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// What was your life like prior to your CrossFit training and why did you want to start working with a coach?

Before CrossFit, a typical work out for me consisted of about 45 minutes to an hour of cardio, followed by lifting of a specific muscle group. The downside to this method was if you missed, let’s say, leg day on Wednesday, you’re then waiting another week to get it done. Talk about guilt trip! Aside from what felt like an inconvenience, I think the biggest frustration overall was the constant struggle to find a work out that could provide the intensity and challenges that I always had as a gymnast.

// What have been your greatest challenges (physically, mentally, emotionally) since you began your CrossFit Training?

I would say my greatest challenge physically has been sloooowly watching my endurance improve. Running has never been a strong suit of mine, so I started making small goals for every WOD that included running (making it a certain distance before stopping to walk or telling myself that it didn’t matter how slow I had to run as long as I didn’t stop-those of course were days I was feeling a bit feisty!) Shawn reminded me one day that we’re all going to plateau once in awhile, and we just need to focus our attention on getting over that hump, instead of getting frustrated. Couldn’t agree more! I’m also currently working on linking more and more reps and keeping a consistent pace through out each WOD.

// 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?

During the second week of the Evolution classes, we went over proper technique and form in preparation for FRAN. I had not done an unassisted pull up in about 8 years, and by the time that class was over I had done around 50. I think 10 people got a text that night about how excited I was!

Several weeks later during a WOD with dead lifts, I did the 105 lb modification-and this was not easy. Fast-forward 4 months; I was challenged to try 225 lbs. This is now my new PR.

On a different note, as a female who has experienced negativity with body image and self-esteem and even ventured down a few unhealthy paths, I am happy to say that I have come a long way. CF has definitely helped me appreciate my natural build and embrace my girly muscles! Remember, “strong is the new skinny!”

// How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?

When I’m not at CrossFit, I’m usually thinking about it and when I’m there, I can’t get enough. There is always room for improvement and that’s what keeps me coming back. The style of training that CF provides, allows you to see results quickly. And hey, who doesn’t like seeing results?

I’ve led my parents through several “at home” CF workouts. Everything from wall balls with basketballs, to kettle bell swings with a dumb bell, to looking like weirdo’s attempting grasshopper in the front yard. I think I finally got through to them that a 10-minute AMRAP is harder than it sounds!

// What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?

The intensity and variety keep CF fun and challenging. I love that in 1 hour you get a full body workout leaving you temporarily exhausted, but yet more energized through out the day. If you haven’t tried the 6am class, do it. It’s not too often you can say you’ve completed forty 95lb hang cleans before 7am!

Furthermore, I truly believe that working out in a group setting with a coach, will push you 10x harder than you would on your own. Whether you’re in it to compete with others or just using it as an opportunity to push yourself, there is no doubt you will see improvement and results.

// What advice can you give to others?

Embrace the rope burns, show off your hard earned bruises, take care of your hands, and know that it’s perfectly normal leaving that place looking like a drowned rat!