I am a busy mother of two with a busy photography business.
What was your activity level like before CrossFit?
I have always “worked out”. Gone to the gym. I have always been committed to exercise my entire life except college. I have run a marathon, half marathons and various mileage in between as well as have worked out in gyms with weights. It was typical for me to exercise 1 hour to 2 hours 5 days a week for 3/4 of the year and hardly at all to none the last quarter of the year when my work load is high. I ran and ran and ran….. But, then I would quickly get “out of shape”. I found myself getting frustrated with my lack of consistency and improvement.
Then I found Crossfit Stapleton and it all quickly changed. I am floored that I am 41 and in the best shape of my life. I have lost over 15 lbs of bodyfat, and have worked hard to become stronger and leaner each day.
What do you like most about crossfit?
I love so many things about Crossfit. I love how strong I am and feel. I look forward to getting up early (not normal for me) and seeing what new challenges I will have. My mind stays present in the workouts because of the challenge and intensity. I don’t get bored. I love Nicolle, Emilio, Sean, and Heather and the passion they bring to the gym. So many great and positive like minded people are in the classes. I have met many new friends; we all encourage each other to do our best.
How has this changed you in other parts of your life?
The best part about Crossfit for me has been the role model I am for my children. They see that hard work does pay off and they are proud! I recently PR’d on my half marathon, I shaved 2 minutes off my previous time! How did I do it? I ran less and cut my mileage back compared to previous races I have done, and I did CrossFit 4 times a week in place of my slow “easy” recovery days. On a professinal level, I am an active photographer and my energy level has improved exponentially throughout the day, and lugging around heavy equipment has become much easier.
What goals has crossfit helped you reach?
My body fat percentage has dropped from 30% to 23% and I have lost (approx) 5 inches around my hips, 1.5 to 2 inches on each leg, minimum of 2 inches on my lower stomach maybe even 3 or 4, about an inch around my waist. In regards to performance….the list is endless…..175# Back Squat, 110# OHS, 125# Push Press, #125 for a Clean. Before CrossFit, I had never done a pull up in my life and I kept asking as I do, can I ever do that?? Now I can do pull ups! I am fully ADDICTED to Crossfit and feel fortunate to have found this amazing group!
-Laura M. –Stapleton Resident.