Tricia has been a Sabertooth member for just over one year! Tricia has grown exponentially stronger in her abilities in the gym, but even more noticeable to us coaches is her growth mentally. She believes in herself and isn’t afraid to set challenging goals or go well outside her comfort zone in her effort to improve. We are lucky to have her around! We asked her to write about her first year of CrossFit. Here’s what she has to say:
A DIFFERENT SORT OF ANNIVERSARY
A year ago around this time, I pulled into the CrossFit Sabertooth parking lot for the free introduction class. I jumped from the car and headed in before I could change my mind. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pretty sure it would include professional-looking body builders doing incredible feats of strength, like one-armed pushups or muscle ups. Worse, I was positive they would see me as someone who didn’t belong in a CrossFit gym.
The intro class was a great introduction to the basic movements, like wall balls and air squats. But what surprised me the most, were the people who stopped their workouts to say “You can do it!” or “Great job–keep it up!” It was my first taste of the amazing Sabertooth community and a moment I will never forget.
The amount of weight I lifted never mattered if my form wasn’t right, something the coaches were happy to take time to correct. After a few months, I challenged myself to use heavier weights–I wanted to see what my body could do–and I haven’t looked back since. After the new year, I attended the gym’s goal setting workshop, signed up for the nutrition challenge, participated in the CrossFit Open, and the biggest surprise of them all–I signed up for my very first CrossFit competition.
There are still things I can’t do (I’m looking at you, pull ups!), but the list isn’t as long. Instead, my goals are new PRs I want to hit and personal times I want to beat. To meet those goals, I push myself on a regular basis, always working to be better than the month before.
So as I come up on my 1-year anniversary at CrossFit Sabertooth, I realize it’s not “a year since”, but rather, “a year of.” A year of inspiration. A year of new friendships. A year of pushing myself harder than before. A year of surprises, a few tears, and even more laughs. A year of reclaiming my confidence. A year of strength, determination, and motivation.
I can only imagine what the next year will bring!
Like many people who haven’t tried it out before, Tricia’s impression of CrossFit was that it’s only for people who are already have super human fitness. Nothing could be further from the truth! We have members with all different ages, abilities, athletic backgrounds, and goals. No matter where you’re at, this program can work for you! Click here to sign up for a Free Intro session.