Before joining CFRL what was your biggest struggle? What were your biggest frustrations?
Before I joined CFRL I hadn’t really been working out very long. I had been kickboxing for about a year but prior to that I had done NOTHING for about 10 years. I think my frustration was that I knew I wanted to work out and get healthy but I didn’t know how and I didn’t have concrete goals. I loved kickboxing but I wasn’t seeing tangible results; it was just something that was really fun and I knew was good for me.
How did your struggle and frustrations affect your life? What did you feel like before joining CFRL?
Before joining CFRL I felt like I was working out because I knew I should be and at 40ish years old I figured it was necessary for my health but I didn’t have any real direction. I actually had wanted to try crossfit for a long time but was scared of it because it seemed way more hardcore than I was. I also felt like when I was working out before CFRL I saw an initial boost in my energy and maybe some changes but then a plateau and I didn’t really feel like I was getting better at things.
What was it about CFRL that made you join?
Honestly, I joined because my kickboxing gym closed and almost opened up above CFRL! So I figured I’ll join here until my old gym opens again. After a few weeks I knew that regardless of what happened with the old gym, I was staying at CFRL. I saw things I really wanted to do and for the first time had real goals—ring dips, hspus, pull ups, the list goes on.
What made you stay with us? What do you enjoy the most about CFRL?
I stayed with CFRL because I quickly realized that it is different from any other place. The coaches are all amazing, the workouts and movements are all scalable no matter how insane they seem, and most importantly the community of members is incredible. It is so much more than a gym; it’s where all my friends are and it’s where I’ve done things I never thought I could do.
How did our program help you? How is Life different for you now?
My life is actually very different than it was when I first joined. I think I’ve become a different person in a lot of ways. I’ve been impacted not only by the actual workouts and changes in my physical abilities but also by the people I have met and the different perspectives I have experienced. My body and mind has transformed in ways I didn’t even realize I wanted or needed it to. I’ve changed so much about my daily habits and the way I think about things and what I prioritize and again, it’s because of the physical abilities I have gained and the people I have met.
Were there any specific goals that you reached that you are particularly proud of? How did it make you feel?
I have set a lot of specific goals along the way; I set three goals at the beginning and when I reached them I bought myself my purple No Bulls! I am proud of a lot of what I’ve accomplished but I think my top three are:
• Reaching 200# on my deadlift which I know isn’t that impressive but if you knew my massive deadlift struggles, it would seem impressive.
• Re-doing 19. 3: I had a very specific goal for that workout and got in my own head and failed miserably during Friday Night Lights. I was convinced to try again that weekend and I succeeded. That feeling was probably the best I’ve had since joining CFRL
• Reducing my pull up bands: I can do rx pull ups now but a few months in to crossfit, pull ups were SO hard for me; I needed all the bands and it was still a massive struggle that left my arms in major pain and my confidence low. I remember during one strength portion I asked Charly what the next level down from a black band would be and I tried green, red and blue and was able to do it. Even though it was still 3 bands, I think it might be my happiest moment in the gym; it felt huge! That actually felt more important than when I eliminated bands all together.
What would you tell someone interested in joining CFRL?
Anyone thinking about joining should join! So many people say they are scared to try it and they should know that anyone can do any of the workouts. They should know that our particular coaches are above and beyond what they’ll find at other gyms. They should know that our coaches put safety first and make sure we all do the lifts/wods correctly and safely before adding weight. They should know that they will make new friends and have the time of their life all while transforming themselves into badass hard core athletes!
Is there anything personal you would like to add?
I’ll just add that CFRl has been the best addition to my life ( I mean since my kids were born : ) ). It has made me realize I am capable of things I never thought possible---muscle ups! Spartan Beast! Competitions! Coming to the gym is my favorite time of day and I look forward to it every single day—unless people convince me I need a rest day :)