I had this friend, who would not stop talking about this gym. Let me be clear — he would not stop talking about this gym. I thought that he must be getting paid for bringing folks in or something. He’d talk about the challenging workouts — and the people! He talked about how great you all were. I tried it hoping that he would cease and desist from talking about his fascination with this gym. For the record, it didn’t work . . . and now I’m the one telling friends and strangers about this “box.”
This is not a love at first WOD story. Lance made me stop half way through the intro class. I had recently “run” a half marathon and could rock out 90 minutes of hot yoga– but 10 minutes of that WOD WORE ME OUT! And then Lance sealed the deal — he told me that I wouldn’t come back! He reasoned “lawyers are wimps!”
After a few days of recovering, I decided that I had to prove Lance wrong. There were only a few problems: 1) I couldn’t do a push up, 2) a pull-up was a challenge on the big purple band, 3) my coordination was lacking – and 4) I had no upper body strength. But I couldn’t let Lance get away with that!
With a LOT of patience from the trainers and encouragement from other athletes – I’ve been able to do what I’d thought was impossible – prove LANCE wrong! EXHIBIT A: 150 pushups in one WOD, EXHIBIT B: 6 dead hang pull-ups, and EXHIBIT C: I picked up more than my body weight (ok it was on a dead lift – but I’ll take it!) Physically I’ve improved leaps and bounds, and I can’t wait to get stronger and see how much more crow I can make Lance eat.
Crossfitting since: March 2010
How often: 4 times per week
Favorite workout: 300
Least favorite: Any workout with HSPU and SNATCHES! (Sorry Mie, I hope we can still be friends)
Personal crossfit goal: More than 100 lbs over my head
Who at the gym you admire the most: Dee and Mie. Both personify the slogan “Strong is Beautiful” and that means inside and out! Dee gives her 100 % every workout and Mie shows how determination and perseverance can move lots of weight!
Favorite workout jam: Anything I can dance to!
Slogan for my t-shirt: Lawyers are NOT wimps! Exhibit A! (There would of course be lots of fine print, and heretofores!)
This gym has not only made me a stronger athlete, this gym has made me a stronger person. It wasn’t that long ago that I gingerly entered the door to Ultimate CrossFit as a shy woman lacking in self confidence. I saw you all throwing around some big weight – and thought “NO WAY!” But I met great trainers who believed in me and great athletes who wanted me to succeed just as much as they wanted to succeed themselves and who cheer me on when I’m the last person to finish a wod! I’m happy to say, that when I see big weight now or a difficult “WOD” in daily life, I take a breath and give a shot! I’m all in, thanks to you.
Lance’s Official Retraction – Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, I formally retract any and all prior statements allegedly made in the past regarding lawyers and their status as wimps. Heretofore, lawyers such as Tim have exemplified wimp-like qualities, but Ellie has proven me demonstrably wrong on multiple fronts, thereby requiring me to revise my definition of wimps to exclude Ellie, although still including Tim. I was being slightly facetious when I said that lawyers were wimps, but I’m glad you were able to use it as motivation to progress to the point you’re at today.
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