When did you first start CrossFitting? The day I started CrossFitting coincides with the first day I stepped foot into the Crossfit818 box.
When did you first start training at CF 818? June 17,2011 at 0830 - almost 5 months ago.
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: My first real taste of competition came when I was seven years old... I joined YMCA basketball. I can remember thinking in my head - my goal is to take that ball away from whoever has it at-- at any cost-- and get the ball into the basket. The concept seemed simple, and I did just that. I stole that basketball from every girl on the court, even the girls on my own team - I didn't care - I just knew I had a goal and no one was going to stop me. The referees started "red flagging" me ... and long story short, I got kicked off my YMCA team for excessive aggression lol! That was my last taste of team sports. My brother and I grew up riding dirtbikes so that was our extra-curricular activity-- not the usual softball/football/track. When I was twenty, I got a gym membership and was instantly hooked. I was infatuated with the idea that I could take the body that I had and mold it into something completely different, perfect if I tried hard enough. I dedicated myself to the gym six days a week - working out two hours at a time. I'd warm up on the treadmill or elliptical for thirty minutes, then weight train (I'd switch off every day between chest/arms back/shoulders legs with abs mixed in) and end with another thirty minutes of cardio. I was in really good shape, but I never felt like I was an athlete - just always felt like my potential hadn't been reached, that there was more I was capable of. I kept this pace up for about a year before I grew complacent. I lost the drive and working out just became less and less of a priority. I never got to a point where people considered me overweight, but I was definitely on the verge.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD...what was it, and how did it feel? I hadn't even heard of Crossfit. My good friend, Jose, joined Crossfit Simi last year and I watched his life absolutely transform within a matter of months. He lost forty pounds and gained an incredible self confidence that I had never seen in him before. He kept telling me that I'd love it ... he asked me to come with him on several occasions but I always said no. I was intimidated. I couldn't understand how they could have a mixed class of beginners and seasoned athletes. How would that ever work? I didnt want to show up and be awful. I knew how out of shape I was, and I guess I just was just scared of having that revealed. It took me about a full year to finally get up enough courage to go.
June 17th, 2011 was my baseline. 500m row / 40 squats / 30 sit ups / 20 push ups / 10 pull ups. I had done all of these before.. should be no sweat for me. 7minutes and 30seconds later, I was in the back alley puking my brains out. Coach Z was bringing me paper towels and water -- it was one of the lowest points I've ever been at in my life... sitting in that alley for a good 15 minutes unable to gain my composure. I never wanted to experience being that out of shape again -- I owed myself more.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? My start day at Crossfit818 coincided with the start date of a "body fat % loss" contest that my work was doing over a two month period. I figured I'd see how legit Crossfit really was after these 60 days. I was committed to working out three times a week - but that was the extent of my physical exercise - and at this point, my food habits were still all over the place. Needless to say, after the two months, I had won the fat loss competition at work by losing 6% body fat (and just for the record, I was the smallest female in the competition) - people were blown away that I was able to lose so much. I started to realize the possibilities that lay ahead for me if I was able to accomplish this in only 60 days.
What sort of change in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? As cliche as it sounds, Crossfit changed my life. At the end of the day, the hardest part of Crossfit is making the decision to walk in the door. Spend the hour doing your baseline, and talking with one of the coaches and you'll just get it. You'll be able to feel that there is something different about this whole crazy Crossfit concept. I can remember staying up late waiting for tomorrow's WOD to be posted on the website .. and thinking oh my gosh, how will I ever get through that? That's way too hard ... I guess I just wont finish ... and then I'd show up, nervous, but ya know what? I finished that workout! And I got a PR and beat most of the other people. It is the most empowering feeling ... walking into something expecting to fail, and then just dominating the shit out of it. I finally feel like I'm an athlete. I feel confident, genuinely. I feel Crossfit has prepared me for anything that life could throw my way because I now know that I can do anything I truly set my mind to.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF 818 moments: Thursday August 11, 2011 at 1pm I had the opportunity to row a 500M for time. I was the only student that day, so I was fortunate enough to have 100% of the attention -- Chris on one side of me yelling and Z on the other side. It took me three attempts to actually get the 500M done because I kept lifting myself up off the seat and falling off. On my last attempt, I was almost finished (and DYING because 500M row for time is the devil) with 50M left I fell off my seat ... all I was thinking was oh noooo, I have to do this again... but with Chris and Z there cheering me on -- I was able to finish, without the seat, with a PR of 1:56.
Any advice for people just getting started? JUST SHOW UP... and be prepared because, I ain't gonna lie, it's gonna suck in the beginning, a lot. But dont be discouraged because each day gets better. You cant walk into this and expect to be the best -- like you'll read on the white board, check your ego at the door. The workouts NEVER get easier, that's part of the magic of Crossfit. What does improve over time will be your strength, confidence, skills and knowledge. If you allow it to, Crossfit becomes more than just a gym. It becomes a way of life, a community, a family. It probably took me a good month or two before I really started to understand how special this is to be apart of. Not only will your body composition change dramatically - you'll realize a change in your mental and emotional state as well. I just re-read this section, sounds like I'm rambling on, I apologize. Just know that your life will change the moment you walk into the 818 box as long as you are open to it. Show up to classes, talk to the other students, utilize all the tools that are your disposal - mainly, the amazing coaches. As time goes on, you'll look forward to going to Crossfit, and miss it terribly when you're not there-- seriously.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? My #1 (after crossfit) is snowboarding -- come winter season I'm up in big bear every week. I'm the outdoors type -- I love camping / fishing / hiking / dirtbiking. I'm a huge sports fan - Lakers / Dallas Cowboys / NASCAR .. I'm pretty simple. Talents? Not so much lol.
Posted by Zareh.