Being a former athlete, working out always had a purpose: to train for the game, the season, to get bigger/faster/stronger, and to be the best that you could be. There was always a reason for me to work out, and I was always working out. Always a goal to work toward, and I had been working out for close to a decade. Then, after college, there were not any more games to train for, and after that long, working out felt more like a job than anything else. I was burned-out.
On top of that, life happened. Marriage. Kids. Starting my own business. Life got in the way of exercise. I always had an excuse of why I could not workout. I forgot my gym bag, not enough time, too early, I had meetings. Board meetings. Fundraising meetings. Finance committee meetings. Fill in the blank, and it was an excuse. I can honestly say I was like Chandler for a few years, with being a “member” of a gym(Friends reference). All of that is what it is, but not having a workout was one of my biggest obstacles.
I had worked out off and on since my college playing days, but nothing really stuck. Being a competitive athlete, someone else was always providing me with my workout. Strength coaches developing them to maximize your output so you could perform at your peak level. I knew what I needed to do, but really was not motivated to workout and would throw something together just to stay active to some extent.
Fast forward, to mid June of 2018. I had just turned 39 in April of 2018, and I was staring 40 in the face. My laundry list of injuries from the past were hurting, and I was also getting pretty heavy and constantly tired. I did not like the way I felt. My clothes were a little bit tighter. I needed to change some things up, and it had to be sooner than later. My college roomate, who lived in NC at the time, was into CrossFit, and he shared some workouts with me to look at. I attempted a few of them. I hated them, but liked them at the same time. Then, I looked up the CrossFit affiliates here in JC. That is where I ran across CFU.
I reached out to Debbie Rosslan(the owner of CFU) and I took my 101 at the end of June 2018, and I began the journey in July of 2018. She wanted to know how I heard about CFU or if I knew anyone there. I told her no, I just googled CrossFit in JCMO, and there it was. I did not know a soul there, and was not really sure what to expect. A few people I actually knew ended up in the first class I was in, making it easier.
Everyone was so welcoming, whether they had been there 3 months or 3 years. I was worried about how out of shape I was, and would everyone else be judging me on my lack of ability at the moment? I knew my strength would be there, but my endurance was definitely lacking. I could not have been more wrong. Besides everyone being focused on the workout and trying to get through it, everyone was so encouraging, positive, helpful, and there for support during the workout.
There are people from all levels of fitness that are there. Some just getting started(like I was 9 months ago), others that have been there for years. No matter where you are at physically or athletically, you will be accepted. That is a promise. CFU has helped me get to a better mental state. It is a huge stress reliever for me! It is one of the many changes I have made over the last 9 months, but it is a very important one that I added and has helped me in more ways than I can describe.
Now, instead of finding an excuse not to work out, I am doing everything I can to make sure I get a workout in. Whether it is first thing in the morning, over lunch, or at open gym I try to get in and get better. Working my schedule and fitting my workouts in between meetings, or after them. In doing so, I am down close to 30 lbs over the last 9 months. I am not where I want to be, but better than I was. I could not have done this without the help of Coach Debbie Rosslan and CFU!
If you’re interested in getting started with CrossFit and want to start adding life to your years, contact us today! Email us at [email protected]
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