I would never consider myself an athlete, that is, until this moment. Early this year I began making major changes in my lifestyle, primarily through the types of food I ate and avoided. After experiencing an overall improvement in my health and weight through better, whole food choices, I began looking at ways to improve my health at a deeper level, through fitness. I had spent time researching Crossfit on my own and then made that crucial “first step.” I showed up for a beginner class at Crossfit Staunton (CFS). I will never regret that moment. Not only has CFS been integral in changing my physical fitness level and strength they have also awakened an inner strength in “who” I am as a 45-year-old woman. I can do this. I am doing this.
CFS has become a family to me. The instructors challenge me and motivate me, not against my fellow athletes, but against myself and my own perceived inabilities. CFS excels in training the whole body through proper form and technique, varied levels of workouts and that all important component of mobility! All workouts can be scaled for everyone, regardless of your level of physical health and ability. Trust me on that one. Beyond the highly trained, capable instructors, is the community of CFS athletes who inspire and spur one another on to greater achievements physically and personally. The last to finish is often the one receiving the loudest of cheers….we are a team!
Let me start by saying that I absolutely love CrossFit Staunton. I could go on and on about why, but I’ll try to condense it down here. When I graduated from Radford University in the spring of 2015 (degree in Criminal Justice), I knew that I needed a strong fitness program to be able to achieve the start to my career. I was in no shape to be able to pass the physical agility test for my police department application. So through several months of personal training, Coach Phil Lennon helped me become an athlete and I was able to pass that agility test, easily! Since then, I have been going to the regular group classes, and I have seen an improvement in myself that I never thought possible. CrossFit Staunton is so much more than just a gym! It is a family! Every day brings a different workout and skill, which keeps it interesting. I enjoy and look forward to coming to class everyday to workout and see my friends. Through CFS, I gained self-confidence, started my career with Albemarle County PD, and gained a new family. The coaches are awesome, the athletes are awesome, and CrossFit Staunton is awesome!
As a former college athlete, who has tinkered around with all kinds of workouts and various conditioning programs, I can honestly say this is the first time, in a long time, that I look forward to going to the gym. Put it this way, there are very few things in my life, I would show up at 5:30am to do. I like the fact that the coaches don’t allow you to b.s. them or yourself. They challenge you to get the most out of you (in a positive way.). This isn’t a gym – it’s a community of people who want to better themselves.