I was looking for a change when I stumbled upon CrossFit Equality.  I do not like working out alone and just won’t work out.  I had worked out with personal trainers over the years with good results but personal trainers are expensive.  My massage therapists had become the mobility coach for another box and kept posting mobility videos on Facebook.  Other friends were involved with CrossFit, but my massage therapist getting involved gave CrossFit a seal of approval in my eyes.  I started looking for a box near home and work since his box was too far.  CrossFit Equality is within 5 miles of my home and office so I contacted them.  During my initial visit, everyone was friendly and welcoming.  About a month later I joined a 6-week New You Challenge and haven’t regretted giving CrossFit a try.  Now I’ll never have to work out alone and I’ll get the personal attention of the coaches as needed.  I also have more encouragement from the coaches and members than I could ever have imagined.

My first impression of CrossFit classes was there is no way I can do this.  In the beginning, I thought I was going to die during the workouts.  Now, I know I can do the workouts and scale as needed.

My life is forever changed because of CrossFit.  Through CrossFit and especially the support system at CrossFit Equality, I will get stronger and healthier.  This is extremely important since I must take better care of myself to prevent becoming diabetic.  Diabetes runs in my family, and I was not doing enough to ensure I wouldn’t become diabetic.  Nutrition is the key to my health and fitness goals.  I love that CrossFit Equality stresses the importance of nutrition and continually has challenges to keep you on track with nutrition.

Outside of the gym, my biggest obsession is going to concerts.  In the last year, I decided I needed to start volunteering again so I got involved at my church and with a mentoring program for kids.  I was glad to find that CrossFit Equality also coordinates volunteer events in the community.  Yet another reason I know this place is the right place for me.

My favorite memory to date is completing 17.5 scaled in under 20 minutes with the encouragement of everyone at our Friday Night Lights during the 2017 CrossFit Open.

My first WOD was 10 min AMRAP of 5 burpees, 10 box step ups and 15 sit-ups. It was a tough first WOD, but I’m happy to report that I improved the second time I did that WOD.

My two proudest accomplishments in health and fitness are (1) winning a 28-day nutrition challenge at CrossFit Equality and losing 2.4% body fat and (2) participating in the 2017 CrossFit Open.

My advice to someone new to CrossFit is:  don’t be afraid to give it a real try like sign up for a 6-week challenge if possible; scale if you need to; and definitely don’t let your ego get in the way.  I hope you are lucky enough to find a CrossFit family as awesome as mine!

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