I’ve been doing CrossFit for 4 ½ years. When I found CrossFit, I was immediately drawn to the intensity and the highly competitive environment. I love the loud music, the banter, the fun and laughter, but more than anything, the support and encouragement we give and get from each another every day we walk into the gym.
That’s not to say it’s been easy, CrossFit exposed all of my weaknesses. When I started, I was intimidated by the strong women and men. I couldn’t do a push up, pull up or a proper sit up. It took me a year to get my first double under, longer to get my kipping pull up, and 3 years to get the elusive muscle up. Today, each of these and so many more weaknesses have become competitive advantages. I’ve competed in many local events, 4 Opens, 3 Masters Qualifiers and this year, I’ll go to the Games.
I’m motivated by being around others who have a similar view of CrossFit and life. I believe that anything is possible if you want it bad enough and you’re willing to work for it. My 72-year old mom, who is a regular at Loop, participated in her first Open this year. You’ll see her in early almost every day working on her skills. Why? She wants to RX in next year’s Open.
Finally, and most importantly, I’ve made great friends who have supported me through more than a few of life’s challenges. I’ve been fortunate to be part of the CrossFit community when it came together at a moment’s notice to support Kevin Ogar and Tony Lopez. Last year, I was part of the Do More Challenge that raised more than $200,000 for Colorado Charities. To me, CrossFit is about more than fitness, it’s about building a strong community and I’m very proud to be part it.