I have always been athletic. I swam competitively in high school and went to the “globo gym” 5-6 times a week in college. I recall spending an hour on the treadmill/elliptical and then another 45 minutes on the weight machines every day. Wow, have things changed!
I’ve also had a competitive itch for as long as I can remember. I like to challenge myself and try new things. My first big challenge was running a half marathon in 2010. I had never run more than 3 miles before. Two years later I made a bet with my boss to run a full marathon. My boss ended up dropping out before the race, but I trained to the finish. I ran 26.2 miles in under 5 hours. That was a huge accomplishment for me! After the marathon I thought to myself, “what’s next?” I just couldn’t go back to the “globo gym!”
Two of my friends were members of CFEV and begged me to try a free Saturday class with them. Being the “all in” type of person that I am, I skipped the free class and signed up for Foundations instead. I was immediately hooked. This was in July of 2012.
Like anyone else starting CrossFit I had a fear that I was in over my head. I was unsure of what I had signed up for. Jessica Law (JLaw) was the trainer my first day of foundations. After going over the first set of movements I did my very first WOD. The WOD was 5 rounds: 250 meter row and 10 burpees. I was hooked! I know it’s hard to believe that rowing and burpees could get anyone hooked, but I was. I think it was a combination of getting my butt kicked by a 5 minute workout that felt like it should have been over 30 and feeling invited into a new community by JLaw. I felt comfortable at CFEV by the end of my very first day.
I joined the gym as soon as foundations was complete and couldn’t wait to start the daily WODs. I was told to start slow, but I just don’t work like that. CrossFit was like an addiction from the start. My first week I went Monday through Friday and have been going 5-6 days a week ever since. Being the “newbie” anywhere can be intimidating, but I’ve never felt that way at CFEV. All of the trainers are very inviting and make a point to learn everyone’s names. Over time they even know what weight you should be pushing yourself to achieve.
Like most females, I always tried the newest fad in diets and my weight has fluctuated ever since college. When I started CrossFit I also made the switch to paleo. I figured if I’m doing one I may as well do the other. I wasn’t 100% strict, but I ate paleo about 80% of the time.
In the beginning of 2013 CFEV held a paleo challenge so I decided to sign up. Once again, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Signing up for the paleo challege was the best decision I’ve made since starting CrossFit! On the first day of the challenge we had a potluck and I made about 20 new friends instantly. I didn’t expect to be as challenged as I was since I had already been paleo for over six months. I was surprised to see exactly how much of a difference being 100% strict for six weeks makes.
The participants had three benchmark WODs to do during week one and week six. I shed almost 2 minutes off of each workout and close to 5 minutes off another! I didn’t lose much weight according to the scale, but I did lose over 11 inches! I was already a winner in my head, but I actually ended up being a winner!! I came in second place out of all the girls who participated in the paleo challenge!
Crossfit and CFEV have completely changed my life. Not only am I accomplishing goals monthly, but sometimes even daily!! My first CrossFit goal was to be able to do one strict pull-up by the end of 2012. I was told by the trainers that if I practice before and after class, eventually I would be able to do it. I took the advice I was given and achieved my first pull-up in December. Now I can do kipping pull-ups and have graduated from using an assistance band for all WODs.
Another goal was to break a 200# deadlift. I went to the gym one Saturday with two friends with 200# on my mind, but I wasn’t 100% convinced I would get it. When I lifted the 205# bar the girls started screaming! The encouragement and motivation I received from my friends and other members is an inspiration in itself to set and achieve new goals daily.
I gave up my membership to the “globo gym” I was a part of 2 months ago and can officially say I have joined “the cult.” I don’t see CrossFit as a cult though. I see CFEV as my family, literally. I’m from the east coast so my family isn’t always accessible, but the friends I have made at CFEV have taken their place when necessary.
I look forward to the daily WODs at CFEV and I have never once dreaded the box. Well, maybe I dreaded it a little when we have to do Fran, but deep down I was excited to see if I could break my time! July will be my year anniversary at CFEV and I can’t wait to see what goals I will attain by next year. Maybe I’ll even get my first muscle up!