A friend of mine back in 2011 introduced me to “CrossFit” and explained it as a class where you do all different kinds of movements really, really fast. I agreed to join in on a class mostly to just spend time with my friend and found out right away that his description was pretty spot on, but after the first class I was pretty much hooked. I continued to enjoy CrossFit because it was constantly a new challenge for me but I mostly never took it too seriously because it was a social time for me. I met most of my closest friends (and future husband <3) from that gym. Over the years, CrossFit has become more and more of a lifestyle and something I am pretty competitive in now (although I still love the social aspect of it too! #community).
I’m probably one of the few who can say that CrossFit came to me and I am grateful. We had a health fair at work and of course me being me, I’m going to gravitate to the exercise tables, because who really wants another sample of a protein shake or granola? My body clearly needed something else.
I had been wanting to get back into a workout routine but the location of my work place and my home are not in the same county. As with most people, I have done boot camps, instructional DVD’s, running, walking…you name it, just trying to fit something into my day but due to my poor time management, all it did was add unwanted stress.
Thanks to Jaguar, I have been able to turn my lunch hour into my workout hour and what a difference it has made. Life is good!
I was very apprehensive at first. I wondered, what am I getting myself into? You walk in, you realize you’re not in a typical gym. There are no treadmills, fancy weight machines or TV’s. It was just the basics, a couple different cardio machines, weights in many different shapes and sizes, a funny looking contraption w/rings on strings hanging from it, a whole bunch of boxes to sit on and ropes hanging from the ceiling that I can only assume are there to assist you off the box that you are sitting on.
I have learned that you don’t need any of that fancy equipment. When I walk in now I see an opportunity. An opportunity… to add on more weight during the workout if I want to, to jump over that stupid jump rope without stepping on it or getting whipped in the shins, to pull that pull up bar under my chin without the use of bands, to push that plate down the turf as fast as I can even when it’s trying to bring me to my knees midway through. But most of all, I see an opportunity to improve my health while strengthening my body.
I guess my first achievement was kicking into a handstand. Although everyday seems to have some sort of an achievement whether it’s big or small. It’s those achievements that make me want to come back class after class and see what else this old body can do. It’s exciting!
Thanks to the Cross Fit Open, I am working on everything. Even though I have so much to work on, I am happy with my progress and can’t wait (really I can) for the Open next year.
My favorite memory is the day I became a true CrossFitter which is when I signed up for the CrossFit Open! I would always joke with my workout buddies about how we are not true CrossFitters because of our limitations during a workout. We started treating it like a game of hangman. If we did the workout as intended or if we improved, then we get to add a letter C R O S S F I _ _ _ _. Needless to say, it’s been fun trying to fill in the blanks.
I want to give a big THANK YOU to Paula, coaches Kim, Melissa and Kelly and my work out buddies for getting me started and keeping me going. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Jaguar family.
Heart disease has run in my family for many generations so I knew I had to start working out ASAP when I started having minor chest pains back in 2013. I was somewhat overweight; my diet was and my cholesterol count was high for my age. In 2013, my brother and boss started CrossFit and kept asking me to come by and try it out. I started running instead which helped a lot for a couple years then decided it was time to go to the next level in January 2016.
My first impression was thinking, I can’t wait to lose weight and quit because it was extremely hard. Then my stress level began to decrease and now there is no question about going to CrossFit. It is a part of my everyday routine.
My first real personal achievement was when I could do Toes to bar. I knew that CrossFit was really working at that time. I am working on weight lifting techniques.
My favorite memory was our internal Christmas competition in 2016. My partner Lacy and I won 3 rd place in the novice division. I was happy that I could complete all the WODs that were required. It was a good feeling.
I signed up for CrossFit for a couple of reasons, one, I have always been interested in the CrossFit/Spartan idea, watching competitions on TV, etc, which inspired me to enter my first Spartan competition at age 60, two years ago. This was not one of my better ideas (right up there the Mount Rainier expedition), but with a lot of help from Josh in the office, we both finished (found out later my wife made Josh sign up because she was worried about me, thanks!). The second reason, every summer we have our family reunion at the beach for a week and my niece and her husband are in to CrossFit training and would make me come with them to the nearest CrossFit class every morning, I enjoyed the classes which made me start looking for an alternative to the exercise class I had been participating in for the last few years. I just needed more of a challenge than what I was doing and I was very familiar with Paula since I worked out with her at her old location on North Dale Mabry around 15 years ago, so I paid my friend a visit and she signed me up for the CrossFit Lite Class. Almost said “old” friend but Paula would kill me.
My first impression was a little bit of intimidation, the first thing you see when you walk in is all of the young men and women performing CrossFit exercises “as seen on TV” so I began thinking I may have made another bone-head choice but I quickly realized my sanctuary was in the back corner and soon Justin and Kim showed up and all was good. Now with a few months under my belt the CrossFit Lite Class seems like a perfect fit for me and still gives me the challenge I was looking for. Maybe the CrossFit class is in my future, we’ll see.
My first achievement was simply, understanding all of the acronyms; AMRAP, WOD, EMOM, but I think I got it now.
I’m not sure what I’m working on now (I just do whatever Justin & Kim tell me), I think I’m mainly trying to improve my endurance and slowly work on learning some of the new skills for the other classes. I do tend to catch myself staring at the CrossFit class wondering how in the hell they perform some of the exercises, great job guys!
My favorite Jaguar memory is the great people in all of the classes, I enjoy working out with the younger crowd, it keeps me motivated, a little competition is good for everyone.
Groupon and the need for some positive change in my life. My first impression was “CrossFit is badass”.
And it hasn’t changed.
It’s hard to remember my “first” achievement because it’s been nearly 5 years and there has been so many, but the achievements I remember being really excited about were my first bar muscle, and a 5th place finish in my first RX competition at WOD JAMZ with my badass teammates Mighty Mite “Melissa” and Nicky! More recently, I’ve been super excited that I can FINALLY do multiple strict pull ups…Thought that would never happen!
I am working on staying focused…not missing, eating right, putting in extra work, and doing MORE pull-ups. By doing these things, since August 206 I have lost 20 lbs while continuing to get stronger!
My favorite Jaguar memory is all of them…all the memories! There are sooooo many! And…beating Kimberly at arm wrestling 😉😘
My father introduced me to CrossFit when he first joined Jaguar a couple years ago. I was always an active person, but I had never lifted weights before coming to the box. My dad had wanted either my mom or I to join him at the box, so I decided to try it and I loved it.
My initial impression of CrossFit was that it was excessive. I played tennis and did acrobatics when I was younger through high school and didn’t really understand what all the hype was about this Olympic lifting stuff. After giving it a shot, I realize that CrossFit is what you make it for yourself. Weights are also no longer intimidating to me, but a fun way to get stronger. The best part of CrossFit is how supportive everyone is of each other.
My first achievements were hitting a 200# deadlift and doing a WOD RX for the first time earlier this year. I’m working on pull-ups! I will eventually figure out this kipping thing…
My favorite Jaguar memory has to be joining my dad for the Jaguar Games. I was hesitant to sign up at first, but I am glad we did. We had a wonderful time competing together in such a great environment against such awesome people.
I was really bored of just going to the gym getting my reps in and going home so, I went out looking for something new. When I saw how CrossFit was so competitive and fueled by its high intensity workouts and and loud music I was hooked. I have always been one to look for things to do that get my adrenaline going and CrossFit fit the bill. I love CrossFit and everything it stands for as well as my favorite box, CrossFit Jaguar! Best of all, everyone around you is going as hard as they possibly can so, you don’t have to feel like you have to contain your inner beast like you would (unfortunately) have to at a normal gym.
I initially found CrossFit to be quite intimidating especially with all the olympic lifting and gymnastic movements. Now, these are what i can’t get enough of. I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to the olympic lifting portion of our workouts. [Read more…]
After having my third child early last year, I noticed how incredibly weak I was. While I’ve never been a strong person, I just felt pathetic; there were simple things I couldn’t do by myself and it really aggravated me. About this time last year, I was also 20 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and figured I needed to do something about that as well. That’s when I started working out at a local gym. Before then, I could probably count how many times I had worked out since high school, which is pretty sad.
My main goal was to get stronger since that’s what I felt I needed the most help with, I figured losing the extra weight would happen as a result of the strength training. Unfortunately, I didn’t make much progress on my own. I always saw people at a CrossFit gym near me outside doing bad-ass exercises and I thought “I wish I could do things like that!” In January of this year there was a family fitness night at my daughter’s school and I met Paula and Melissa! I also ended up winning a free month from a drawing. It was FATE! That’s where my love for CrossFit began. [Read more…]