There were several factors that inspired me to try CrossFit. In late December 2013, I was thinking about how tired I was of feeling out of shape, having no energy, carrying extra weight, not feeling comfortable in my clothes and generally not liking what I saw in the mirror each day. Since I’m getting a little older, I was also concerned about the effects of a somewhat sedentary lifestyle on my long-term health. I’ve tried lots of different exercise programs and diets but could never really stick with them for the typical reasons. I got bored with the routine, sick of counting calories or didn’t see the results I was hoping for and got discouraged.
My massage therapist had been going to CrossFit for awhile and she talked about it every time I saw her. Over time, I had seen the changes in her physical appearance, so I knew that she was getting positive results. It seemed intimidating from all the stories I had heard about the intensity of the CrossFit program, but I thought I could at least give it a try. So, I hit Google up for the closest CrossFit to my house and found Balcones. I’m so glad I did!
I emailed Tanner through the website and he immediately got back to me. Even in his return email, I was impressed by his positive, encouraging attitude. I went to an introductory one on one session with Tanner on January 3, 2013 and was again impressed with how he assessed my flexibility, balance and basic coordination. I could tell that he valued the importance of injury prevention and matching my workout with my physical abilities.
My first real class was a few days later and I knew it was going to be challenging for me. However, Tanner and the members in class were so encouraging and cheered me on. It really pumped me up and helped me push my body a little harder during the WOD. The continuous encouragement, positive reinforcement and constantly changing workouts are my favorite things about CrossFit.
There have been so many changes for me since I started a little over a year ago. I’m down 2 sizes, lost almost 20 pounds, my posture has improved and I’m stronger than I’ve ever been in my life. I have more energy and feel like I have more physical abilities than ever before. I have more confidence in everything that I do, both mentally and physically.
I’m always working to improve my form on lifts. It’s been a big challenge for me, but I know that as my form gets better, I’ll get stronger and even more benefit from the workouts. I also realize that good form decreases the chance of injury, so I want to focus on good form as a priority over lifting more weight.
I’m also working toward doing a strict pull up. This isn’t something I’ve ever been able to do, so it would be a huge achievement for me.
My favorite Balcones memory is the first time I was able to do a wall walk. I surprised myself and that’s when I realized that I was truly getting stronger and beginning a physical transformation. I’ve had lots of other milestones over the last year, but that was my very first real sense of accomplishment.
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