Janine T on Being New to CrossFit

Things are going well! Overall, I am REALLY happy with the whole experience.  This is exactly what I was hoping it would be!

First off, even though this might sound silly, being a girl (especially with very little athletic experience), working out and going to the gym has always been intimidating to me.  And it always seems to be a male-dominated environment.  Coming to a gym run by two women was a huge attraction to me.  All the women at UB are such inspiring, awesome people!  Each in her own way :)  Yesterday I had a class with Joanna and she was also amazing!  I would say, this also extends to the other members within the gym as well.  Many inspiring ladies!

This also gets me to my next point... Everyone is so positive, encouraging, and non-judgmental.  I had the other Janine (!) as my partner last Thursday on a fairly tough workout, and though I was totally lagging behind her, she was constantly encouraging me and telling me to stop apologizing for not being able to catch up with her.  There have been several other members who have encouraged me these last couple weeks, and it really goes a long way.  Especially when I am carrying the lightest weights and it comes from someone lifting something one million times heavier :)

The other thing I really appreciate, is the modifications that the staff has given me for each work out, in terms of how I should be adjusting it as a new comer.  This is INCREDIBLY helpful, especially since this is my first foray into this world :)

In terms of how the Onramp Course prepared us for actual classes, I still feel a little lost on my form for most of the lifts, but in general I feel like I know what to expect, who to ask questions to, etc.  Having Trent take us through a whole class routine was definitely helpful in terms of understanding the pace of the classes.  I also now know that 6:30am really isn't that terrible!  It's actually kind of a nice time of day :)  Also it's worth mentioning probably that the Onramp Course was exactly what I thought it would be.  You guys do a good job of conveying what the experience is on the web site.

Olivia Graff

Olivia's athletic origins lie in gymnastics and circus arts. After finding CrossFit in 2007, she became obsessed, and three years later left her IT career and opened United Barbell. Olivia is particularly passionate about helping people new to fitness to find joy in their growing athletic abilities. Since the birth of her daughter, Isis, in 2013, Olivia can add helping little ones find their athletic path to her list of passions.