Little did I know when I started at CFEC, how drastically it would affect me and fit perfectly with what I needed. My Crossfit journey began in the Summer of 2013 at the end of a very long three-set tennis singles match that nearly wiped me out. I have always been a very competitive and driven person - I lost count of the number of innocent tennis racquets whose lives came to a premature end after a particularly frustrating point. However, these skills have always served me well in my personal, academic and professional life. I thought I was in reasonably decent shape, but after the match, I needed something that would give me more energy for longer matches in the brutal, merciless Atlanta heat. A couple of CFEC members who were on Jon’s tennis team told me about Crossfit and then one of my own teammates told me about it as well. A few months later, Jon and I decided to find out more about this mysterious program which we were hearing about everywhere. In September 2013, we ventured into CFEC, meeting Jason for the first time, and were in awe of what we observed. OK, we were really in awe of how freaking hot it was in there. We were given PVC pipes (and yes, at first, we did pretend they were light sabers) and proceeded to go through the ͞warm up.͟When we were done with all 3 rounds, we looked at each other and said if that is just the warm up, we are in big trouble.
We quickly realized that this Crossfit thing is pretty damn cool. And the coaches are pretty damn cool (especially Whit for playing Pat Benatar music at the 7:30 class!)And the members are pretty damn cool. And the muscles that develop are pretty damn cool. But CFEC still was pretty damn hot (really, no A/C in HotAtlanta?) When I first joined, I played tennis in the evenings, which is also the time I would go to CFEC. I had to choose between tennis and Crossfit....and that was a no-brainer. I not only drank the CFEC Kool-Aid, I bathed in it every night possible. Early on, I even started to record my times on every WOD and my weights on every lift. The Crossfit drug is truly addictive. When I miss classes, for whatever reason, I get really bummed out and strive to make up what I missed at the Saturday classes or elsewhere.
Several years ago, Chris Disser announced CFEC was doing a paleo challenge. I thought there was no way I could participate since Jon made me eat ice cream every night so I would not fall asleep on the sofa while we were watching TV. (Jon here – blatant misrepresentation of the true facts.) But Chris said give it a try, and I did. I lost weight and put on a lot of muscle. I felt better about myself and really started to like what I saw in the mirror.
After the paleo challenge, my Fran time went from 12:15 rx to 10:28 rx and later to 9:05 rx. I remember laughing to myself after Jason once said that my 1RM goal on bench should be my body weight. I said I could easily do that.....at my 1-year old body weight. But after a lot of work, I did it with a 1RM of 132.5. An early 185 deadlift 1RM later became a 235 1RM, and an 80 1RM shoulder press later became 92.5. 3 rep max dead hang pull ups later became 10 and 12 rep max dips later became 18.
Although a wrist injury in early 2017 set me back a bit, I focused on lower body until I was able to heal, but I never stopped coming to Crossfit. Jason and Sarah gave me different workouts until my wrist healed. (The one-armed burpees were my idea, and I don’t recommend that craziness.) Even with an injury, there is always something that you can do. I am still not back to my peak strength, but I am determined to get there and set new PRs, and with Jason and Sarah’s new programming, I know
it will happen. The holiday season has certainly taken its toll, but I’m excited about the 2018 nutritional challenge and getting back on track. There is absolutely no doubt, that more than anything, CFEC has changed my life for the better. CFEC has created a community that truly extends outside of its four walls. We all support each other as we try to get that first dead hang pull up or muscle up, but we also support each other when life throws a curve ball, and for me, that’s what makes it so special.Thanks to CFEC, and thanks to my honey for putting up with me, especially when I get angry with him when he even hints that I should skip a night of Crossfit.