Kim Pribanic: Why Do you Do CrossFit?
What was your fitness, CrossFit, or yoga "life" like before you started training with True Spirit CrossFit & Yoga.
I was a gymnast as a kid, then an (alleged) dancer, and a miserable, out of shape wreck for quite a while. I got into trail running in the mid-90’s, which saved my sanity. After some surgery, though, I gained a lot of weight again, and was desperate to find something that would make me feel like an athlete. I’d heard of CrossFit, but didn’t try it until 2012. Fell in love with it, and haven’t changed my mind!
What brought you to True Spirit CrossFit & Yoga in the first place?
I’d been at another box, but it was sold, and I didn’t like the choices they made regarding coaching. I dropped out for a while, but was ecstatic when I learned that Leslie and James were going to open their own place. Leslie was one of the few coaches I’d trusted at the previous place, so there was no question about joining!
What was your first impression? Has that changed?
I felt like the first priority of my coaches was to make sure I was doing things right, and that I was enjoying the process! It hasn’t changed a bit, unless you consider that I now feel like I’ve got a bigger group of fellow CrossFitters supporting me!
What was the first thing fun or positive thing you experienced while training with us?
Do you really think I can remember that far back? ;-) I’m sure it happened within the first week of attending, though!
Are you working on any special CrossFit related skill now?
I’d like to get my pull-up and rope-climb back sooner rather than later. Don’t know if that double bodyweight DL will happen or not, but having passed the 200# mark, I feel like it’s possible. To me, a CF-related skill is enjoying the process of finding out what I can do. Some days, my victory is just getting in the door, some days it’s not psyching myself out and finding that I can do more than I thought. Right now, I’m dealing with some things that have thrown me off my stride, but I absolutely LOVE the fact that nobody gives me grief about sliding back a bit. They’re supportive no matter what!
How has you life changed since training with TSCF?
TSCF has been a big part of learning how to make my physical and mental health my first priorities. I’ve fought depression for years, and making that change has been the most important factor in managing it.
What's your favorite True Spirit CrossFit memory?
If I have to pick just one, it would probably be when I finally found the mental strength to just run the damn 400 meters without walking! It had been so long since I’d been really willing to push myself out of my comfort zone. I’d been afraid of setting off my asthma, or blowing up my hamstring again, or this, that, or the other thing. It felt so good to finally tell my fear to $@#*-off! I’m not always brave enough to do it, but I’m getting there!
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