About 3 years before actually starting CrossFit I caught my first CrossFit games on ESPN. I thought the concept was really cool, and a lot more fun to do than traditional working out. Like in a lot of unknown aspects about life, I didn’t really know where to start. The more curious I got the more I met people that were involved in the sport, but “fear of the unknown” kept me from just jumping in solo. One day Bekah, a fairly new member to Balcones invited me to an open workout event. I came in with the thought of just observing, but the atmosphere hooked me in pretty quick. The workout was 14.5 of the Open in 2014, thrusters and burpees for time. It was one of the toughest and exhausting workouts I had ever done, but I was asked /motivated to finish the workout completely. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment when I finished my last burpee. I like the way that the accomplishment felt, and felt like I needed it.
My first impression was a little bit of disbelief I have to say, an entire gym working together to reach the same individual goal. Finish the workout!!! The atmosphere motivated me to go ahead and try out the workout. I knew I was too out of shape to put up a good time, but the only thing that mattered was that I finish no matter what the time. And that, made it feel ok!
With the support and knowledge of the staff my diet has seen a major overhaul. This did not happen overnight, and it took hitting several physical walls to see the necessities of it. But I listened to my body and communicated with the instructors what I was feeling. A simple suggestion or change and I was busting through that wall and on my way to the next one. Throughout different intervals I had to make little tweaks here and there. And believe it or not most of the time I was being recommended to eat more, but more of the right food. Foods that would become the fuel I needed to survive my workouts and maintain a constant work output . Only once was I recommended to take basic protein and mineral supplements, and in all honesty I was the one that asked.
I’ve seen major changes in my physical appearance but more importantly my capabilities, and that was the initial reason for wanting to get into CrossFit. When Tanner invited me in for a one on one I told him I wanted to have the confidence and the ability to complete any task put in front of me. He responded that it was a great goal and very important for my growth, but that we needed stepping stones to achieve that. I surpassed all my original goals, some faster than others, but one goal I never told him was that I wanted to always show up. To not give in to the fact that it’s ok to miss a day. I’m proud to say that, except for a vacation and a week I was out sick with a fever, that I have been there every day for the work outs I am signed up for.
Now that I have the confidence and capability to perform any task presented I am working on adding new capabilities. My primary goal for this year is to RX any movement or workout as prescribed instead of needing to modify them. Movements that require me to hold my body weight elevated off the ground have always been a weakness of mine, and I am looking forward to conquering this Achilles heel.
There are a lot of memories that I can tag to each individual person in the gym. It truly is a tight knit family that is constantly growing, expanding, and striving for success. But my favorite memory is undoubtedly my first workout at Balcones, 14.5, the moment I chose to just finish the workout will always by my turning point, and I haven’t turned back sense!!!! Thank you Bekah and my judge Darla wouldn’t let me stop, if I did I’m not sure I would be where I am at!!!
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