I have always been interested in CrossFit. My best friend and his wife had been begging me to join their CF gym for a long time. Then I got into a car accident and it sidelined me for about 2 1/2 years. When I finally got back in the gym, I started slowly at a local gym. Once I had been active for a couple of years or so, I wanted to really push myself; then Traci and I started dating, and she really got me drinking the “juice”. I did a couple of drop ins and fell in love. When we moved to Croton, all the regular gyms around the area weren’t worth my time. That’s when I decided to buck up and finally join. It has easily been the best decision I could have made.
I won’t lie, I was extremely nervous. I was in decent shape when I joined, but was extremely nervous about everyone being far and away better than me. I was also worried about not being able to finish workouts. I wasn’t too familiar with RX or scaled workouts either. My first impression couldn’t have been more wrong. We all have to start somewhere. The teamwork and level of family at BMCF is far and away the best feeling. If you’re struggling, every single person who finished the workout already is there cheering you on. You choose the weight that works best for you during that specific workout. You are there attempting to finish the workout, and that is all that matters.
Besides actually completing a workout, I really think my first bright spot was completing my first Toes 2 Bar. I obviously had a few small PRs before that, but I remember we were in the middle of a WOD and I had never done a T2B before. I believe the workout was something like 3 rounds for time, and T2B was one of the pieces of it. I had been doing knees to chest for a while. Then during the WOD, I just said screw it and attempted to do a T2B. All of a sudden I was stringing a few together at a time.
Recently I just got my first Handstand Push-Up. This was something I truly never thought was possible. I have been at BMCF for about 10 months and it took me at least 6 months or so to even get a handstand. Then 2 weeks ago, all of a sudden I was able to get a HSPU. *3 ab mats, but I’ll take it haha* Besides that, I am working on getting muscle ups, double unders and now hand stand walks.
If I could go back in time, the main thing I would tell myself is to not worry so much. Everything comes in time. If I told myself 10 months ago, that I would be doing HSPU, or squatting 260#, I wouldn’t believe it. All the PRs and accomplishments come with hard work. It is all about being consistent. Getting to the gym is the most important thing. Once you are there, everything else comes with it.