Before CrossFit, my athletic background consisted of middle and high school basketball that lasted year-round. With constantly having practice and games I knew I could eat/drink whatever I wanted and pretty much get away without having to deal with the negatives that come along with eating like garbage. Once basketball ended I gained a lot of weight really quickly. At my heaviest point I was 180lbs… And for only being 5’4”, I was really overweight for my height. Fast forward to sophomore year in college and I was completely unhappy with where I was physically. I was tired all the time and wasn’t happy with my outward appearance. I started watching YouTube videos about CrossFit and it’s athletes and fell in love with the sport.
In May 2014 I joined CrossFit Bluegrass. I remember telling myself I would only pay for one month just so I could learn the basic movements and then do it on my own from there… That was over a year ago. One of the things that blows my mind about this sport is the community. Everything I read and every video I watched people talked about the CrossFit community and how powerful it is. I thought there was no way in the world I would get so connected with a group of people like I have with the athletes at CFBG.
Since joining CFB I have lost over 30lbs and PR’d my front squat at 168lbs and my back squat at 180lbs. CrossFit has also taught me new skills that I would never have imagined that I would be able to do. I can now string together multiple pull-ups, double-unders and toes-to-bar.
Not only has CrossFit given me my athletic confidence back but it’s helped me achieve another life goal of mine: getting accepted into the police academy. If I hadn’t been doing CrossFit and lifting weights the way we do at CFBG, there’s no way in the world I would have been physically ready for the academy. I owe the athletes and coaches at CFBG a huge “thank you” for constantly pushing me to do better.
I will forever be grateful for the sport and community of CrossFit but more importantly the CrossFit Bluegrass community, which has helped me become an athlete again and hasn’t let me settle for average.