Wendy, Why do You do CrossFit?
What was your life like before you started CrossFit?
I first started CrossFit in Seattle, after I realized that rowing crew September to December, in the dark, on Lake Union, was not much fun. Also, I was a bicycle commuter for work, and rowing bears too many similarities to bicycling to make for well-rounded fitness. After realizing how much I enjoyed CrossFit, I was happy to join a CrossFit gym after I moved back to Bozeman.
What brought you to True Spirit CrossFit in the first place?
I started at True Spirit CrossFit after I had spent several months caring for my mother who passed away; and knowing that I was facing surgery for ankle fusion in a few months. I desperately needed regular exercise again; and wanted to become stronger and healthier in order to recover faster from upcoming surgery.
What was your first impression?
It was so pleasant to walk through the door of a gym that was large, well-lit, and filled with lots of pleasant, welcoming people. I really liked the box I went to in Seattle, but in retrospect it was kind of a dungeon.
What was the first thing fun or positive thing you experienced while training with us?
I always feel better when I am getting regular exercise than when I’m not. Also, I’ve been pre-diabetic for 13 years, and CrossFit helps keep my body fat lower, and my blood sugar numbers in order, staving off needing medicine for diabetes.
Are you working on any special CrossFit related skill now?
Right now I am trying to focus on getting better as pull-ups and push-ups. I’m skiing a lot (yeah ski season!) so my legs are getting a good work out, but I want to be sure not to ignore upper body and core strength.
How has you life changed since training with TSCF?
My legs are definitely stronger than they were last year so I can ski longer and better, with less knee pain. I’m also in need of a double knee replacement, but that’s another event I am keeping at bay with strength and mobility training.
What's your favorite True Spirit CrossFit memory?
Deadlifting 195 pounds. I really want to deadlift 200 pounds, and haven’t made it there yet, but 195 was pretty sweet.
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