1. What was your life like prior to your CrossFit training and why did you want to start working with a coach?
Prior to CrossFit, I led a relatively balanced and active lifestyle- traveling, running, yoga, and a job that kept me on my feet. I moved to Boulder for a new career (behind a desk) a year before finding CFJ. In that year my life became consumed with my job, my normal workout routine became boring, and I was dying to meet people outside of the office. I really wanted to start lifting heavy weights, and a friend who is a coach in Florida suggested that I give CrossFit a try. It was the best decision I made since moving to Colorado!
2. What have been your greatest challenges (physically, mentally, emotionally) since you began your CrossFit Training?
My biggest hurdle was learning how to deal with the first plateau. It was also a struggle to learn to check my ego at the door and respect where my body, mind, and emotions are each day. It’s such a thrill, though, to push myself to a PR and be able to wail on the bell. It’s like they say, CrossFit doesn’t get easier, it just sucks less. It’s a really great feeling to realize how much less 50 burpees suck now compared to a year ago.
3. What have been your greatest successes (physically,mentally or emotionally) since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?
I am most proud of getting over my mental block of box jumps. I went from not being able to do a 20″ box jump to RX’ing a WOD on a 24″ (after some strong encouragement), and then afterward stacking plates a little higher than 24″ and still landing them. It has become easier to switch off my brain and just let my body do the work when I’m tired, especially when I keep in mind that I can do anything for just a few more minutes. My body feels stronger and more reliable than when I began CrossFit because I challenge it daily. I’m not worried anymore about blowing out my knee while skiing, and I never ask anyone to move something heavy for me. Working on functional movements, lifting heavy weight, and improving flexibility/mobility have kept me injury-free.
4. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
One of my favorite sayings is, “If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?”
I look forward to walking into the box everyday with the chance to improve upon something. I am inspired when I see my friends throw around weights like they’re toys and achieve new skills like muscle-ups. Overall, I am happier, much stronger, more disciplined, and my inner voice is getting louder.
5. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
High intensity and varied programming keep me interested, and I constantly see improvements in my body. There is a solid sense of community at CFJ. We all push and support each other to achieve more, but without judgement. Just watching the person next to you get that heavy lift is enough to make you add an extra 5 or 10 more pounds to the bar next time. The coaches are actively involved with everyone in the class, and they help keep us accountable. We are lucky to be able to work with every one of them.
6. What advice can you give to others?
Respect your own abilities, and remember that your body may perform differently during each WOD in the beginning. Mobilize everyday, even if it’s just holding perfect stretch while waiting on the coffee maker in the morning. If you’re new to CrossFit, don’t look at scores on the white board until after the WOD. Eating healthy and cutting back on the happy hours is the difference between just going to CrossFit and killing it at CrossFit. Trust me, you want to kill it.
7. Any other details you would like to share about your experience would be great!
If you are new to CFJ, I encourage you to sign up for one of the challenges. It is a fantastic way to improve your technique, get some ego-boosting PRs, and meet some amazing fellow athletes.