Heather’s
Story

For over 5 years, Heather has been absolutely crushing her CrossFit Game. Since joining CrossFit 405 2 years ago, her experience has been great. She said, “The workouts are always challenging, always room for improvement, but the coaches are great and have a genuine interest in helping everyone succeed.

Heather is one of our many friendly faces at CF405. Whether it’s cheering others on during a tough workout or helping out at our social events, you can bet you’ll enjoy hanging around her.

When she first started CrossFit, she felt lost. She didn’t know the movements, felt like a deer in headlights while the coaches were explaining the workout, but one cool thing about CrossFit is that there is always someone who’s been there, done that, and will help you until you’re comfortable with the movements.

After losing 30lbs and gaining a healthier relationship with food, she’s also celebrated getting her first pull-up and is now working on her muscle ups. When we asked what was the hardest part about CrossFit, she said, “For me, the hardest part has always been the mental aspect. Retraining your brain from the “I’ll never be able to do that” to a “holy crap, I just did that” mentality. Learning to appreciate the personal victories I achieve and how hard I worked to get that achievement. 

Why did you start CrossFit?

A friend invited me to a class and I was hooked!

Tell us about your experience as a member at CrossFit 405? What's it been like?

I’ve had a great experience at CrossFit 405 so far. The workouts are always challenging, and no matter what level you’re on there’s always something to be improved. The coaching staff is great and has a genuine interest in helping everyone succeed in the workouts and accomplish their goals. 

Take us back to when you first started CrossFit. Tell us what that was like in the beginning?

Let’s be honest, in the beginning I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know what any of the movements were and I felt like a deer in headlights when coaches would go over the workouts. One cool thing about CrossFit is that there is always someone who’s been in the same position and is more than willing to help you figure things out until you are comfortable and confident to do it on your own. 

What's different for you now? How have things changed for you since starting CrossFit?

Overall, I’m healthier than I’ve probably been at any other point in my life. I’ve learned that food is my friend, not my enemy and that you can have a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy some beers on the weekends.

Through CF, my mindset of what a woman “should” look like has changed. I’ve learned that my body is perfect the way it is. I’ve learned how mentally and physically tough I am, and learned to quit looking for a mirror to tell me I haven’t reached society’s goals of what the perfect woman looks like.

What specific goals have you accomplished since starting CrossFit?

I’d say my biggest accomplishment since starting CF is losing 30lbs and learning how to maintain a healthy diet and keep the weight off. Second biggest accomplishment would be my first pull-up. It took me over 2 years before I could get one. 

What was the hardest part or the biggest obstacle you faced along the way?

For me, the hardest part has always been the mental aspect. Retraining your brain from the “I’ll never be able to do that” to a “holy crap, I just did that” mentality.

Learning to appreciate the personal victories I achieve and how hard I worked to get that achievement. 

Has it been worth it? Why or why not?

HELL YES! Aside from living a healthier lifestyle and the confidence I’ve gained in myself, I have made some of the best friends at the gym. 

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