Having played college basketball and competitively for 20 years post, I always loved the social aspect of being on teams and in a gym. Then, after 18 years of being on the sidelines watching my kids play sports that was also my social life, I needed to find something that would be challenging, enjoyable, a little competitive and some social aspect. I had always been a “gym rat” but was not interested in just doing elliptical type exercises or lifting weights solely. They seemed very sterile and “lonely” to me no matter how crowded the gym may be. So CrossFit was initially just to see what my son was doing and join him working out. Well the rest is history as they say.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in CrossFit?
For me at my age, I just thought limited range of motion and nagging injuries were just something to live with as a result of previous activities. But just the basic routines of CrossFit have increased my flexibility, stamina, and changed my body composition. The more specific exercises have me doing things I never have done such as squats, cleans, presses, wall balls, snatches and more. And the best is the social aspect – I really enjoy the people I have met, the new friends, their encouragement and support. That has been the best part and keeps me coming back.
What do you hope to achieve moving forward in CrossFit?
After being encouraged to participate in the Open, the scaled option really let me participate and my competitive nature has kicked in . Doing the Carousel WOD’s throughout the year were hard but made the scaled Master Open routines doable. I want to improve on technique and stamina to improve my standing in next year’s Open for my age group in the region and nationally.
Also want to be doing this at least for next 3 years and hopefully longer. My goal in 3 years – how about this – “sick 60” – 60 calorie row; 60 wall balls; 60 sit ups; 60 / 60 lbs push press; 60 squats….. what else? ( no burpbees thank you!!!)