I started to realize that I needed to do something to fix this as soon as possible, because with each birthday it was going to be harder and harder to get control of. My whole life I had been active, and for the most part, pretty healthy. At one time or another, I had done the regular gym scene, aerobic classes, step classes, Zumba, various types of yoga, and so on. But at the stage I was at, I felt I needed something different. Something that would rock my world and keep me coming back. But what……….??
I am a believer in energies, karma, and the like. So in seeking an answer to my woes I believe it was more than coincidence when the solution just happened to fall into my lap. It was a group message to my book club girls from my crazy, fun, hilarious, kind, adventurous bestie, Angela. It was simply “Hey, anyone interested in trying CrossFit with me?” The others declined. I saw it as my “sign”. “Yes!” I answered back. “I don’t really know what CrossFit is, but sign me up!” And so began my CrossFit journey.
I’ll never forget the first time we walked into the Onside Performance Centre Gym. Holy. Shit. What. Did. I. Get. Myself. Into?! There they were. The CrossFitters. Lifting weights, throwing heavy balls at the wall. Swinging like professional gymnasts from bars. And they were all covered in sweat, and breathing heavy. All I could think was, “Look at them, they are all covered in sweat and breathing heavy! They look exhausted…and they are wearing some pretty healthy-looking bodies over there! I am going to fucking die!” I looked at sweet little Jenny sitting behind the desk and all that I could say in a croaky little voice was, “Intimidated”. Her answer may be what made me stick to giving it a try. She said simply, “Don’t be intimidated. Everyone here started new at some point. We were all in your shoes once.” She assured me that she too was scared when she started.
Jenny and her husband Nathan are the owners of Onside Performance Centre. And they rock at their jobs. They planted that tiny little grain of positivity and belief in us that gave two scared, goofy, not always coordinated moms the mental fortitude to take on this challenge. Angela had been working out at home, having actually checked out what was involved in CrossFit, and so she was more (I’m going to make up a word here) exerciserly-adept at CrossFit right from the get-go. Meaning I struggled. Wow, did I struggle.