What brought you to CrossFit?
Two friends. One in 2008 who introduced me to crossfit.com. I followed the WODs in my apartment in DC as best I could with no equipment. Within a few months the WODs became impossible for me to do with no weights or pull up bar, so I gave up. I had never heard of a box at this point. In 2013 I saw a post on Facebook from a high school friend (with whom I had mostly lost touch, save for Facebook) about a new CrossFit box opening in Columbia and that they were offering free classes. So I decided to try it again and see if it would be a better fit having access to equipment and coaching.
What was your first impression?
My first impression was exactly what I had expected – the WOD was hard and pushed me in new ways. My second impression was something I never expected – the coaches were welcoming of my incessant questions about form (I had gotten hurt weight lifting in high school because of improper form, and since then have become obsessed with ensuring I do weighted movements correctly), and the group of athletes was very encouraging of one another.
What’s been your biggest accomplishment?
I’d say I’ve had two. The first is sticking with CrossFit. I tend to get bored with workouts and move on to something different after a time, but with CrossFit I keep setting fixed goals for myself so I always have something to work toward. The second is learning to find success in increasing the weight on the rack, rather than worrying about the weight on the scale. I have Hashimoto’s, the autoimmune form of hypothyroidism, so losing weight has always been nearly impossible for me and with other types of workouts I’ve focused on doing it to lose weight rather than doing it to get better, and then gotten frustrated when the weight didn’t budge. With CrossFit, I worry about getting better, lifting heavier, and completing more reps, not about what my metabolism is (or really, isn’t) doing.
What are you working on now?
Being able to do a strict pull up. I’ve never done one, not even as a kid. And before CrossFit, I just assumed I never would. But with the coaching I’ve received on how to scale the movement and work toward a full, strict pull up, I’m now confident that with enough work I’ll get there.
What’s your favorite CrossFit COMO memory?
Smashing my squat goal for the year by 15lbs – in February. I had clearly underestimated my capabilities, and I love that CrossFit shows me that my limits are way beyond what I had imagined.