“CrossFit is a channel of fitness that is constantly varied and incorporates functional lifestyle movements at a high intensity. This style of workout rebuilt my life and my self-confidence back in 2013.
The mind and the body grow together. When you train your body and test your limits, you inadvertently train the mind to push beyond its limits and believe in yourself to achieve more. “
What is a CrossFit Mom?
A CrossFit mom is a mother who dedicates time for herself. It’s a time for us to work out the stress of the day and exhaust all the worries we think about.
For a brief moment, we shut off our brain and only focus on how our body is performing. This feeling is liberating and addicting. The only time we talk about the scale is when we need to reduce the workload weight for a WOD (workout of the day) and not the weight on our body.
We like it when we gain muscle and increase the weights on the bar. We encourage other mothers to get stronger and friendships develop because we are attracted to the positive energy.
With a world constantly trying to mold or shape the perfect female body, CrossFit builds the perfect female body. I love the woman I have trained for because CrossFit gave this mom back a powerful voice, “I am woman, hear me roar!”
Before CrossFit: The Skeptic Mind
Crossing the fitness barrier from attending a regular gym to venturing over into CrossFit and becoming a CrossFit Mom, this was a lifesaver for me.
Finding CrossFit was the domino effect that led me to achieve greater personal goals. Pushing down that first domino was the hardest hurdle because I had to get over my fears.
First, what’s the big hype about CrossFit? Well, don’t knock it until you try it.
Considering that I was a skeptic, I didn’t want to get sucked into another fitness craze and drink the Kool-Aid. My preconceived beliefs were ignited by my own fears.
I was embarrassed that didn’t completely understand their workout movements and their technical lifts. I placed too much pressure on myself to know everything. Don’t start with this kind of mindset.
When you are unfamiliar with new things we conjure up premature judgments about the unknown person, place, or thing. Walk in with an open mind and be willing to try a new activity. You might be surprised like I was and get hooked.
On October 3, 2012, came the birth of my precious little girl, Riley. She was the best gift God had given me and I never regretted sacrificing my body to have her. Yet after she was born, I completely let myself go.
My life was extremely stressful with the responsibility of taking care of a newborn during my last semester of college and working 35-38 hours per week.
So, I ate whenever I was hungry and had larger portions of food along with quitting my daily exercises.
After graduating from college in May of 2013, I made a huge transition a month later by moving from California to Arkansas. I couldn’t find work with my new college degree, my marriage was on the rocks, and I was trying to care for a baby.
The circumstances in my life were adding up to a high level of stress. I turned to unhealthy habits like eating bad good, drinking alcohol, and having migraines once a week.
My life was headed down a destructive path but in October of 2013, my unhappiness was unbearable. Something had to change because my daughter needed me.
I’m Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired
My physical, emotional, and mental state of mind needed to improve and I had to establish healthier habits. I was battling migraines, mild depression, drinking, and lack of motivation or purpose. I was also susceptible to common illnesses more frequently. Finally, I took one hard look in the mirror and said, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired..”
So, I took measurements and my post-baby weight on the scale revealed 175lbs.
This was the heaviest weight I ever reached in my life! This shocking disclosure of my weight launched my desire to change and researching for a gym in an unfamiliar state without knowing anyone was slightly intimidating and discouraging but I couldn’t let fear hold me back.
I found a gym called 365 Fitness in Conway, Arkansas. I started my intense fitness program with my new trainer named Brooke Walker. She reviewed my nutrition plan and immediately created my fitness plan.
She was the catalysts that helped me start my fitness journey. I had to track my calories and record what I ate while reducing or cutting alcohol from my diet. This was slightly overwhelming but I was committed.
The change wasn’t too hard except that I had to balance motherhood, a full-time job working 10-12 hours a day (as a Life Insurance Agent), bills, and an unstable husband. The emotional and psychological battle began.
The Hard Choice
Without going down the rabbit hole into the history of my marital struggles. I can sum in three words:
Abusive. Perscriptions. Lying.
My husband over medicated himself for 3 days. AGAIN! This was a recurring emotional roller coaster over the course of my five-year marriage.
Anger and resentment boiled up inside me. More broken promises left me in fear and hopeless. Life flashed before my eyes, five to 10 years from now, would my husband still be addicted to his prescription pills?
What if I away from home and my daughter was neglected, injured from an accident, or dead?
I had to be there to protect my daughter. This was not going to be our future and I wasn’t going to tolerate the emotional roller coaster ride any longer.
The next day, I made the hard choice to leave and separate myself from the abuse, the emotional pain, the neglect, the lies, the deceit, and the broken promises.
I fled for safety at my aunt’s home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Living in Hot Springs forced me to cancel my training with Brooke Walker.
The hunt for a new gym began with Google Search by typing in the search box, “Gym’s in Hot Springs.” CrossFit Hot Springs popped up as the nearest gym on the search list. So, it was time to check it out.
Feeling the nervous energy inside me, on a cold winter afternoon on December 13, 2013, I strolled into CrossFit Hot Springs.
I didn’t know a single soul!
I was greeted warmly by coach, Jay Lawson, and I asked him some questions. He offered to let me observe the members working out. With a curious eye and an eager desire to know more, I sat there and watched.
After seeing their group workouts and the people cheering each other on with encouragement, I decided it was time to give this fitness program a chance. The journey to improving my life was about to begin…again.
I decided it was time to give this fitness program a chance. The journey of continuing to improve my life was about to begin again.
The Gains are in the Process
Working out was my freedom and my meditation. Life is always challenging and stressful but yet I knew the benefits of an active lifestyle.
I had to develop, train, and improve my physical fitness in order to have the energy to move around better. CrossFit was a channel for rebuilding myself. My mind and my thoughts started changing the stronger and faster I physically developed.
This feeling was empowering. Training my body to get stronger also trained my mind inadvertently.
Adapting to CrossFit wasn’t difficult because the comradery attracted me to the CrossFit program. The positive stimulation motivated me to workout harder. The fun competition between other members only pushed me to step up and level out with my contenders.
Trainers have a very crucial role because they are the first motivator in any gym. I was drawn to the crowd of people cheering for me to lift heavier, run faster, or pull harder, etc.
In June of 2014, I moved to Little Rock in order to be closer to my new job and joined CrossFit Legit, which became my new gym.
Since then, I have excelled greatly and hit personal records in my workouts such as back squats, power cleans, snatches, overhead squats, rowing, push ups, pull ups, and more. I have competed in several charity events and various CrossFit competitions.
I’ve strived for higher fitness goals. In less than 4 years, I went from 175lbs to 130lbs. I fit into smaller clothing and I have this awesome feeling of being strong and powerful.
Currently, I am a CrossFit Trainer Intern and Boot Camp Coach at Alpha Athletics. I am now committed to changing the lives of others because of the impact CrossFit had on my life.
Food is Fuel!
I associate majority of my physically changes with eating the right kind of food. Give what your body needs to train effectively at the gym and have a healthier life.
If you don’t change the food source then you will not see the results you desire. Weight loss and abs are made in the kitchen while toning muscles are created in the gym.
The CrossFit Community
The community harnesses the natural camaraderie sparks fun competition of the sport or game that yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means. Alpha Athletics and I.O.P CrossFit my current workout community and we come together to sweat and share our progress.
Overall, the aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad yet general and inclusive fitness supported by measurable, observable and repeatable results. The program prepares trainees for any physical demand—not only for the unknown but for the unknowable. Our specialty is not specializing.
Why should you try it?
CrossFit challenges the world’s fittest individuals and the program can also be universal scalable. Therefore, this makes it the perfect application for anyone who is committed, regardless of their experience. We scale load and intensity but we don’t change the program.
The Creator of CrossFit
CrossFit was developed by Greg Glassman over several decades. His vision redefines fitness by increasing the work capacity across and he created programs specifically designed to improve fitness and health. CrossFit has a variety of functional movements performed at a very high intensity. It is based on functional movements and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. Moving the largest loads over the longest distances are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. These functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.