As someone who never regularly worked out or was involved in athletics, I was intimated when I set my sights on finding a regular workout routine. I had just finished a grueling three years in a PhD program at the University of Houston, and I wanted to challenge myself physically after being challenged emotionally and mentally! I work as the Director of UH Wellness at the University of Houston, where we focus on health education and health promotion – everything from alcohol and drugs, mental health, to sexual violence prevention. I felt I owed it as a role model in my community to be physically active. I had started at another local Crossfit box that soon closed, and found my way to Crossfit Equality in late March 2016.
My first impression of the classes was the structure – something I really craved. My time at CFE started off with fundamentals with Coach Ann, which helped ease some of my nervousness about entering a community as the “new guy” and gave me confidence with many of the common movements. Regarding our regular workouts, I love how every day is different and that you can build upon skills you learn over time. There is definitely time to fine tune certain movements and skills! Within the past year, our programming has been upgraded and we have ample time to warm-up and cool down, as well as try our hands at different types of conditioning and strength building.
The people are also very welcoming – we have some fantastic coaches that really are focused on you as an individual. I also strongly belief in the core principles of the company that Coach Ann has built – that no matter who you are or where you come from, you are welcome and part of the CFE family.
Since starting Crossfit, I’ve lost over 20 pounds and feel like I have more energy than ever before! My family and friends have definitely noticed the difference. That has to be my proudest accomplishment.
When I was younger, I hated doing anything that was physical activity related – but now I cannot wait to make it up to the CFE box! For someone new or wanting to try Crossfit, I would say first step out of your box mentally. There will definitely be some nervousness you first few times – but remember we all started somewhere. Challenge yourself to give your all EVERY day – and you’ll be rewarded.