Happy Friday! Here is Yvette's first contribution to our blog, it touches on her first experiences at the 818 and how she was able to find her place in our wild world of working out!
One day at work I happened to stumble upon CrossFit while researching new ways to push my fitness to the next level. Intrigued by the reviews and the concept behind CrossFit, I decided to look for a location near Glendale and luckily CrossFit 818 came up. I called and made an appointment for what would be the dreaded baseline workout with Zareh. Little did I know what was in store for me. Excited to experience CrossFit for the first time, I anxiously awaited the following day for my first workout.
When I walked into CrossFit 818 I was kindly greeted by Zareh, the owner and coach. He began to explain the theory and concept of CrossFit. However, I could barely pay attention due to the noise of barbells being dropped while men and women in the class that was going on at the time grunted through their workout. Shortly after, Zareh demonstrated warm up stretches, and ten minutes later I started the baseline. The workout was hard and it kicked my butt, but I remember loving every moment of it. I decided to sign up for six months and began regularly attending the afternoon classes.
Initially when I started CrossFit, I remember feeling very intimidated and scared. I was shy and did not talk to any of the other members which may come as a shock for those who know me. After a short while I began taking classes both in the mornings and afternoons, and with time I began to make friends. CrossFit became an important part of life for me. I enjoyed the WODs and the whole concept of support through community was something that I had not experienced elsewhere. It is this aspect that has really helped me stay dedicated to my pursuit of better fitness through life's ups and downs!
Yvette rocking the snatch ladder during a recent NLI competition!
A. 1RM split jerk
B. For time:
power cleans (155/105)
*200m farmer's carry (53x2/35x2) after each round
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