Krista’s
Story

Krista is one of our favorite members at CrossFit 405. She started through one of our 6-week bootcamps and decided to jump into our full CrossFit programming and group classes. She started because she wanted to get into shape and to begin feeling better about herself.

When she started, she said the bootcamp was challenging because she had not done much exercise in over 7 years. She said she felt like a fish out of water, somewhat because of her age. She kept questioning if this was for her. But she stuck with it and persevered. She said that our head coach, Isaac, kept encouraging her and made her feel comfortable.

When we asked her what she enjoyed the most, she said, “I appreciate the fact that each instructor coaches and helps me to improve on form and technique. Sometimes, it may take me a bit to get things down to the proper movement, but I appreciate the opportunity to do it right, instead of just getting it done in the time allowed.” She also said, “I always say it is the hardest work and most fun I have had in a long time. It doesn’t feel like I joined a gym, but rather that I became a part of a pretty diverse community.”

We love having you as a part of our community at CrossFit 405, Krista. Keep up the good work!

Why did you start CrossFit?

I started CrossFit right after I graduated college because I was the heaviest and unhappiest I had ever been. I knew something had to change but I didn’t know where to start. At then time, my then boyfriend (now husband) was coaching at another gym in town and my parents had been going to CrossFit 405 for several months. CrossFit felt like the best fit for my life since my family was also involved in it.

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

It’s hard to put my experience as a member at CrossFit 405 into words because it’s so impactful; it’s completely changed my entire life. Our coaches and our community are the best around. When you’re having an off day, there’s always someone around with a smile on their face encouraging you to keep going. You are surrounded by people who are rooting for your success.

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

Starting CrossFit was honestly the hardest part. It was hard to check my ego and start from my own personal “rock bottom” because I felt embarrassed for being out of shape and overweight. But once I got to my first On-Ramp class, I was surprised at how quickly I forgot about all that. The coaches and the members were all so friendly and welcoming, I felt accepted into the community despite my own insecurities. Plus, it’s hard to focus on feeling embarrassed when you’re trying to remember to breathe through burpees 🙂

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

Everything in my life has changed for the better since starting CrossFit. I’m leaner and stronger than I was 3 and a half years ago and there are several movements I can do now that I couldn’t do in the beginning. Ultimately though, I think the most important changes are the changes in the way I feel. Don’t get me wrong, the physical changes are impactful too, but nothing can compare to the confidence I gained from doing CrossFit. I used to be shy, quiet, and anxious. Now I don’t hesitate to join in on a conversation or speak my mind; constant self-doubt is a thing of the past.

What specific goals have you accomplished since starting CrossFit?

I’ve lost over 40 pounds since I started CrossFit, which was my main goal in the beginning. I also learned what a healthy diet should actually look like and transformed my eating habits. I enjoy eating vegetables now! That’s exciting for me to say because I used to only enjoy vegetables if they were smothered in cheese. I feel heathlier, stronger, and more confident than I ever have in my entire life.

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

The biggest obstacle I faced along the way was my own ego. I remember feeling self-conscious in the beginning when the rest of the class was loading up weights on their barbells and I was reaching for the trainer bar because the barbell itself was too heavy for me. Then I realized literally no one else cared besides me. The rest of the class was just happy I was there. Once I came to that realization, I got out of my own way and starting progressing much faster.

Has it been worth it? Why or why not?

Absolutely! I started CrossFit at a defining moment in my life, right after graduating college as I was beginning my career and entering the business world. It helped me develop into the person I am today.

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