I started crossfit and working out with my Endless family in January of 2015. Two of my close friends, Lindsay and Ryan, had been working out at Endless for awhile. Our other friends and I had given them trouble about their dedication to this “cult” known as crossfit, but we were supportive of them and their competitions. In January 2015, Ryan was competing in his first comp with Lindsay and some other friends so we went to cheer them on. As we watched them move through the WOD, I became more and more interested even though I didn’t know what the lifts were called or what any of the lingo meant. We left the comp that Saturday and I started asking Lindsay more questions-by Friday, January 30th, I was attending my first class and I joined the following Tuesday.
I’m a pretty competitive person-I tried most sports growing up and still like to play and be active at almost 40. Crossfit has been different though. At first, I was frustrated with myself because I didn’t know what the movements were or couldn’t do most of them as they were written in the WODs. As my confidence started to build and I started trying more weight, more movements, pushing myself a little harder, I really started to see changes. Now, after putting in extra time in open gym and the gymnastics classes, I can do a pull-up with just one band (a HUGE goal of mine!), I’ve started to move through the progressions to walk on my hands and do handstand push-ups, I’ve adjusted my grip and become more comfortable on the bar as I work towards toes-to-bar, and so much more. I never thought 1 year later that I’d have stuck with it and accomplished so much. Not only have I gained strength, confidence, and better body movement-I’ve lost 18 pounds and 18+inches!
Working out has become part of my routine not only because of the support I get from home (Thank you, Nikki!), but the encouragement I receive from everyone at Endless. The coaches and other athletes are there to cheer you on-whether it’s a new skill you’ve gotten, a PR you’ve earned, or doing extra reps with you to get you to the finish. My times aren’t as quick, my weights aren’t as heavy, and I still scale a lot of movements. I’m okay with that and I know how far I have come. I get excited when I can earn a letter on the board, and I can’t wait to see what’s next-hopefully my first competition!