Diana Rasul

 

Q. Describe your journey from walking through the door the first time to now. How has your life changed both inside and outside the gym since you started?

I started CrossFit after I quit gymnastics. I was having a tough time finding a sport that was challenging and not repetitive. I tried cross country and track, but didn’t like either of those. Working out at the gym was always a challenge because the workouts were always repetitive and I would have to do it alone. I felt out of shape and was lacking confidence. CrossFit changed that. I am always excited to go to the gym and do the hard workouts with everyone. It is much easier for me to consistently workout and now I am feeling back in shape and my confidence has returned.

Q. What have been your greatest victories and challenges throughout your journey?

My greatest challenge was endurance. Gymnastics teaches people a lot of things, but endurance isn’t one of them. I could barely run 400m. Now I can run 1 mile (1.5 miles on a good day) without having to take a break in the middle.

Q. What drives you to keep coming back? What are your favorite things about your workout experience and with CFJ as a whole? 

I keep coming back because I love the feeling after a really intense workout. I also like having a community of people there suffering through it with you and cheering you on. It makes working out enjoyable. It is also fun to work out with my two sisters and mom. CrossFit has become a competition between us and we challenge each other.  The other day my Dad said that CrossFit has changed our family for the better.  Mostly because we now talk about CrossFit all day long instead of about shopping! He was joking, but it may be true.

          Q. What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout was also my least favorite workout that I ever did. It is called Abbate and goes like this:

“Abbate”

Run 1 mile
155 pound Clean and jerk, 21 reps
Run 800 meters
155 pound Clean and jerk, 21 reps
Run 1 Mil

It’s my least favorite because it took so long and was very intense. It’s my favorite because I felt so accomplished after completing it.


Q. What advice can you give to others?

It gets better. If you’re determined, it’ll get better. The hardest part is getting yourself to the gym.

           Q. What are you looking forward to in the future? 

I’m looking forward to getting stronger and continuing my CrossFit journey as I head to my first year of college in the fall!