This week's awesome transformation story comes from community member extraordinaire Ashley S.. Her story is one of building confidence, trying new things, and getting more out life. .... Which is precisely the vision we have for each and every athlete who walks through our doors! Thanks for sharing Ashley!
I didn't get into CrossFit to find my inner beast mode, take my training to the next level, or experience life on the vomit comet (aka AirDyne). I did it for a much more mundane reason: a bridesmaid dress. A really, really short one.
Pre-CrossFit, I'd trained in muay thai for ten years, done a marathon, and, once upon a time, was a certified yoga teacher. I knew CrossFit as the thing my crazy adrenaline-junkie friends did, but my activities were getting stale and I wanted a drastic change. I walked into UB during lunch one day and talked to Trent, then set up an onramp before I could second-guess myself.
I can honestly say I had no idea what I was getting myself into and I am forever grateful for the kindness, patience, and subtle persistence of the coaches at UB. At first I was plain terrified but determined, and then I realized that some of this stuff was really, really fun. And then I started seeing results - one day I wore a UB shirt and every single coach came up to me to say congratulations on how my hard work was paying off. They didn't say, “omg, you've lost so much weight.” That's not the vibe or the point around here - and honestly I hadn't lost a lot of weight. It's really that I worked hard and results happened - I was leaner, stronger, and doing better and better in class.
That's pretty awesome, but the more surprising and fulfilling change happened in my mentality. I'm a lot braver than I used to be. Every class has something that scares me a little - a specific movement, a time constraint, a new goal I really want to meet but am not quite sure about - and it's through exposing myself to that little moment of fear and actually doing well with it (thanks to awesome coaching) that my confidence has grown exponentially.
Since starting with UB in April 2013, I've gotten back into a whole bunch of things I used to love to do - swimming, tumbling - as well as started new things - paddleboarding, indoor climbing. I've done two CrossFit team competitions and will probably do more. UB is a fantastic place for anyone at any level that wants to compete - the community is open and welcoming, and we like to have fun with our WODs. Well, we like to have fun with everything. It's a good, good place.