1)What brought you to CrossFit Pickering?
A few years previous, I had changed my lifestyle; stopped smoking, lost weight and began “working out”. After about a year, I reached a plateau. I knew how to run on treadmills but had never really done weights. I knew I needed something with coaching. I had heard of CrossFit and I decided to try it. When I started to inquire around, friends of friends’ recommendations brought me to CrossFit Pickering.
2)How long have you been doing CrossFit?
Since October 1, 2015.
3)What keeps you coming back to CrossFit?
Endorphins. That is not a joke. There is no better high than having completed a particularly hard workout (and they are all hard) and feeling that burn in your quads, glutes and shoulders. If I am having a crappy day, I come to CrossFit and get my shot of endorphins, even if the WOD beats me into the ground, I know a couple of hours later I will have this awesome high, and I will be back the next day to take another beating.
The CrossFit Pickering community is so great (you could toss the word family out at this point). I can honestly say that I have not met one person at the box I don’t like. People are supportive and fun to be around. There is no split between the different levels of ability. Someone once remarked to me, “This is my happy place.” I thought, “Isn’t this everyone’s happy place?”
6) What are your goals for 2017?
Glen once told me “just be better than last year.” I have tried to make that my motto. But hell, I would love to get double-unders and kipping pullups. ( I think Allan now has Double Unders and was working on his kipping – once he’s all better, we will tackle getting stronger for those pull ups again – Marta)
7) Words of advice/inspiration for newbies/everyone
When I see new people struggling, I always want to say: “No matter how much you are struggling, know we were all once where you are, so don’t get discouraged.”
8) How have you changed by doing CrossFit?