When we asked for you, our dear athletes, to offer up testimonials for our site, we had no idea what a tremendous response we would get in return. Your stories did tell of your successes, but they also told great tales of personal travails and triumph. We were so moved by what you had to say, we wanted to not only showcase you on our site, but also give you an acknowledgement from us to you. If you haven't shared your story but would like to, please email us!
So here is the first story we received - a story from our first lady Ambassador of Awesome, Kelly F!
34 years old / Law / Joined UB August 2010
I hated PE when I was a kid. I always failed miserably at the Presidential Fitness Test. I thought I'd never be able to do a pushup or a pull-up, nor did I think I'd ever want to. I thought I was doing right by myself by hitting the elliptical, and the occasional “body conditioning” and spinning classes, but I could never lose weight.
Enter CrossFit and the coaching at United Barbell. The coaches at UB have the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to have taken a total amateur like me, with a timid and ill-advised attitude toward fitness, and changed everything I thought about my body and what it can do. I was essentially starting from scratch and I never once during class felt left out or inferior to those who are experienced crossfitters. Each workout can be scaled and adapted to any fitness level and when you're just starting out, this is crucial to avoid injury and well, to get you to keep walking through that door. The gym itself is spacious and the well-maintained equipment is top of the line and plentiful! The variety of class types and class times can accommodate anyone’s schedule.
Since starting from Day 1 of UB in August, 2010, I have FULLY transformed my body and made it the machine I never thought it could be. I have made unbelievable strength and endurance gains. Crossfit gave me a solid foundation of fitness for a healthy, active lifestyle of cycling and cyclocross racing. I have a completely different attitude towards fitness and how I live my life. Most importantly, I’m eternally grateful for the community United Barbell has created. And hey, in 2010 I met my (now) husband at UB!