Reason I CrossFit: Initially it was to see what all the rage was about. After years of running, I was ready to try something new but didn’t want to go back to the gym. It was certainly humbling at first (freaking double unders…) but became addictive quickly. I love the diversity and the intensity of the workouts. For years I was doing virtually the same workout in the gym and boredom was an understatement. CrossFit radically changed my workout perspective. Favorite Lift/WOD: Either Murph or FGB. My only hope in keeping up with the 20 somethings is to out endure them. I sure won’t do it on a max effort lift! Biggest Accomplishment: I don’t know that I have a “big” accomplishment. I think this CrossFit journey has been a series of daily improvements. My lifts are improving; I’m more disciplined in my diet and am still able to run at a reasonable pace. So all in all, I’d say the “big” accomplishment has simply been jumping in and loving CrossFit. What Keeps Me Coming: I CrossFit presumably for the same reason most do – the daily search for a new PR in whatever the WOD might be. I’ll admit however that the value of CrossFit for me is only 50% exercise related. The other half is the community which is something I would have never imagined walking into the box for the first time! Boxes Visited: I try and visit different boxes wherever I’ve traveled. I’ve been to boxes from Maine to Florida and over to Hawaii and several states in between. It’s been fun being a part of the CrossFit culture and seeing how different coaches work. It’s always good to come home though!
Reason I CrossFit: After years of running, I absolutely love the variety. Never the same day twice. Favorite Lift/WOD: Shoulder press, Cindy. Biggest Accomplishment: Went from 0 to 4 strict pull-ups in 3 months. What Keeps Me Coming: I love being surprised at what I can do. At 40, I'm unquestionably in the best shape of my life and doing things I never thought I would. Boxes Visited: Crossfit Charleston (SC) Mortal Crossfit (Georgetown, TX), Breakers Crossfit (N Myrtle Beach, SC)
Reason I CrossFit: Step above the normal gym routine. CrossFit is a way to push yourself way beyond your normal everyday workout. I was looking for something that would not only push me on my workouts, but keep me motivated long term. In the year and a half I have been coming to CrossFit I have seen continued progress and look forward to the next workout. At CrossFit Wake Forest, I have great coaches who push me way beyond what I thought I could do and they ensure that I am using proper technique for better results. Favorite Lift/WOD: Hard to choose a favorite lift, but I really appreciate the Olympic style lifting using the bumper plates. Most of these lifts I have either never done or at least since my college days. These are also the lifts I could not do at my regular gym. I also like the Hero WOD’s because they are a way to honor fallen Heroes and the workouts are always very tough. Biggest Accomplishment: Would be Double Unders. When I first started CF I couldn't string together more than two in a row. I can now get through most of the DU WODs unbroken...or at least minimally. What Keeps Me Coming: Seeing the improvements in my fitness level and the camaraderie at the box. It is great to look back at your personal benchmarks and see how much you have improved on your lifts and daily workouts. With CrossFit you also have the ability to compete with other boxes locally as well as participate in the CrossFit Games every year. We have a lot of fun with this at CF Wake Forest and participation is always high. Boxes Visited: I travel a lot for work and there are CF Boxes in almost every town I have been to….including San Juan, Puerto Rico. The CrossFit community is very welcoming and supportive everywhere I have been.
Reason I CrossFit: Builds physical and mental strength by pushing one beyond their comfort zone. Favorite Lift/WOD: Deadlift, Front/back squats Biggest Accomplishment: I haven't given up :) I've gotten stronger and developed more definition. What Keeps Me Coming: My husband loves the results; I love the results and sense of accomplishment, and the coaches/people at CFWF. Boxes Visited: None yet.
Reason I CrossFit: I was seeking an environment that keep me motivated and maximize results in the limited amount of time I have available to work out each week. CrossFit provides coaching, camaraderie and effectiveness. The intense workouts are a physical and mental challenge to overcome, so I have a nice feeling of accomplishment after every workout. Favorite Lift/WOD: Overhead squat because I'm not completely terrible at it. Biggest Accomplishment: Sun, moon and planets aligned and I linked 4 double unders. What Keeps Me Coming: The noticeable gains I make on a regular basis keeps me motivated to return and stay committed. The friends I've made at CFWF are one of a kind. Except for Robb. Stay away from that dude. Boxes Visited: I don't visit other boxes. When travelling, I'll do modified CrossFit workouts with equipment available.