Joining Crossfit Interbay this past summer has really helped sustain my sanity throughout this year. My schedule is quite busy and having a community to come see in the evenings has made long or tough days seem okay and good days even better. I had wanted to join for a while, but couldn’t convince myself it was worth the extra money. Needless to say I took the plunge this past summer and have loved it every day since, yes every day.
I’ve always been a gym rat. Custodians would be screaming at me to leave the gym as their shifts were coming to an end. I played sports all growing up and found more satisfaction in physical exertion than almost anything else. I learned how to work hard at a pretty young age and found dedicating myself to physical activity rather easy. I had a life altering injury when I was 17. For years I tried to get back to the place I was before I was hurt, but found myself frustrated, continually in pain, and reinjuring myself. I finally reached a place where I gave up trying to get back to how I used to be; however, in this I lost the level of intensity in fitness that I so love and need. I lifted, biked, and tried various forms of exercise I could maintain. This past summer that love of intensity reignited in me and having a place to release energy helps me get through my days. I am also learning not to favor my better leg, mainly because with the way the workouts are structured I need both my legs and favoring isn’t much of an option. The muscle in my right leg is feeling more like it used to in my teenage years, which is something I couldn’t get by myself.
Beyond the physical satisfaction of Crossfit, the community is incredible. I am not sure if all Crossfit gyms are the same because this is the only one I have been a part of, but Ron, Erin and their team have set up a place of refuge, fun, intensity, and so much more. I mainly go to the seven o’clock class and when I leave work I look forward to getting to class. I’ve come to expect certain things at 7. I know Amanda will be telling long stories that get me hooked, Beth will sing every song on the playlist while complaining how sick of the play list she is, Mark will be continually encouraging, Sam will have a serious look on his face that makes him seem unapproachable even though he is really nice, Tina will say,” Hey Lady,” Marianne will be working on her doubleunders, J-dub will be working on something new since he is frequently mastering things, Korbo will be forever smiling, Aryn and I will try and convince one another to throw on a little more weight and Shea will say, “thata girl.” Oh, and Justin will be making fun of someone. And of course many more things. All of the people I have met here have made me want to keep coming. I have been shown nothing but kindness. I walked in terrified to do the first Open workout and was met with such encouragement and Paul saying, “I can judge for you.” The willingness of each person to help everyone succeed is something I love being a part of. Thanks!
5 Sets of 5 Reps (Use the smallest Band or add weight to where the last 1-2 reps of each set are tough to complete)
100 Double Unders
50 Wall Balls (20/14)
Did you know Claire H. was used in a CrossFit Demonstration video when she lived overseas. Here she is.