GHF CrossFit AthleteTestimonials
A few years ago I saw a picture of Camille LeBlanc on a magazine cover. After reading the article in the magazine about her I promptly told my older daughter Kimberlee about this sport called "CrossFit" because I thought she might be good at it. She loved it so much that she inspired my younger daughter Katrina and me to try it and I definitely got hooked! i was doing 8 classes a month and now I average about 8 classes a week!
Two of the accomplishments that I'm most proud of are pull-ups and double unders. I've had to work really hard to learn both of these skills.
Joining CrossFit has been life altering. It makes me feel younger because it's given me the confidence to believe that my body is capable of doing anything! As a masters athlete I've made gains in strength, conditioning, gymnastics and flexibility/ mobility, plus I have a strong desire to continue improving.
I love the attitude of my fellow classmates on the Turf and the coaches are super knowledgeable, fun, and all-round great people. When you step on the Turf you're not just a gym member- you're an athlete!
My Son Has A Strong Mom
I lost my 6 year old daughter at the end of 2015 and I needed to throw myself into something. I had always been an exerciser and played sports but had let it slip as a priority for me. I started back at the gym, running and lifting weights, and my good friends suggested I try CrossFit. I took one of the intro classes and immediately fell in love. It was a great outlet for the anger, emotions and energy I needed to expend and it gave me a new network of friends and support.
I have dropped over 50 pounds, put on muscle, and am down 5 sizes. At 42, after having two kids, I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. I am also proud to show my son, Tyler (age 7), he has a strong mom with energy to keep up with him.
I Was Dreading My Own Workouts
I was dreading a workout on my own when I saw that CrossFit was having a Free Trial Day. The music was pumping and the coaches were welcoming so I tried it. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to hang with these amazingly athletic people, but there are always scaling options so you can work out at your own level.
The structured workouts were a perfect fit for me because I never had a good plan or pushed myself when working out alone.
The camaraderie has been amazing. I am surrounded by people who believe in themselves and push themselves daily to new limits and that has been so motivational to me.
Welcomed, Encouraged, And Confident
I am a nurse on a Neurology Unit at the Veterans Hospital. CrossFit has made me better able to care for my patients physically. I am stronger and feel more capable of protecting my back while moving or assisting my patients. CrossFit also burns off the stress that can build up with such a hectic job.
About 5 years ago, I started feeling not quite right. I was slowly declining but wasn’t sure why. I would find that my back hurt, I was tired, and just generally not feeling well. As a nurse in my 40’s, I thought that maybe it was being overweight, my job, etc… Things got to the point that I was missing work some days and that’s not me, I’m usually the overtime person.
After 18 months of doctor visits and testing, I was diagnosed with AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis). It’s an autoimmune condition where the body attacks itself, specifically the spine and hips. After I got started on medication and feeling better, I promised myself that I would take care of my body. CrossFit has helped me do that. My Rheumatologist is pleased (and somewhat shocked) that I can do CrossFit with such enthusiasm. I am actually stiff and uncomfortable when I don’t go to class.
Besides making my job easier, I think CrossFit saved me from a nasty fall and possibly some broken bones. While helping paint my neighbor’s stairwell to her loft this summer, the ladder I was steadying came towards me. I was able to brace myself and the ladder. I believe if I hadn’t gained strength from CrossFit I would have been at the bottom of the stairs with broken bones.
My biggest accomplishment on the turf? Finding my strength, both physically and mentally.