Alexis, Why do You do CrossFit?
What was your life like before you started training with True Spirit CrossFit?
I am active in nice weather, out hiking and playing but the rest of the year, not so much. I grew up skiing but kind of let it go for several years. The occasional yoga or pilates class was my "fitness." My perception of Crossfit was not a positive one. I envisioned it being very masculine, intimidating, and for super fit people only.
What brought you to True Spirit CrossFit in the first place?
I basically hunted Leslie down :) No not really but I was very persistent. I was so persistent because I felt called to this place. That sounds intense, but I did. My husband tragically died last year from cancer at age 39 when our daughter was 6 months old, and the level of pain I was in drew me to lift weights. I wanted to use the physical pain of strengthening my body to cope with the mental pain. It has helped me a lot on my grief journey.
What was your first impression? Has that changed?
When I first walked into the gym and met Leslie (after talking with her on the phone a few times), I just knew I had found the right place. My heart led me there. I adore Leslie, she makes me want to come to class. She is the right coach for me. And the members are great. I felt welcome right away. I truly look forward to each class.
What was the first thing fun or positive thing you experienced while training with us?
I really have fun with jump rope, air squats, and re-learning how to lift weights. (I used to lift in basketball years ago). I love the upbeat loud music and challenging myself to do the different workout routines. Sometimes they are intimidating but I like the challenge. Each workout is different, which I love. I am enjoying seeing and feeling progress with my individualized skillwork.
Are you working on any special CrossFit related skill now?
Yes, I am working toward doing a pushup with my legs off the ground and in plank position! This is a big one for me. I can feel my upper body strength increasing. I can hold planks for 30 seconds 4/x and I couldn't do this before.
How has you life changed since training with TSCF?
I feel better mentally and physically. I feel stronger, curious, and more confident. I feel happier while I go through the process of rebuilding my life without my husband. It is truly helping me during a very difficult time in my life.
What's your favorite True Spirit CrossFit memory?
I loved Foundations. I totally geeked out learning all the introductory information. Leslie was a very thorough teacher of the fundamentals, which looking back now is so nice to learn the "why" of why we do what we do. And in class, my favorite memory so far was celebrating my 25th class (last week!) I felt proud of myself and what I have accomplished.
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