It’s hard to pinpoint any one thing about CrossFit and what it has done in my life. It’s one of the hardest things you will do, pushing yourself to the limit, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. Knowing that you beat your own best time or your last weight. It’s you against yourself, your ultimate competitor. When I was a member of CrossFit 754 in Clarkesville, I enjoyed it. I was going four to five times a week and loved the way it made me feel. However, the CrossFit 441 box is different. Not only do I love pushing myself each day with the WOD, I’ve come to make some good friends. At 754 there were some good people, don’t get me wrong. I just never connected with them like I do with this box. The members truly do encourage and care. It’s a family. As a horse rider, CrossFit has improved my riding ability. My legs are stronger, my back is stronger and best of all Mark doesn’t have to saddle my horse since I now can lift my 45lb saddle over my head. The endurance is also working when we have to haul hay – I’m more help than hindrance now after the second load. I enjoy seeing the improvements both in my body and strength. My clothes fit differently, I’ve lost weight and my energy level has skyrocketed. I do get frustrated because I want to see more improvement but I do realize it does take time. I can’t wait to compare my numbers from today to this time next year. The coaches. I can’t say enough good things about the coaches. Without their support I wouldn’t have stuck with this. The encouragement, suggestions and one-on-one training has meant so much to me. Because of the time the coaches invest in me, I want to work harder and do more to make them proud and show that their time and effort has been worth it. I know writing about the challenge was not requested but I do have to say it has been worth it. I have never challenged myself both in fitness and nutrition like we are doing. It has made me work harder to achieve and see what my results can be at the end. And the introduction of a meal plan that I wasn’t familiar with has made such a difference. I have already made the decision to stick with this food plan, making a few tweaks here and there but for the majority of the plan, I will stick with. I can’t say what CrossFit means to most people, if it’s just a fitness program or a social hour. For me it has made me grow physically, mentally and spiritually. I look forward to many more years of CrossFit, challenging myself as well as continued growth in all aspects. Who says that you can’t be fit and fabulous in your 50’s !!"
My CrossFit journey began in February 2015 when CF441 first opened its ‘garage door’ in Rabun County. Up until that time, I had mostly been working out at home on my own, but I found it increasingly difficult to stay motivated and my workouts had become sporadic at best. My body ached from doing nothing and I just felt bad (mentally and physically) most of the time. I am the type of person who craves change so I was anxious for a new challenge. I had heard (and read) all the hype about CrossFit related injuries and about CrossFit being ‘bad’ for you. I am not a teenager, or an athlete and never really played sports, but I still wanted to give it a try and see for myself. When I walked into that box for the first time I really had no idea what to expect. This turned out to be a good thing…fear of the unknown and all that. With each new class came the introduction of some new movement/exercise I had never done or even thought myself capable of doing. Me? Lift weights??...Rope climbs? "ARE YOU KIDDING ME???" I can’t even begin to explain the feeling I had when I realized I actually COULD do these things! Ok, I’ll admit, some of it was me, but I have to give it up to the coaches. They teach and preach good form. Since I had no prior experience with any of this, I didn’t have to unlearn any bad habits. I just had to do what they told me to do the way they taught me to do it. That sounds a lot easier than it actually is. But I began to get the hang of it and before I knew it, I’d been bitten by the CrossFit bug. I have been a member of CF441 for almost 4 years now and while I have had times that I have doubted myself and my successes and slacked off on my workouts, it is the coaches and the community at CF441 that keeps me coming back. I love my 5:30am tribe and am so grateful for the encouragement and comradery that is CF441. The cheers and encouraging words from the coaches and others when the going gets tough (and sometimes it does!) somehow get me through to the finish. I may not be the best or even the fastest CrossFitter, but I am stronger and feel better than I have ever felt. Thank you CF441!