Jodi Collins: Taking back my health, fitness and confidence.
I first entered the doors of CrossFit Insight on January 25, 2016. There was a number of events that brought me to needing a positive change in my life. Before starting CrossFit I felt out of shape, mentally weak, and self conscious. CrossFit has helped me develop all of this so I now view my overall health in a positive aspect. I checked CrossFit insight out on the internet several times but I was too intimidated to try it on my own. It wasn't until I overheard my friend Leyna talking about going that I decided to join her. From that moment, little did I know, my life would improve ten fold from that day.
My first impression of CrossFit was that the coaches were welcoming, helpful, and motivating. Everyone introduced themselves - it was a very welcoming atmosphere. During my first WOD I honestly remember thinking that I was going to die(but I didn't!) It was hard work but something within me and about CrossFit left me wanting to go back. It hasn't changed, it's become better. I have made new friends and continue to meet inspiring and encouraging people. The coaches continue to motivate and encourage you to push yourself beyond your comfort level. Plus, I have seen amazing physical results over the last year and a half, which is a bonus!!
With exercising regularly, watching my macros and clean eating, I now understand my body better and this has brought me to losing 25lbs and 17inches. I have become stronger both physically and mentally. My flexibility and endurance have also improved. I now know what I am able to accomplish when I believe in myself- thanks to the support from CrossFit Insight.
There is so much that I am still working on. Physical and mental strength, flexibility, my overall health and, personal confidence. I go into each WOD with the thought of improving something. As they says Insight #betterthanyesterday. My favorite memory was the 17.4 open - (55)deadlift 155lbs.. I psyched myself up all day. 155lb was my one rep max... but if I could just get through 5 or 10... I would be OK... I finished the 55, I couldn't stop, and I didn't want to stop! With the encouragement and support of the CrossFit Insight family, I did it!!! Thank you!!
Thanks for the opportunity and the journey! Jodes
Lee-ann Dungate: A 40 min PR
I was talked into trying CrossFit by my friend Brenda. We did a trial together. It was six months later when I decided to join up for OnRamp. I was interested in cross training to help improve my running and biking. At First, I didn’t think CrossFit will make much of a difference. I thought I was pretty fit. Until I had to do the push up, air squat, sit up, (pull up I think) for time. I suddenly realized how weak I was, in my upper body and overall strength.
My impression of CrossFit has changed dramatically. I realize the benefit and importance of strength training, with regards to athletics and aging. I injured my knee and lower back 3 years ago, from running (not listening to my body, running through injury, and lack of proper off season training) I was unable to participate in activity for about 3 months. Once I felt somewhat better, I found that, I could slowly start working at building overall strength, by a committed regular regime of attending crossfit classes. I scaled weights and movements for a long time, until I started feeling stronger. My personality is move fast and strive to be competitive, so I have to work hard at making sure I am not forsaking proper form for speed.
It’s been over the 3.5 years. I have met some great people, and look forward to meeting many more. The idea of other members cheering me on during class workouts, and being very supportive is encouraging. The coaching is basically one on one and I have learned so much. I appreciate the coaches supportive push to keep up the good work, and at the same time the corrective feedback if my form starts to suffer. Another bright spot is completing my first RX WOD, my first pull up, it took me 2.5 years (still working at it though, a long way to go) and stringing together Double Unders.
I have come to realize change takes patience, and comes slow. You almost don't realize you are becoming stronger. Stronger overall, not just isolated. Lower, upper, core and endurance. It seems as if day to day you are taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back, but accumulated overtime, you do become stronger. Every year (except when I was injured) I run a 25km trail race (called Pick your Poison). Tough run with many big climbs. Last year my time was 3:46:07. This year it was 3:06:15. A 40 minute difference, and I felt pretty good at the end. I am really seeing the benefit of CrossFit.
My goal this year for CrossFit, is to continue to work on my weaknesses. Being able to lift a little more weight during WODS (but keeping form) as well as becoming proficient at wall balls (blue ball). I would also like to be able to complete a chest to bar, and link toe to bars and pull ups. Most important is maintain fitness and continue improving on strength, as it helps to stay injury free. I may try to participate in a competition down the road.
Coming to the gym day after day and being able to work out with familiar faces as well as meet new members is refreshing. (No matter what time of the day I come) I like that everyday is different in terms of the workout. It's like a new challenge everyday. I enjoy the element of competition if I choose to push myself that day.
Take fitness to new level's
I first tried out CrossFit during a work term in London back in 2014 (at CrossFit London) as a way to train for my upcoming university rugby season, and absolutely loved it. When I moved to Barrie after graduating, I knew I wanted to get back into something that would keep me fit AND satisfy my competitive nature. Most importantly, I was looking for the community aspect after transitioning from playing team sports my whole life. The athlete in me needed to be training for something and, fortunately, the constantly varied nature of CrossFit gives you lots of options for things to suck at, and to want to work on!
It's always intimidating trying out a new gym, but I was drawn in by CrossFit Insight's great community. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming to the classes and made it a very comfortable intro process. The first few workouts gave me a bit of a reality check as to where I was fitness-wise but the coaches did an awesome job helping me scale appropriately to meet the desired intensity and helped me work my way back quickly.
Two years later, I have made many good friends and that 5:30 class is something I really look forward to in my daily routine. The workouts are still hard, of course, but I'm able to push myself to much greater limits and take on the challenge of using heavier weights and more advanced movements. A big bright spot for me was FINALLY hitting double unders consistently. I struggled through many workouts whipping myself, time capping and just being super frustrated, so it was awesome to be able to hit some big sets in the middle of a wod and see that the hard work paid off!
I have definitely noticed improvements in all aspects of my fitness. I've gotten stronger in all of my lifts, and my endurance has come a long way. I have gotten a lot better at pacing, I rarely crash and burn at the start of workouts anymore and have the mental strength to hold on when it starts to hurt. Progress really started ramping up, though, since I began focusing on dialing in my nutrition the past few months. My body composition has improved and I've found an extra gear during workouts.
I spent a lot of time working on my running this summer (shout-out to my running buddy, Deb), shaving minutes off my best 5km time while training for and completing my first 10km race. Right now I'm focusing on improving my gymnastics movements... the Open is coming up!
My favourite wod would probably be Karen (150 wall-balls for time). I'm pretty good at wall-balls and I love playing around with different strategies to see if I can embrace the pain cave and beat my previous time. Other than that, give me some cleans or a rower and I'm happy! My least favorite movement would have to be Burpees. Gross
Some highlights from the past two years have been doing a couple of competitions with Team Insight Millisecond Cobra and throwing down at Friday Night Lights during the CrossFit Open, but what I look forward to the most is exercising quickly in our daily workouts and high-fiving when we're done!
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