What brought you to Mountain Strength CrossFit?
I have been dealing with chronic back problems since an injury 6 years ago, and could no longer run or play any sports, which was all very depressing and making me start to feel really old. I tried every treatment available without much success, and finally realized it was up to me to make myself better. I started working with a PT who is a big CrossFitter, and she sold me on giving it a try - saying "you need to re-learn how to move, and get stronger.... and machines just aren't going to do it." I thought it was a crazy idea, that it would be way too intense for me, but we started working on some basic exercises and movements, and thought it was worth a shot. I checked out a few places and MCSF looked pretty cool, so I took the intro class and was hooked! 16 months later and still going.
What is your favorite exercise or movement?
I like the intense WODS that mix things up - a little lifting, little running, some push/pull-ups, etc - and leave you just hanging on at the end.
What is a skill or movement that you are working on to improve?
All of the Olympic lifts - cleans, hang cleans, power cleans, snatches, etc. I have learned just how important proper technique is when lifting, and it really translates to my everyday life. The coaches are very focused on technique, and breaking each lift down into specific components so it will all become automatic, which is critical for me. When I get lazy or sloppy, I pay for it. I actually think I'm starting to get it.
What changes have you seen in yourself since you started at Mountain Strength CrossFit?
I am definitely getting stronger not just physically, but mentally as well. I used to wander around the gym, doing a few sets here and there, thinking ok - that's good for today, I'm outta here. I realize I was just so bored with it all. Now, I am surprised how much more I push myself. It's interesting how much better I feel overall - more energy, less stress, more confidence. It really is due to intense exercise...all those neurotransmitters pumping. I also like the friendly and competitive atmosphere, something I was definitely missing. And - I was actually able to play tennis this past summer...and golf again. This year I am hoping to try something really crazy, like surfing.
What is your favorite memory of Mountain Strength CrossFit?
It might seem relatively minor, but the first night I ran 800m. It felt so good to be running again, and not having any pain! Especially after years of not being able to even run across the street. That was a huge break-through moment for me, and I knew I was in the right place. I also have some great memories of doing Glen last October. That was one of the most physically demanding things I have ever done, but the sense of participation and success was great. It was a really awesome event, too. Lots of positive energy and support - that's really the best thing about MCSF!