Written: July 2015
To date I have been with CrossFit Midlo for 21 months. Currently, at 44 years old I can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life. I owe that to the coaches, programming, and fellow members I work-out with several times a week. As for my brief history, I played little league sports as a kid, a little in high school, but never have considered myself an athlete. Growing up with severe asthma always seemed to limit me, (at least I thought it did). Throughout my 30’s and early 40’s, I became more sedentary, gained a few extra pounds, and eventually learned I was pre-diabetic with elevated blood sugar at the age of 42.
Throughout this same time, I had actually attempted to “get in shape”, several times. I went to the YMCA, I tried running, I even joined Anytime Fitness. I could never stick with it! I’d get bored, and I never saw any results. It was frustrating. I eventually started the CrossFit Midlo Roots Program in the fall of 2013. I jokingly say, “that is when I was born!” When I started, I could not squat well, Olympic Lifting was new to me (and it showed), I was stiff as a board, and my endurance was none existent. Within 30 days, I could tell something was different. I was not really concerned with “results”, I was just having fun learning and simply working out. I honestly felt and still feel like I’m 15 years old again. The amazing thing is that while I stopped looking for results, they were happening, RAPIDLY. Within 90 days, my blood sugar was completely normal, my blood pressure had even dropped, and my asthma (though still present), is the best it has been in my life, AND I lost 15 pounds! When I started, I figured this would be like any other fitness attempt I have made.
I’d have to force myself to go, I would not see any results, and I’d eventually quit. I WAS WRONG. In a short period of time, I have realized this is now a part of my life and I can’t wait to do it each and every day. I could go on forever because there is so much more that could be said about CrossFit Midlo: positive vibes, awesome friendships, family atmosphere, seeing lives and bodies changing daily, etc. The list goes on! In conclusion, I’ll just say (if it’s not obvious), I love it!
My CrossFit journey has spanned a total of 2 1/2 years (with a 7 month break; in 2013 Krakow, Poland had no CrossFit gyms!) and 3 boxes. While I have enjoyed all of my training, and all of the places I have been, CrossFit Midlo really feels like home. When my husband and I moved to Virginia, we first checked out another box because it was closer to his work, and he wasn’t interested in the extra drive CrossFit Midlo would be for him. I made the decision to drop in anyway, and from my first class, I knew that I would be going to CrossFit Midlo with or without him! Fortunately, he agreed to make the drive! The community is amazing; everyone is so friendly and welcoming! We have made some amazing friends at CrossFit Midlo, and truly feel like we are a part of a very special family.
The coaching and the programing at CrossFit Midlo is top notch. The coaches are very aware of proper technique and know the abilities of every athlete. They know exactly how and when to scale or push an athlete to achieve the best possible results. My numbers and abilities sky rocketed when I joined. For example, my Back Squat has gone from 120lbs to 180lbs, my Front Squat went from 105lbs to 155lbs, and I can do pull-ups and “real” push-ups for the first time, EVER! But what I love most about CrossFit Midlo, is how it makes me feel. I look forward to my work-out every day. I love walking into the gym and being surrounded by friends who are genuinely glad to see me. I love working out with/next to people, cheering them on, and being motivated by them. I love hitting new numbers in my lifts, and beating old times on workouts. I love feeling strong, powerful, and accomplished. Continuing my training at CrossFit Midlo is one of the best decisions I have ever made!