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I have done CrossFit on and off since I was 19, about 8 years now. It wasn’t until I found FireTower CrossFit that I truly began to enjoy going each and every day. Finding the right gym is so important when it comes to your fitness journey, and FireTower has been key to my success, making me want to come back and do more.
Since age 11, I have battled Body Dysmorphia and eating issues. I have had a horrible relationship with food, my body, and the gym. When I first looked into FireTower in April 2015, I was wanting to build muscle, but maintain my weight or even lose some. My daughter was almost 2 years old at the time, and I knew that if I didn’t get my brain wrapped around a healthy lifestyle, my young and impressionable daughter would soon battle the same issues that I had. I was determined to ensure this did not happen to her
Fast forward to today, I am stronger and healthier. I rarely step on the scale because I have learned the only weight that matters is on the barbell. As long as I am in competition with only myself and PR’ing my workouts, I don’t care what the scale says. It hasn’t been easy, as I battle the urge every single day. I know I weigh more than I did when I started at FireTower, BUT my percentage of body fat has decreased drastically. I have completed a ½ marathon last year, my PT scores for the Air Force have improved dramatically and I now have a healthier relationship with food.
Without FireTower CrossFit, I don’t believe I would be where I am today. I would most likely be drowning in my eating disorder. Thanks to FireTower, the coaching staff, the support, and my new friendships, I get to be the best mom I can be. I am able to show my 4 year old daughter that working out can also be fun and rewarding. She loves coming to the gym to watch, cheer me on, and even participate on occasion. I cannot wait to watch her grow and experience FireTower CrossFit on her own, in the years to come!
It all started on one snowy December day, my mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I jokingly said “I want some shape”. I had recently been skiing for the first time in a year and could not make it past half the run because I was so out of shape, I was 16 at the time and was overweight and in the worst shape of my life. I laughed it off but my mom took it to heart and told my dad who had been doing this new thing I had never heard of called Crossfit for a few months. After many attempts at persuading me to go to Crossfit with him, my dad was finally successful in forcing me to go, little did I know.. the WOD life would soon consume me.
That first day I walked into Firetower Crossfit slightly terrified of what was to come. The term Crossfit leaves a bad taste in some people’s mouth, but it would soon become a centerpiece in my life. I was ment with the warmest welcome from the owner Geoff, unaware I was about to have my ass handed to me by a few measly front squats. I finished the workout thinking “ah that was not so bad”, but as I crawled out of bed the next morning I knew I had made a big mistake as I could hardly walk. For a week it was like this, laying on the couch regretting ever picking up that bar, but as the pain wore off the desire for better kicked in.
I decided I had to go at least one more time, and one turned into two and two turned into 3 times a week. I started to see real progress both physically and mentally. Crossfit had become not only a way to make myself more healthy, but a way to help relieve everyday stresses. As the months drug on, it soon went to four days a week then five and even six and seven days a week. The gym had become the place I could go and forget about everything else in my life and focus just on myself.
At the same time, I started to make friends at the box. I was not normally a very social person when it came to new people but everyone there was extremely friendly and super supportive. One of my all time favorite people I met at the box was coach Krista, she had a rough and tough attitude and supported me with everything she had throughout my first year of training. She had become my biggest supporter and one of my biggest inspirations. Over the months as I switched around to different classes and coaches, and once in awhile I would hit Kristas class and she would always push me harder generally make me a better person. So many more friends and coaches along the way would help shape who I was and help me along my journey.
Over the past year and 7 months I have lost over 30lbs in fat and gained many more in muscle. I haved learned so many lifts, movements and exercises that my previous self would have never have dreamed of let alone attempted. Although I would love to think I have mastered every movement, there is still much improvement to be made in the future. I have also gained the confidence in life to look any challenge in the eye and say “I can do that”. Firetower has shaped me into who I am today and I can not be more grateful to all the coaches who put in the hours to help out their athletes, we could not do it without them.
In october I will be competing in my first head to head crossfit competition, the festivus games with my father in which my ultimate goal is to place in the top 3. In the next year i hope to continue my crossfit crusade as I begin my college adventures in a far away place. Firetower Crossfit may not be my box for much longer, but I know I will always be warmly welcomed back and it will always be my home. FTCF was the the box in which my new self was born, and for that I am extremely grateful.
When I was introduced to CrossFit I was looking for something that my son could do year around to stay active. I watched him go for about 8 months and during that time decided that I wanted to try. I walked into my first On Ramp class weighing in at about 195 lbs. hoping that this would help me lose weight after 15 years of doing little to nothing and a herniated disc in my back. Of course I couldn’t do this alone so I brought my Mom with me who has always been my biggest cheerleader and support. From the first class I was hooked, the coaching was exceptional and the people were friendly and encouraging. I found that physically I could only handle 2-3 days a week but I loved it so I kept working wanting to be able to be there more. After about 8 months I had lost 10lbs. I was so excited to see the weight going away(think that was the ultimate goal). I was feeling better and stronger then I ever had even my back was feeling better. After another 3 to 4 months, I had not lost any more weight and my back decided it was going to act up. I was discouraged but realized after all this time I had not only been changing my physical appearance but mentally I had grown stronger. The scale no longer decided if I was happy. With the strength to not give up, I took myself to the chiropractor to fix my back. I had to modify what I did for a time, with the support of the doctor and coaches I was able to continue to do what I had grown to love. To address the lack of weight loss a wise coach and friend told me ” you cannot out exercise your fork” with that I started to count calories and track my macros and have lost 7lbs in the last month, I am down a shirt and pants size. I am just over a year and a half into my new life I can now go as many days as I want, my daughter and I go on regular hikes together and I even had the courage to tackle Murph. I have new goals set for myself and the support has not faltered from the coaches to my Mom being right by my side. My journey has just started and I look forward to seeing what I will accomplish in the next year.