What got you started in CrossFit? How did you hear about it?
I actually have no idea. I am a drive-by joiner. I was looking for a healthy hobby and always drove by All Level on my way to drop off my son and just thought I’d check it out. I knew nothing about what “Crossfit” was and joined on impulse. I’m super cheap, err I mean thrifty, so it was unlike me to do so, but I’m very happy I did.
2.What is your favourite part about coming to the gym?
The high at the end of doing a hard workout is my favourite part. I have never regretted going to a workout. It’s competitive, but mostly with yourself, and I really like when I beat myself. A close second is the people – it’s fun to see your friends doing awesome things and there’s always some laughs and cheesy jokes from the coaches. Also, I can bring my son and he loves it there. Also, the music. Also, I’m bad at choosing one thing.
3. What is your favourite CrossFit movement? Least favourite?
My favourite is the one pull-up I can consistently do. It was a proud moment doing my first one during the Open and it’s something I never thought I’d be able to do. My least favourite are box jumps and snatches, mostly because I’m a wuss.
4. What are your goals in CrossFit?
I would really love to be able to do more than one pull-up in a row, to not be scared to jump on the 24” box, and to push myself to try the maximum workout scaling I’m capable of, instead of what I’m comfortable with. I want to keep challenging myself rather than sticking with what I know I can do.
5. How do you explain your newfound obsession with CrossFit?
Everyone I know has made fun of how much I love it, yet simultaneously are very interested in joining something similar. I’m stronger and happier and those are pretty good reasons to be obsessed with something.
6. What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of trying CrossFit?
I would say to try it for at least 6 months. Nobody was/is more awkward with these new movements than me, but when you start to get it, your body starts changing and it’s mentally very rewarding. I’ve been there 1 year now and there have been zero negatives to joining. I’ve tried bootcamps and the gym in the past but these workouts are harder and much more fun.
7. What does CrossFit mean to you?
It’s MY thing. I’m pretty busy working and mom-ing and I really wanted something that was just for me. It’s a really great outlet for me. It’s also a nice community of positive people all all trying to improve their health in some way. The community part was a nice plus to what I hoped to get out of this experience and it’s why I’m never leaving! I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a group where there are no negative, heavy personalities until I joined here.
8. How has CrossFit helped you improve your life outside of the gym?
It’s impacted every part of my life. If I had to compare myself now to myself a year ago before I joined, I probably wouldn’t recognize her much. I have more energy, confidence, and sometimes I even talk to people now! I’m a better mom – my son is always copying my exercises and happily comes to the gym with me regularly. I’m almost never in a bad mood. As you can see, I’m very thankful for this gym and the people.