Q. What was your life like prior to your CrossFit training and why did you wa
nt to start working with a coach?
My life was good prior to CrossFit. ☺ I was a runner and was active and happy, frankly. But the SECOND I started CrossFit my life got better, way better.
Q. What have been your greatest challenges since you began your CrossFit Training?
Knowing and believing that things that seem unattainable are possible.
Q. What have been your greatest successes since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?
This year has been a hard year for me, as my mother passed away from a crappy disease. It was pretty devastating. Losing a loved one does many different things to different people, and for me, I lost a lot of energy (among other things) this year. CrossFit (in particular CrossFit Julia) was my salvation. Being around such happy, healthy people every day was the best ‘energy boost’ I could ever get. So this year my greatest success was not doing the CrossFit Games for the first time (although I AM proud of that!), it was simply going to CrossFit each day and trying my hardest. No matter how sad I started out the session, I ALWAYS felt better at the end.
Q. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
CrossFit has transcended every single aspect of my life, in a good way. From attitude to outlook to confidence to perspective. CrossFit has also changed what I choose to eat, not because I have been told to do so, but because I want to do so. And by my eating better, I FEEL better. (This is also helpful, I’m finding, when you are feeling sad.)
Q. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
The CrossFit style training is the best thing that ever happened to me. CrossFit training advantages are a thousand-fold: CHALLENGE, encouragement, friendship, happiness, pride, knowledge, and a huge sense of connection.
Q. What advice can you give to others?
Just be PROUD that you are there, doing your best. That is all that matters. Baby steps are the most important steps of all. One small improvement at a time is the way to go. Improving at CrossFit is like learning to play the piano. Practice every day and you will improve. But just know that you can’t play chop-sticks one day and then expect to play Beethoven the next. And it is totally OK. Part of the fun is getting there.