- When did you begin CrossFit? I started in August 2011.
- What inspired you to start? I was coming off knee surgery from soccer and was recently cleared to play again. There was no way I was ready to play yet, so I was at somewhat of a loss for what to do in order to mentally feel like playing. My old boss had a college roommate who had been in his ear about this thing called CrossFit. One day, I was in his office and he was telling me about it and how we should try it. We signed up for a free week and walked in that day to Fight Gone Bad. I laugh now because it’s still one of the worst workouts to me. But we went back every day that week and enjoyed every bit of the suffering. Four years later, I still enjoy it ….
- Why do you continue to CrossFit? One of the main reasons I continue are the people I do it with. I have been a member of a few gyms, for various reasons, and I have to say, there is not a gym like West Plano CrossFit in the Dallas area. I can say that with 100% confidence that the community that West Plano fosters is one of a kind. Another reason I continue is pure variance. I love that things are constantly changing and I find that it helps me to not get bored.
- What is your greatest accomplishment in CrossFit? This is really a hard question for me to answer. There have been so many. I honestly believe my greatest accomplishment has been my ability to pay it forward to the new person in the box as their coach. People come in from all walks of life but it brings me more joy than anything to see someone come in without a natural athletic background and do something they never thought they could. The energy it brings to the whole room is something I feel like we chase every day. There is no energy like the one a new person provides. I truly believe the newest members are the most important people in our gym or any gym. My ability to remember flying out of the green band trying to do a pull up is essential to my success in accomplishing anything in there. Humility at it’s finest. We are nothing without it.As far as a personal accomplishment, I’d have to say my first and only bar muscle up and it’s really more about context than the movement itself. I was in a huge competition and was super nervous that I was way out of my league. I signed up months before finding out what the movements were so there would have been no way of knowing I would face this challenge prior to the competition. To make matters worse, the competition took place outside in December, and it was a cold, rainy and miserable day. The workout called for a ladder where you did a few things and then a bar muscle up, then more of those things and another bar muscle up. The ladder kept climbing, with a 10 minute time cap (the longest 10 minutes of my life) and I purposefully positioned my back to the crowd because I knew the struggle that was ahead of me. I must have spent at least 5 minutes on the bar muscle up. I would try and slam my chest into the bar each time, one failure after another. My boyfriend was the only one I could see and I drew strength to hold back my tears by looking at him. I was so frustrated. I almost quit twice, but each time I would think “NO f-ing way!” and try again. Finally, I got one ugly bar muscle up. At the end of the workout, I collapsed into my boyfriend’s arms and just cried. I am proud that I didn’t give up and finally got the bar muscle up….but mostly just proud that I didn’t quit and was able to show my daughter a small glimpse of what persistence looks like and how it can payoff.
- What do you struggle with most in CrossFit? Another hard question. I guess “everything” is not really an answer. I think the hardest struggle for me is fitting it all in. It’s no mystery that in order to get better at something you must practice. Just coming to the classes are not enough. You have to do skill work on the side and there are so many skills to master. As a whole, I would say that anything on the rig is difficult for me. What I struggle with most outside of the gym, is the fact that I like food that isn’t particularly healthy and it’s an age old battle of how to get leaner, and faster, while maintaining strength.
- What are your current CrossFit goals? This brings me to why I’m in a good place to actually write and share my story. The answer is none. There are countless goals I could have about specific movements, weights and time. But for me, where I am right now, my goal is to simply enjoy the process and have fun. I have gone through both peaks and valleys in this sport and I feel like I’m in the best place I have ever been with it. Again, I will attribute a large majority of this to the people I am around while doing it. There is not a day I go in there, whether it is 530am or 630pm – that I do not enjoy each and every person I get to both train and talk with!
- How has CrossFit made you a better person? I have faced so many struggles to be the mom I am to my daughter. It has always been my goal to make her proud of me. She is my purpose for everything and through CrossFit, I am so proud that I can be a role model as a strong woman for her.
At the end of her story, Emily wrote “Thank you for allowing me to share my story. Whether you use it or not, it served it’s purpose for me today.” My reply to her was “What I’ve learned from doing this, is that the STORY inspires and motivates other people – but actually writing it, that does something magical for the athlete. There is such an emotional impact from taking the time to recognize and acknowledge the difference CrossFit has made in our lives!
With that being said – we personally invite YOU to share your CrossFit story with us! Feel free to answer the questions above, or use them as inspiration to write your story and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a photo.
Thanks for sharing your story Emily!
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