- How old are you? I am 28 years old.
- When did you begin CrossFit? I began CrossFit in November 2013.
- What inspired you to start? I had been into fitness and working out for a long time and had been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Originally I had a bad attitude about CrossFit, since I had previously rehabbed a few clients with injuries from CrossFit. My sister and her husband were CrossFitters so while visiting them, I reluctantly tagged along for a WOD. I was tired of programming for myself and loved the extra push from the coaches. I was also drawn to the community and feeling of togetherness. I also loved lifting heavier than I ever had before and the feeling of accomplishment that follows a WOD. Still skeptical, I followed the CrossFit website for 3 months, doing WODs independently. I still laugh at how slowly I did Fran, since I didn’t know the purpose of the workout. But doing WODs just was not the same on my own. I knew had to join – and I’ve been hooked ever since.
- Why do you continue to CrossFit? Initially, the reason I liked CrossFit was because of the community and high intensity, but I also liked that the focus was on performance versus aesthetics. I have struggled with an eating disorder and exercise addiction for several years and needed a reason to train other than to be skinny. I had spent tireless hours and too much effort restricting meals, punishing myself with cardio, and putting fitness above all other things. There were times during the lowest points of my eating disorder that I would seclude myself away from all people so no one would ask questions about my strange food habits and I wouldn’t ever miss a workout. Although I have been on the road to recovery for some time, I continued to relapse until I started CrossFit. CrossFit has given me a new and refreshed mindset toward my body. I no longer obsess about being thin.
I’m far more concerned with getting better at various CrossFit skills such as handstand push-ups, bar muscle ups, and lifting heavy. I used to skip meals and workout to burn calories. I have now learned to eat to train and calories are no longer my greatest enemy. CrossFit keeps me healthy, both physically and mentally, as I have now fully recovered from the eating disorder. My recovery has allowed me to grow in my faith, but no idea CrossFit would play a pivotal role in fully recovering and getting my life back! CrossFit also translates into my career as a personal trainer, making me much more well-rounded within the fitness industry. I have learned a ton of mobility by following Kelly Starrett, and I’ve networked a ton and met really amazing people!
- What is your greatest accomplishment in CrossFit? Aside from recovering from the eating disorder, my greatest accomplishment is getting strict pull-ups (I can do 4 now!) and a 1 RM power clean at 193#.
- What life lessons have you learned from CrossFit? To “chip” away at daunting tasks or situations. Everyday isn’t a PR kind of day. Rest is essential to progress and enjoying life. Food is not my enemy.
- What do you struggle with most in CrossFit? Leaving the gym. If I could, I’d stay longer. Like all day, everyday. I love the competition combined with an amazing community.
- What are your current CrossFit goals? I’m currently working on strict handstand push-ups and ring dips. Gymnastics are not my forte…YET!
Thanks for sharing your story Kelsey!
Each of us has a story, and although we may not realize it, our story will inspire someone else! We’d love to share YOUR CrossFit story. Feel free to answer the questions above, or use them as inspiration to write your story and submit it to email@example.com along with a photo.
Join our Community & Get The Cavemamas Favorite Things we think you should know about!
Subscribe to get our latest content by email.