Endurance, stamina, strength, coordination, power… These are just five of the ten physical skills associated with Crossfit athletes. Growing up, I never associated ANY of these skills with myself. I was extremely aware of my limitations as an athlete. Therefore, I avoided any activities that involved spotlighting my deficits and stuck with activities I deemed ‘safe.’ The idea of performing in front of people, being evaluated, and scored gave me panic attacks. Being selected last for the school athletic teams was my norm and I was okay with that…or so I thought.
When I took the plunge into the world of CrossFit, I went with a friend who happened to be a powerlifter. She was looking for a training program and wanted a victim (I mean companion) to go with her. The workout was a bodyweight workout, and I figured it couldn’t be that bad because it was only supposed to last nine minutes. Nine minutes later, I laid on the floor staring up at the ceiling. I felt like I needed to vomit, but I was too tired to move. Once I finally sat up, I saw others laying on the floor in similar positions of distress. I saw my name on the board, and the number of rounds I executed. It was as if we’d joined a strange society that embraced pushing ourselves to our physical limits.
As I scanned the board, I noticed I wasn’t dead last (one person did worst than I did)! Eureka!! I was hooked immediately!
I immediately began documenting my successes as well as my setbacks as an athlete. It was extremely rewarding to see my progress over time. CrossFit has given me the confidence that I’ve been able to apply in multiple disciplines including my work as an assistant principal. That progress has also propelled me into wanting to try other athletic areas including biking, rock climbing, and recently swimming.
Five years later from that initial WOD, I am honored to be one of CrossFit Tao’s ambassadors welcoming people into the world of CrossFit as a coach. I take pride in helping people achieve the same rewards that CrossFit has given me and task myself daily to better prepare others for the many challenges life has to offer.
“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” – Ken Venturi