Today is the inaugural post from our new blog feature: Women of 818. This Friday fixture will tell the some of the stories and share some of the perspectives from the ladies at the gym over the course of three or four weekly posts. Our first series is written by 818 competitor, CDP candidate and all around firebreather, Kelly! Here is her debut post that tells a bit about her introduction into the world of health, fitness and CrossFit:
A time long ago, well actually 10 years ago I would describe myself as the classic work hard, play harder type of gal, and I’m sure for most of you this story sounds like a page from your past. I would spend all day at work, and then all night out and about. Eventually this lifestyle led to a less than desirable weight and overall poor general health. It wasn’t until my best friend found fitness that I was dragged into it with her. I remember going to the L.A Fitness near my home ready to get fit!! Oh boy was I surprised when I attempted my first workout, and found that .25 miles into my extremely slow run on the treadmill that I was gassed. This however was the day that opened my eyes to fitness and catapulted me into a lifestyle that I swear by!!
Prior to March 2013 I would spend countless hours running, spinning, and teaching group exercise and was certain I was in good shape. This was all shattered to pieces that one fine Monday morning in April as Mike and I got crushed by our first CrossFit workout. The experience was such that walking the next day felt like a workout in itself. This experience humbled me and put a new perspective on my fitness journey.
Fast forward one year, I have gained strength, speed, and stamina that I never could have imagined. The ability to see your gains, and to do things you couldn’t do months prior is what keeps me focused on that next milestone and next PR.
Kelly after a PR pull!
A. Every 3 minutes for 4 rounds:
*Warm up through the first round, use the same weight across the last 3
B. AMRAP 16 minutes:
12 front squats (100% of A)
Rest 45 seconds
Posted by Commish.