“Has CrossFit changed my life? A fair question to think about after two years of consistent attendance. I feel I started CrossFit as an avid exerciser and have progressed into an athlete. Before CrossFit I went through the motions of exercise on a daily basis but remained weak through my core with a stomach I had hated since my teens. I am now physically stronger both with activities as well as in appearance. My muscle tone has increased notably with no overall gains in size and though it took a little time, even my skinny jeans fit better!
As far as achievements and challenges I have concurred in CrossFit, I can hardly believe my gains. I had always heard about the addiction factor of CrossFit and wondered how anyone can get addicted to getting their butt kicked on a daily basis but it is the challenges put in front of you that create the addiction. Before I started CrossFit I could operate an elliptical trainer but I had never been able to perform a handstand, double under, pull up, box jump, rope climb or Olympic lift, I actually didn’t even know what half of it really was. Over the past two years I have slowly conquered all of those inabilities and now created new goals of being better, faster and stronger at my new accomplishments.
I find physical and mental satisfaction in the completion of each workout and that is coming from an admitted skeptic. As a physical therapist I had always heard how dangerous CrossFit was and considered it “good for business”, but I have never seen trainers with such close attention to form, technique and safety. I have actually experienced an overall decrease in joint irritation since starting CrossFit. At least on those days when I am to look past the regular feeling of being run over by a mac truck, i.e. extreme muscle soreness!
All in all I really cannot imagine my life without CrossFit. I would still not be able to do a pull up or handstand, I would have missed out on some really great friendships, I would never have experienced “feeling strong”, I would never have been asked to help pack out an elk and I would have never gotten the nickname “Baby Hercules” from my husband.”
– Shawna Erickson
“I joined CrossFit Sandpoint two years ago, at age 41, after many years of living a sedentary lifestyle. Immediately I lost 40 pounds which convinced me that CrossFit gets results. My athletic background was limited to youth sports, outdoor activities, and powerlifting for high school football. I ha…