“I don’t think I have ever felt so much a part of a community as I do at CrossFit Ambition. There’s just something about it.”
That perfect balance of competitiveness and support that you feel during a WOD is something you just can’t get anywhere else. I’ve learned a lot during my 4 year tenure at CFA. The best part about it? What I’ve learned in those 4 years can also be applied to everyday life.
The first thing I learned is confidence. Lifting weights is empowering in all kinds of ways. You learn you’re capable of so much more than you think. The sense of accomplishment you feel when you hit a PR or learn a new skill is unbelievable.
The second is dedication and patience. The coaches at CFA always remind me that it’s a journey not a destination. This journey of mine is filled with a constant desire to better myself both inside and outside of the gym. Even though I’m an instant gratification kind of girl, I learned that instant gratification never truly gratifies and that all good things take time and effort.
The third is humility. There’s nothing more humbling than failing over and over again, or watching other people fly through 20 butterfly pull-ups while I struggle at times to string together 5 kipping pull-ups. There is always strength and skills to be gained, and CrossFit has reminded me that I need to walk before I can run.
When I first started CrossFit, I doubted myself ALL the time. “I can’t do that” and “That’s too hard” were common thoughts in my head. However, over the past few years, I’m happy to say that I’ve proved myself wrong over and over again, and every time I did, I got a little bit stronger. Now when I come in and look at the WOD on the board I think… Yup, that’s gonna suck, but I can do it! The list of gains I have made since I started at CFA is too long to include, but if you were to ask me a couple years ago if I could back squat 185 lbs., deadlift 215 lbs., string 30 double-unders together, do toes to bar, hand-stand push-ups, kipping pull-ups or even run a mile without stopping or dying, I would have looked at you like you were from crazy town.
I’d like to end by saying CrossFit is really for anyone at any fitness level. It’s probably the most versatile and scaleable fitness program around. The movements are a perfect mix to keep us mobile, well-oiled, and ready for the years of quality life ahead of us.
CrossFit Ambition Athlete