transformation

Transformation Tuesday: Jill's Story

I didn’t think I would like CrossFit. Before my first class on May 1, I had picked up a barbell less than 10 times in my life. I never once thought of myself as strong. The concept of logging your progress in an app that other people can view felt scary and embarrassing. When I looked at examples of past workouts, it seemed like a foreign language. Basically, I was in over my head.

So, why would I even give this CrossFit thing a chance? I’ve had trouble finding an exercise regimen that stuck. I would get into a routine at the gym or on a running kick for about two months, then fall off. I would spend hours scouring the internet and asking friends to identify what types of workouts I should be doing and schedule them out. It got exhausting and I wasn’t even sure if I was doing it right. Every time, like clock work, I’d get burnt out and bored. I wanted to find something I could maintain.

If I’m being completely honest, walking into that first class was brutal. I was completely out of my element. However, by the time the class ended it felt really gratifying.

The first month or so was a mix of feeling awkward with the movements, coupled with a strong sense of accomplishment. I was constantly surprising myself with what I was able to do. CrossFit was a challenge for me, mentally and physically. I think this was the missing piece I needed to find an routine that would last.

 

It’s been six months since my first class. Here’s why I keep coming back for more…

•   Sense of community - At a typical gym, no one talks to one another. Simply put, people at Max Oxygen are friendly. This results in a supportive and fun environment… in and outside the box.

•   Work harder - When the people beside you are pushing themselves, it makes me work a lot harder. I get a way better workout in this environment.

•   Confidence - Before I started CrossFit, I was worried about feeling embarrassed about being the slowest or weakest. Now, I’m confident enough that I know the most important part is competing with myself. Yeah, many times I get a PR but am still the gal with the lowest weight lifted. But, it doesn’t bother me. I kicked ass that day!

•   More energy - This is one of the most noticeable changes since starting CrossFit.

•   Sleeping better - I’m no longer waking up in the middle of the night unable to fall back asleep.

•   I’m strong now!!! - I’ve never felt that before. It feels good. I can also say I’m in the best shape of my life and I don’t foresee letting up anytime soon.

 

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Max Woman: Diane

Diane came to Max Oxygen in September 2015, she had done CrossFit prior at another location (see photo from 2013) and heard good things about us so she thought she'd try it again.  

Diane cut out small things from her diet, such as diet soda and began to watch her sugar intake and showed up to workouts 4-5x a week. It's been quiet the journey for her. She's lost over 40# since she started and her body continues to transform, so much that other athletes are asking me how much more weight she's lost over the past several months. That's the cool thing about ladies who lift, even if Diane hasn't lost any more weight, her body is continuing to lean up and build muscle, resulting in a different body composition. Lifting weights at high intensity = results, that is CrossFit. 

As crossfitters, we know that there's so much more to it than what the scale or the mirror reflects. Diane has PR'd in EVERY lift, she's learned gymnastics skills and she set a goal of being able to do an unassisted pull-up by 3/15/2017 during our 2017 goal setting day and she achieved that goal just a few weeks ago during 17.2!

We are proud to be a part of your journey Diane and are honored you chose Max Oxygen as your gym home.

Read below to see what Diane has to say about her transformation:

What was your original why for joining CF? My purpose for joining crossfit was to challenge myself every day and it continues to be my purpose to this day.
Has that changed now? No.  Rope climbs,  handstands, pull ups and toes to bar are some of the many movements that I never thought I could do before but can do now.
What changes have you seen in the following:
Physically: I have seen many physical changes and clothes shopping is an awesome experience now!
Mentally: Mentally I am looking forward to new challenges and am feeling more confident at work, with my family and in social situations as well.
Socially: Crossfit has given me a renewed sense of community. I want to give to others what has been given to me. 
One piece of advice for a new person who has just joined CrossFit? One thing I would mention to a new person is to set some goals and listen to your coaches!! They can help you!
Why do you keep coming back? I keep coming back to see my CrossFit family crush their goals and set PRs!!!

 

August 2013

August 2013

August 2016

August 2016

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16.2 March 2016                                                         17.2 March 2017