Before I found crossfit, my life was in the same place that a lot of people inadvertently find their lives in. Growing up, I had been very active and competitive but then when that stopped, life changed. I kept eating the way I always had, life got in the way of working out and exercise took a back burner. Before I knew it I was heavier than I had ever been, I got winded running up a few flights of stairs, I was diagnosed with asthma and had awful skin issues (which I was taking 3 different medications for).
On June 7, 2012 I called 306 and spoke with Jason. I’m sure I was starting to ramble because after about a dozen questions he finally just said “why don’t you just come down and try it?” I was there later that day for my first wod. It was 7rds of heavy back squats and 400m runs... I was scaled to air squats and only 5 rounds. At the end I thought I was going to die and my inhaler barely left my hand for the rest of the day. I stuck with it though and came back the next day, and the next. As the weeks went by somehow the stiff muscles were easier to ignore because I actually enjoyed walking into the gym. Jason and Rebecca preach it all the time, but the community at 306 really was what kept me coming back and refusing to quit. There is something unifying about knowing that everyone in that gym is hurting the same way you are. Before I knew it I was addicted... I was mad if I missed a good wod and I was booking holidays at work to coincide with crossfit events.
At the end of August 2012 I revamped how I looked at food, I changed everything about how I ate and focused on a clean paleo/zone based diet. I competed in my first Olympic lifting competition in September of 2012 and took home a silver medal. By December I had lost over 25lbs and gained an unmeasurable amount of muscle and confidence. I was hitting PRs every week and for the first time in a long time I was really happy with my health. My inhaler was obsolete and my skin completely cleared up, I hadn’t touched any of my medication in months. I have joked that Jason has the ability to cure asthma... a little pump to his ego yes, but true nonetheless!
It’s been almost a year and a half now and I couldn’t imagine where my life would be if I hadn’t made that phone call my first day. My drive to compete is back in full force and crossfit truly is a staple in my day to day life. The group of incredibly inspiring and supportive people I have met through 306 is worth more than it’s weight in gold. Jason, Rebecca and the all the friends that I have made makes it easy to come to the gym on even my worst of days! Thank you 306!
*INDIVIDUAL RESULTS WILL VARY.