I started CrossFit in February of 2014. However, I discovered what CrossFit was sometime after the CrossFit Games in 2013. Multiple times, I saw the replay of the Games showing on ESPN. They showed a bunch of that years events in a few separate airings. There was one event that stood out to me, the Clean and Jerk ladder. I loved watching reruns of Strongman competitions(also on ESPN) and seeing how much those big guys could lift. However, watching the CrossFit athletes, mostly Rich Froning, opened my eyes to a whole new world. These guys could lift super heavy AND had the aerobic capacity to row a half-marathon. After that, one day I was down the deep rabbit hole of YouTube(we’ve all been there, am I right) and a recommended video popped up. You can probably guess what it was. Yes, the Clean and Jerk ladder event. I rewatched the whole hour long event and was(again) blown away by what the athletes could do. I ended up looking for local gyms around me after that. I messaged about checking out a gym that was 5 minutes from my house. My first workout was the benchmark “Jackie.” It absolutely crushed me, but I’ve been hooked ever since. Fun fact: I did my first Open two weeks after starting CrossFit.
How has CrossFit affected you since you started?
During high school, I participated in three individual sports(cross county running, nordic skiing, and track). CrossFit has brought me back to the competitive nature I loved during high school. Yes, you are competing against everyone else in races, but mostly you are competing against yourself. I loved being able to see the progress made over the years and making goals for the next season. I did play on a club sports team(Ultimate Frisbee) during college. Although it was a great experience and I met some of my closest friends, it was never the same as competing individually. CrossFit has also made me the strongest and fittest I’ve ever been. I used to be a very scrawny 130lb athlete in high school. I was very active but I never really lifted weights. CrossFit has helped me fill out my frame and now I weigh in around 170lb. I’d like to believe most of that has been muscle. Although I did not start my CrossFit journey here at EverProven, this community has become like a second family to me. I am very grateful for meeting every single one of you! (If we haven’t met yet, come say hi)
What class do you normally attend?
4:00pm, occasionally 5:15pm
What are your short and long term goals?
Short term- To finally not be injured anymore. (slowly getting there) Long term- Maybe become more competitive again. But maybe not because I’m having WAY more fun now than ever before. My long term health has become more of a priority now that I’ll be hitting the dirty 30 this year haha. Non-Crossfit goals: Run a marathon
What’s your favorite WOD/movement?
BURPEES, handstand push-ups, handstand walks, muscle-ups, toe-to-bar, pistols, double unders. Basically any workout with gymnastics movements in it!