Here is an insight of just one person’s journey, so far, at CrossFit North County. Kassie came to us after her husband joined and has made some awesome strides. Take a look at what Kassie’s story is…so far!
I will never forget the first time I stepped into the box; I don’t remember everyone that was there, what I was wearing, or what the strength portion of the class was, but I do remember the WOD. Having not jumped rope since middle school, when I saw the board said, “400 du and 40 d/b, switch exercises every 2 minutes,” my jaw dropped. What have I gotten myself into?! I was in decent shape, so I thought, but how was I supposed to finish?! 400 double unders … how do you even do that? And 40 down and backs (does math in head), that’s a mile of running! And we have 30 minutes?! Now, being brand new, Aj told me it was okay not to finish. People that couldn’t do double unders were doing 800 single unders, but he told me just to aim for 600. I camped out in the back of the room away from everyone else, and once the timer beeped, I got to work. Minutes felt like hours, my calves were on fire, and before I knew it, over 20 minutes had passed and I was the only one not done. But no one left. In fact, I had about 200m left to run and a few people joined me to encourage me to finish strong. The desire to quit escaped me and I pushed my weary legs as fast as I could will them. I finished my first scaled WOD in just over 27 minutes.
I grew up playing competitive sports; I was a centerfielder and leadoff batter in fastpitch softball, and a midfielder in soccer. Nearly every weekend in the spring, summer, and fall as a minor was spent at our local field or away at a tournament. But, like many athletes, I didn’t keep up with that level of activity and started gaining weight in college. 10 pounds, 15 pounds … got married … 20 pounds … had a miscarriage … 25 pounds, 30 pounds … had 2 successful pregnancies and 2 beautiful, healthy daughters to show for it … 35 pounds, 40 pounds. Try as I might, I couldn’t find the motivation to do anything about my weight gain. Sure, I had gym memberships (that I used for a couple weeks then fell off the wagon), tried at home Beachbody videos like P90X, played indoor co-ed soccer and on several slow pitch softball teams, and I even tried the C25K running app a few times. But none of these things peeled off more than 5 pounds before I put them back on. I didn’t truly understand what my body needed, how to alter my lifestyle to meet my goals, or even how to make realistic and measureable goals. “Lose 40 pounds”, yes, okay, but how?
Turns out, I needed coaching. I needed guidance with nutrition. I needed competition. I needed a village. I get all of these things at CrossFit North County! In roughly 3 months, I’ve attended over 50 CrossFit classes, and I’m addicted. The coaches help me make better nutrition choices, teach me how to lift correctly, embolden me to push myself outside of my comfort zone, and celebrate with me when I’m laid out on the floor, exhausted from putting in 100% effort. I finally feel like I’m headed in the right direction and can track my progress because I actually have goals now. And, get this, my goals aren’t weight loss oriented. Yes, I’ve lost over 10 pounds already, but I am far more excited to see the numbers on the bar go up than I am to see the numbers on the scale go down. I am dropping inches, but I’m more ecstatic about writing my name on the PR board. My clothes are fitting better (or getting too loose), but I feel more remunerated by commemorating with a fellow athlete when we complete a team WOD together. I like it when friends and family outside the box notice my progress by just how I look, but I love it when coaches and other members of our box notice my progress by how I’m performing.
Joining CrossFit North County is the best decision my husband and I made. The community is uplifting and positive, and I’ve made a lot of new friends here. The box is a safe place to try, fail, and try again until you get it right or hit a new PR. And as a mother, it is my responsibility to be a strong role model for my young daughters, and this place is helping me do that, and more.