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?
When I first started CFJ, I thought I was in pretty good shape, but I quickly realized that I had a long way to go. After a four year break, and a baby, I came back to the gym and started all over. It’s really humbling and difficult to break back into a steady workout routine, but it feels so good to accomplish something that once seemed impossible. When I have to do something difficult in my day to day life, it’s easier now to just hold my head up high and get it done.
Q. What have been your greatest victories and challenges throughout your journey?
Every time I complete a challenging workout without giving up feels like a victory to me. Overall, I feel a lot stronger and capable. Lifting strength and anything involving overhead weights has been a huge challenge for me.
Q. What are you the most proud of accomplishing along the way?
Continuing to show up when I know the workout is going to challenge one of my weaknesses is the hardest part, but I always feel great afterwards.
Q. What future goals do you have?
My forever goal is to be able to do a real pull-up and I want to be in good enough shape to participate in 5K’s.
Q. What drives you to keep coming back?
I like the way I feel after working out and I love the community at CrossFit Julia. It’s a lot easier to push myself when I know that everyone else is feeling the pain too. Everyone I’ve met at the gym has been really supportive of everyone else.
Q. What are your most and least favorite workouts and why?
I love lower-body focused workouts, kettlebells, ring dips, and tabata styled workouts because I feel like I’m improving a lot with these excises. Anyone who knows me knows about my aversion to running or intense cardio, but it still feels pretty good to push myself through these types of workouts.
Q. What advice can you give to others?
Focus on yourself and your own abilities and limitations and show up to the workouts that you don’t want to go to.
Q. Any other details you would like to share about your experience?
I remember 5 years ago, Shawn would always say. “There aint much to it but to do it,” and I still find myself saying that to myself from time to time when I need to push through something that I don’t want to.