I​ ​had​ ​thought​ ​about​ ​doing​ ​CrossFit​ ​for​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​of​ ​years​ ​and​ ​actually​ ​signed​ ​up​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​a​ ​program​ ​at another​ ​gym​ ​but​ ​never​ ​followed​ ​through​ ​because​ ​I​ ​was​ ​both​ ​intimidated​ ​by​ ​the​ ​sport​ ​itself​ ​and​ ​also​ ​by jumping​ ​into​ ​something​ ​so​ ​new​ ​and​ ​different​ ​alone.​ ​I’ve​ ​kinda​ ​always​ ​been​ ​that​ ​person​ ​that​ ​needs​ ​a buddy​ ​for​ ​EVERYTHING.​ ​But​ ​I​ ​made​ ​a​ ​promise​ ​to​ ​myself​ ​this​ ​past​ ​New​ ​Years​ ​that​ ​I​ ​was​ ​going​ ​to​ ​work toward​ ​getting​ ​over​ ​that​ ​and​ ​a​ ​week​ ​later,​ ​I​ ​saw​ ​the​ ​ad​ ​for​ ​the​ ​NEW​ ​YOU​ ​program​ ​and​ ​knew​ ​it​ ​was​ ​a​ ​sign. So​ ​I​ ​emailed​ ​that​ ​day,​ ​went​ ​in​ ​for​ ​my​ ​interview​ ​a​ ​few​ ​days​ ​later​ ​and​ ​haven’t​ ​looked​ ​back​ ​since.

To​ ​be​ ​honest,​ ​I​ ​loved​ ​it​ ​from​ ​the​ ​moment​ ​I​ ​started.​ ​Was​ ​it​ ​hard?​ ​Hell​ ​yes!!​ ​Was​ ​I​ ​intimidated?​ ​Absolutely. I​ ​remember​ ​during​ ​the​ ​first​ ​class,​ ​we​ ​had​ ​to​ ​do​ ​burpees​ ​as​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​WOD​ ​and​ ​I​ ​had​ ​no​ ​idea​ ​what​ ​they were!​ ​​ ​And​ ​then​ ​we​ ​had​ ​to​ ​do​ ​box​ ​jumps​ ​and​ ​I​ ​was​ ​like,​ ​you​ ​want​ ​me​ ​to​ ​do​ ​WHAT?!!!​ ​And​ ​picking​ ​up​ ​a barbell​ ​seemed​ ​like​ ​the​ ​scariest​ ​thing​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world.​ ​​ ​But​ ​I​ ​quickly​ ​learned​ ​that​ ​it​ ​was​ ​OKAY​ ​if​ ​I​ ​didn’t​ ​know what​ ​a​ ​movement​ ​was​ ​or​ ​how​ ​to​ ​do​ ​it​ ​and​ ​that​ ​with​ ​determination​ ​and​ ​practice​ ​on​ ​my​ ​part,​ ​​ ​instruction from​ ​the​ ​coaches​ ​and​ ​encouragement​ ​from​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​crew,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​get​ ​there!

What is my favorite part of CrossFit? Oh​ ​gosh…this​ ​is​ ​hard.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​just​ ​so​ ​much​ ​I​ ​LOVE!!!​ ​First​ ​off,​ ​the​ ​community​ ​is​ ​incredible.​ ​I​ ​never​ ​in​ ​my life​ ​have​ ​been​ ​around​ ​a​ ​more​ ​fun,​ ​encouraging​ ​and​ ​positive​ ​group​ ​of​ ​people​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​addictive​ ​and intoxicating.​ ​I’ve​ ​always​ ​been​ ​this​ ​crazy​ ​positive​ ​person​ ​and​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​I’m​ ​amongst​ ​like​ ​minded​ ​souls​ ​and at​ ​home​ ​when​ ​I’m​ ​at​ ​the​ ​gym​ ​or​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Arsenal​ ​Crew.​ ​Second,​ ​it​ ​has​ ​been​ ​an​ ​amazing​ ​stress​ ​relief​ ​for me.​ ​I​ ​didn’t​ ​realize​ ​how​ ​much​ ​I​ ​was​ ​letting​ ​stress​ ​impact​ ​my​ ​life​ ​and​ ​with​ ​no​ ​outlet,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​just​ ​sitting​ ​there. Now​ ​I​ ​just​ ​lay​ ​it​ ​out​ ​at​ ​the​ ​gym​ ​every​ ​day​ ​and​ ​I​ ​FEEL​ ​so​ ​much​ ​better.​ ​Third,​ ​it​ ​feeds​ ​my​ ​competitive​ ​nature in​ ​a​ ​brand​ ​new​ ​way.​ ​​ ​I’ve​ ​loved​ ​competing​ ​on​ ​a​ ​team​ ​and​ ​with​ ​and​ ​against​ ​other​ ​people​ ​since​ ​I​ ​was​ ​a​ ​kid, but​ ​CrossFit​ ​has​ ​provided​ ​me​ ​with​ ​an​ ​amazing​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​be​ ​competitive​ ​with​ ​myself!​ ​I​ ​LOVE​ ​re-doing a​ ​WOD​ ​or​ ​retesting​ ​a​ ​one​ ​rep​ ​max​ ​and​ ​pushing​ ​myself​ ​to​ ​do​ ​better​ ​and​ ​be​ ​better​ ​than​ ​before!​ ​There​ ​are times​ ​when​ ​the​ ​workout​ ​is​ ​draining​ ​me​ ​and​ ​I​ ​think​ ​I’m​ ​giving​ ​my​ ​all,​ ​but​ ​then​ ​I​ ​look​ ​at​ ​my​ ​time​ ​or​ ​my weight​ ​and​ ​realize​ ​I’m​ ​so​ ​close​ ​to​ ​a​ ​new​ ​PR​ ​so​ ​I​ ​push​ ​harder​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​that​ ​goal.

I’ve​ ​learned​ ​that​ ​my​ ​body​ ​and​ ​mind​ ​are​ ​capable​ ​of​ ​so​ ​much​ ​more​ ​than​ ​I​ ​ever​ ​thought.​ ​CrossFit​ ​has​ ​not only​ ​helped​ ​me​ ​improve​ ​my​ ​physical​ ​health​ ​but​ ​also​ ​my​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​in​ ​ways​ ​that​ ​I​ ​could​ ​have​ ​never imagined.​ ​I​ ​think​ ​as​ ​humans,​ ​our​ ​minds​ ​are​ ​conditioned​ ​to​ ​think​ ​that​ ​we​ ​aren’t​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​this,​ ​we​ ​aren’t good​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​this​ ​and​ ​we​ ​can’t​ ​do​ ​this.​ ​Whatever​ ​THIS​ ​may​ ​be.​ ​Our​ ​minds​ ​are​ ​also​ ​trained​ ​for comparison​ ​and​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​inferior​ ​if​ ​we​ ​are​ ​in​ ​a​ ​room​ ​full​ ​of​ ​people​ ​that​ ​are​ ​doing​ ​something​ ​that​ ​we​ ​CAN’T do.​ ​CrossFit​ ​has​ ​completely​ ​erased​ ​that​ ​mindset​ ​from​ ​my​ ​brain​ ​and​ ​now​ ​CAN’T​ ​really​ ​doesn’t​ ​exist​ ​for me.​ ​I​ ​mean​ ​I​ ​jokingly​ ​say​ ​it​ ​all​ ​the​ ​time,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​actually​ ​mean​ ​it.​ ​I​ ​just​ ​mean​ ​that​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​right​ ​now​ ​and “can’t​ ​right​ ​now”​ ​doesn’t​ ​mean​ ​CAN’T.​ ​For​ ​me,​ ​it​ ​just​ ​means…​ ​what​ ​do​ ​I​ ​need​ ​to​ ​do​ ​and​ ​how​ ​do​ ​I​ ​need​ ​to train​ ​to​ ​get​ ​there?​ ​Which​ ​is​ ​incredibly​ ​empowering.