I’m not one of those people who has always been in shape; I don’t have a sports or fitness background. In fact, I spent my entire 20s largely inactive and at a weight and body fat level far from healthy. I started running in my early 30s and even completed a half-marathon but it wasn’t until I started Crossfit that I really changed the course my life was on. I have an old co-worker to thank for that. Everyday, he’d come into the office and describe to me his workout of the day, and everyday I’d tell him how horrific it sounded and ask why I’d ever want to put myself through that. I was perfectly happy running and going to Zumba classes two or three times a week. Or so I thought. That co-worker of mine gave me a gift certificate good for two weeks of Crossfit for Christmas that year. And so two days after Christmas in December of 2011, I found myself in a cold warehouse gym at 6AM, terrified of everything and everyone around me.
I am not gifted with natural athletic ability. I didn’t discover I was really good at Crossfit after a few months at it; in fact, I was really bad at it. It took me nine months to get a kipping pull up and to this day, I can only do double-unders when the planets are perfectly aligned and no one is looking at me. Olympic lifts are just now starting to click for me. You get the picture. But the one thing I can do is work really hard. And when you put in the work, you start to achieve things you didn’t think were possible. There is no better feeling than that.
I can honestly say I am a completely different person than the one who walked into that gym nearly three years ago. I don’t mean just physically, though my body has certainly transformed. Crossfit has changed who I am mentally as well. It has given me confidence and taught me perseverance and instilled in me an indomitable will to conquer the challenges I am faced with, be they in the gym or in my everyday life.
You don’t expect the average person to look and feel better in their late 30s compared to their late 20s, but I’ve proven to myself that it’s never too late to change your life.