Endless CrossFit has chosen Vanessa Newman to be our stand out athlete! Here is her story in her own words:
I started Crossfit in late September 2012. While my story mimics most stories I’ve read online about other beginning Crossfitters, I have my own story to tell. Over the years, I have managed to maintain a decent figure overall. I have always enjoyed running around and playing with the dog or my son and nephews, but I never would have considered myself an athlete. At my thinnest, I was about a size 2-4 but that was all diet, or lack thereof. I was thin but not in shape, I would still get out of breath walking from the office to my car. I was a “skinny fat girl”. After I turned 32, that’s when my metabolism caught up with me. I started gaining some weight and the more weight I gained, the lazier I got, the more depressed I got. My routine consisted of going to work, coming home and having dinner and watching television, all from the couch. Then I would go from lying on the couch to going to bed. The more depressed and lazy I got, the chubbier I got…you know the routine. I woke up one morning and there was this spare tire around my waist. I remember over the Summer, walking up to my nephew and him pointing out to me that my legs jiggle a lot when I walked. My sister and I decided we would start walking the dogs so we set out on a 4 mile walk every weekend. As the weather grew colder, we were walking less and less. During that time, my sister started doing Crossfit in the garage of our current trainers’ house. She tried it once and immediately loved it. The more she talked about it, the more I had to try it.
My first time was a full-on WOD. I was taught the squat and basic moves and then did a very scaled down version of the work out everyone else was doing. It was the most horrible, wonderful thing ever. As Mike would say, I drank the kool aid. I have been going to Crossfit consistently for almost 6 months now. I try really hard not to weigh myself but I did take measurements when I started. I am waiting to re-measure until I at least get a good, solid 6 months in. I can’t tell you I have lost a huge amount of weight; I didn’t have that much to lose. I can’t tell you I lost inches and inches. I am not one of those people that went in as a very heavy person and had dramatic results. This is where my story differs. That first day I walked into the garage, I saw all of these bars and weights and thought to myself, I can do the other stuff but I will never be able to lift weights, it was so scary to even think of the possibility. Now, every day I am closer to being in the best shape of my life…cliché but true. I do 20 inch box jumps, 35 pound kettle bell swings and gasp, I LOVE doing hang cleans and dead lifts! I walk out of that gym every single day feeling so proud of what I just accomplished, feeling so strong and so happy. I plan to continue Crossfit forever. I am not looking to be a body builder or to lose a significant amount of weight, I plan to change my lifestyle and work out the same way I eat, sleep and breathe. The even better part is that I have my sister with me every step of the way and have brought on my son, who dreams of competing one day. I have met so many great new friends already; I am so excited to see where this journey takes us. In a short time, my Crossfit family has become like my real family. We are so encouraging of each other, we lift each other up, we cheer each other on and when times are bad, we are each other’s shoulder to lean on. I cannot possibly put into words what Crossfit has done for me mentally, physically, emotionally; it’s like nothing I have ever experienced in my life.
I have my sister to thank for telling me all about it and I definitely have Mike and Kim to thank. I don’t know if they will ever realize what an impact they have had on my life and wish them all of the success.
I am 36 years old and a mother to a 17 year old. I wear socks that say “Strong Mama” and “Bad Ass”. I go to work with my gym bag and count down the hours until I can go to the garage, which is now an actual Crossfit box!! My son and I raz each other about who has the heavier weight. My sister and I have PVC pipes at home so we can perfect our squats. My life has changed completely in the 6 months I have been doing this. I am not ashamed to admit that Crossfit is my boyfriend and he is the best one I have ever had.