April 9, 2011, four years ago, I stepped into a tiny gym to try out this crazy CrossFit thing that seemed to be taking up all of my girlfriend’s free time. I don’t remember the small details, what I remember more is the way I felt. I remember the workout was 5 Rounds. 8 Deadlifts, 5 Wall Climbs and a 400m Run. I remember feeling terrified. It was a small building and a very small class and I had no where to hide. I remember thinking that there was no way in hell I could push myself upside on a wall with my hands and even more embarrassed when I fell trying to practice during the warm-up. I remember doubting myself. Right before the workout started, I was asking myself why I was doing this and if there was a way to play it off to Gia that CrossFit and lifting weights was silly and I’ll stick to something I’m good at instead. Then, I remember the feeling I had at the end of the workout. I don’t think there is a word for it, it was kind of like a sense of relief, accomplishment, excitement, and satisfaction all warped into one, I had the tingles from my muscles relaxing and the adrenaline pumping my blood around, and at first I was uneasy and unbalanced, but once everything came back down to baseline I just felt better than when I first walked through the door, like magic!
That workout took me 25min and 16 seconds to complete, I scaled the deadlift weight to 125# and I scaled the wall walks to highest I could get my feet on the wall without smashing my face. I got a huge stomach cramp on the first run, my hamstrings were screaming and my shoulders didn’t know what they did to deserve this punishment. But I finished, I didn’t die, I didn’t get hurt, I caught my breath after a few minutes, my cramp went away and I got in my car to drive home feeling like I just did something good.
I went back to the gym the next day, then again the day after that and four years later my life is a lot different, but I’ll be at the gym tonight at 5:30pm ready to workout.
That day changed my life, I had absolutely no idea then, but I am where I am today because I finished that workout and I never gave up.
Randi Goodman | Co-Owner & Coach