October Athlete of the Month - Jordan Sharp
I’ve always been active. From sports in school to going to a “globo” gym. I was still going to the “globo” gym when a few friends starting talking about crossfit. At first, I wasn’t interested…didn’t seem much different than what I could do at the gym. At some point, I decided to try it and immediately loved it. I love the community aspect as well as the workouts. In all the years I had gone to the gym, I had never once really made friends there, just the simple smile and nod at each other…once at crossfit, I was cheering on friends (and strangers), talking about what weights to work with, how awesome (or miserable) a work out was, or going out for happy hours. In addition to the people, the other great thing is that you can modify each workout to what works for you and still feel accomplished and challenged. Each day there is something different and you are always trying to be better, faster, or stronger than the day before…or just trying to get a good workout in. For anyone that is looking to try something different or wants to add variety to what they are already doing (running, biking, etc), I would definitely recommend crossfit.
September Athlete of the Month - Matt Floyd
Like many former collegiate athletes, I struggled to find something to drive my competitive spirit again. For a year I ran a few 5Ks and did a triathlon, but it didn’t quite catch my full attention and drive. Then, after encouragement from my wife, I finally decided to check out this thing called Crossfit.
I was immediately hooked. I could not miss a day without going to the box and soon I began going twice a day. I love how Crossfit challenges you. It somehow finds a way to push you to your physical and mental limits in every WOD, leaving you with a fiery sense of accomplishment and a desire to get better. I also enjoy the mental aspect of the sport. It has taken some time, but learning how to approach a WOD or strategize for it has been so much fun for me.
DMC has been great in helping me maximize my potential and improvements. Every coach not only seeks to help you become the best you can be, but truly cares about you and your goals. DMC clearly exhibits the “Crossfit community” I had always heard of.
August Athlete of the Month - Amanda Eichmann
July Athlete of the Month - Cosmo Bloom
I did not want to try Crossfit. A friend told me about how fun it was, what great shape he was getting in, how fit he was becoming. I heard about clean and jerk, snatch, and thought I would hurt myself. It sounded extreme. So I said no. And he asked me again. No. And again. No! Luckily he was stubborn and kept asking. Finally I got sick of saying no and said yes. Well, what a fun workout! What a great mix of challenging movements!
I had done many sports and types of workouts in my advanced years and this was by far the most fun. What great sweaty, heart-pounding satisfaction! I was hooked. Four years later and I have gotten better. Four years older but I feel four years younger. Moving to South Tampa last year meant moving my Crossfit home to DMC. What a great move! The community is supportive and friendly, the programming is manageable yet challenging, and the coaches are knowledgeable and attentive. It’s an environment that inspires a lifelong journey of becoming your best self.
June Athlete of the Month - Beth Clutter
I’ve played team sports my whole life and when those days come to an end, it can be devastating. The thing I love about CrossFit is how I feel as though I’m training like an athlete again. It also challenges my mind and body and pushes me to do things I thought I never could do before. I started going to Dale Mabry CrossFit about two years ago shortly after I had my third child. I had been to about three other CrossFit gyms in the Tampa Bay Area prior to joining DMC, and those other gyms didn’t even compare to what DMC has to offer. The thing I love the most about DMC is their knowledge of health and fitness, and how they really care about their athletes and the community as a whole.
April Athlete of the Month-Suzanne Cohen
I fell in love with Crossfit from the moment I saw my first box. The scary-looking equipment, the sweat, and the comradery all had me from 3,2,1 go. I was an avid cyclist at the time and was looking for a change after we had our first baby. That baby is now about to turn 4-years-old, so I guess I have been doing crossfit for a while now. I took a hiatus when I became pregnant with our twins in 2015 and I missed it! After my three months postpartum recovery, I stepped into DMC to check it out. Gaining 50 pounds during the pregnancy and being minimally active for 9 months definitely took a toll on my fitness. After talking to Rob for a while and trying my first class with Sunny, I knew that DMC would be my new second home. When I started back up, I couldn’t even do a push-up. The coaches were very supportive and focused on safety. I’m proud to say that this is my first year doing the Crossfit Open and I am currently ranked in the top 20% for Rx Masters Women in the Southeast Region. I have done an actual competition and was able to hit a PR Clean and Jerk with good friends and coaches cheering for me. Crossfit, and fitness in general, is a journey and I am constantly changing and growing as an athlete. My current goals are the elusive muscle up and mastering double unders. I feel honored to be the Athlete of Month and will take my duties very seriously (I don’t have to actually do anything, right?) I can’t wait to tell my friends and family, who constantly love to joke about my box, thrusters, snatch, and jerks.
March Athlete of the Month-Lance Gaitan
I started crossfit in early 2014 after I moved back to Tampa from south Florida. In mid-2013 I finally started getting serious about fitness and did two rounds of P90X and changed my diet and I lost 30 lbs. But wanted something different (and was sick of listening to Tony Horton) and a friend suggested crossfit. I switched to DMC last fall after an ownership change at my previous box and love the fact that DMC is open all day so if I can’t make a class, I can still get my WOD in. No excuses! In the past, I tried various gyms and find I ended up wasting time because I didn’t know what to do when I got there. Crossfit has a great sense of community, I get to do a different workout every day and meet good people when there. The coaches at DMC are great, there is a diverse group of member athletes and I just enjoy going every day!
My favorite WOD is Cindy (pullups, pushups and airsquats) but I like most of the girl Wods because they are very challenging. I hate running because I’m slow and it’s boring but burpees and thrusters aren’t my favorites either. Some people think crossfit is intimidating because it seems like you are competing with the rest of the class but you’re really competing with yourself. I like seeing improvement in my times and weights and get frustrated when I don’t hit a new PR but hey, I’m 56 years old and am happy I can compete with guys younger than me. I did my first live competition last fall at the Lakeland Throwdown and I am looking forward to the upcoming Crossfit Open and hope to improve from last year. I’m sure I will because of the superb coaching staff at DMC!
February Athlete of the Month is Nadine Gray
I started at DMC crossfit in Feb 2016 after arriving from New Zealand on an accompanied military posting with my husband Chris. Being new to the US and Tampa, I decided that I wanted to spend my time here focused on health and fitness and meeting like-minded people. Crossfit appealed to me because it offers more than just a workout. I was so scared to show up to my first foundations class, worried that I wouldn’t be good enough or too weak. But I was soooo wrong!! The sense of community and support for members regardless of age and fitness level has been a real highlight. I had previously done spin classes and enjoy running, so lifting weights and learning Olympic lifting techniques has been both challenging and motivating to want to continually improveand learn more. I love doing something different every day at the box and appreciate all the support from the coaches and especially my favourite 9.30am ‘Crossfit Curves’ class where I have met some awesome ladies and made friends. Chris and I enjoy doing partner WODS on Saturday mornings together and motivating each other to be better, AKA natural spouse competition! I totally understand why Crossfit is so addictive now, and I encourage everyone to give it a try. I’m excited to be a part of DMC 2017 and becoming a better version of myself.
January Athlete of the Month- Billy Clendenin
I was very honored when I was told I was going to be the athlete of the month. I joined DMC in March of 2016, and like most, I walked into the gym nervous and unsure of what I was getting myself into. The first couple of weeks were tough not only physically but mentally as well, with some of the movements in the WODS I never thought were even possible for me to do. Not to mention the perpetual soreness I felt every time I moved the first few weeks. But thanks to the great coaches helping me with proper form and mechanics, and fellow members cheering one another on I’ve stuck with it.
In the last 9 months not only has my body’s physical appearance made a tremendous transformation but my agility and stamina have improved greatly. I try to make it to DMC 4-5 days a week, because I almost feel guilty when I miss a WOD. I also look forward to seeing the new friends I have made along the way. The comradery I’ve seen and experienced at DMC is amazing and is definitely one of the factors that pushes me to show up and push myself more everyday.
December's Athlete is Natasha
What CrossFit has done for me:
It’s put me in the best shape of my life. It has made me want to eat healthier and take better care of myself. I can’t help but to tell others about how happy it has made me so they can feel better as well. I saw a few people around me change their lifestyle with CrossFit and it really intrigued me. I was nervous to try it because like most people who don’t know much about the sport, I thought it would make me look bulky. I also just think that this was just something I told myself so I could be lazy for a little bit longer. I thought about signing up for a big box gym right before signing up for DMC but those gyms have always made me a little nervous to go to alone. I needed some type of guidance to plan a workout there. I enjoy the feeling of being part of a community. Anytime I drop into another box, I’m always welcomed. I love that DMC has the WOD posted daily and that they cater to your skill level. I also love the variety of movements. You can tell that the coaches love what they do and they’re always there to motivate you. They genuinely like to see the athletes progress, and I love, love, love that I feel like superwoman every time I finish a WOD!
The most amazing thing about Dale Mabry Crossfit is that the remarkable team of coaches can take the wide array of participants and find a way to motivate, inspire, and improve every one of them. There are teens who are just starting out in fitness, young guys who have always been strong and fit, women who never even considered themselves athletes, and old guys like me whose “glory days” are decades past. Each person has their own reason that drives them to Crossfit, and each is extraordinary in their own way. I’m honored to be selected from a great group of athletes and a great group of people as the Athlete of the Month.
When I was young, sports and athletics came easy to me. Growing up in a small town, I was always one of the fastest, the strongest… the guy picked first for whatever sport we were playing in gym class. I played football and wrestled in high school, and excelled based on natural ability. However, after two knee surgeries in the 80’s, I pretty much hung up the cleats until I started coaching my own kids in a variety of sports. While I tried to run or work out in the typical gym setting off and on, I let myself get badly out of shape, at one point reaching nearly 70 pounds more than my high school weight. It was my son who is now in college who first said, “Dad, I think you’ll like Crossfit. We should go.” We started at DMC the last week of June, and I’ve since become a fixture at the 4:30 class.
For me, it’s the competition aspect that drives me. Not to run faster or lift more weight than the guy next to me, but to push myself to do more than I did last week or last month. Based on my experiences with organized sports in the past, it’s a strange place for me to be the last guy done with a WOD (which now I often am), but the continued encouragement from the coaches and other class members is unlike any other gym setting that I have ever seen. The variety in the workouts not only takes away the boredom of the gym, but also ensures that while today’s WOD might be extra hard, there will be one later in the week that plays to my strengths. And in some sick, twisted way, it’s motivating to know that the people around me are struggling to fight through the WOD just like I am.
I’ve lost about 10 pounds in the three months that I’ve been at DMC, but the changes in strength, stamina, and body composition go beyond the numbers. I still have a long way to go and several goals in mind that I want to reach. DMC and the incredible family of coaches and athletes will help me get there, many of whom I draw inspiration from without them even realizing it. The DMC website states that their vision is to “Constantly improve the health, fitness, and happiness of our community in an environment that is fun, caring, safe, motivating and inclusive.” That’s exactly what they have done.
September it is AVI
Before I joined Dale Mabry CrossFit (DMC), I had a picture of a typical “Crossfitter” in my head. Someone in peak physical condition, obsessive about their diet, and brain washed into thinking that CrossFit was life.
I was always active as a child and teenager but then I woke up as an adult one day who was more comfortable sitting on the couch then hiking, swimming or doing any of the other things that I used to love occupying my time with. Fortunately, while looking for activities for my kids I stumbled on DMC. When I brought my daughter to try out the kid’s class one afternoon, something made me throw a gym bag in the car. When Rob saw me walk in he invited me to stay for the adult class. That first class was hard but everyone was friendly and encouraging.
Going to the gym was never really my thing. I would struggle with figuring out what exercises to do, whether I was doing things correctly, or get bored with the “machines.” The coaches and other members at DMC cured all those problems for me. They stress good form and teaching rather than loading up the bar. The workouts are different every day so there is no getting bored. Most importantly, the coaches and other members at DMC are great. Everyone is encouraging and caring. If someone misses a couple of classes, they are sure to get a text message, email, or phone call asking if everything is ok.
In the year since I joined DMC, I have seen my strength and stamina improve. All of the things you’d expect from consistently working out. I truly miss it on the rare days when I can’t make it to class, but for me CrossFit is a means to an end. Now I can keep up with my teenage kids all day and enjoy the outdoors like I did when I was kid without feeling beat after just a few minutes.
May Athlete of the Month
Congrats to Mayia! She is such a hard worker, always putting extra time in the gym and always willing to help our community. We appreciate you Mayia!
A few words from her:
I was scared. I joined. I came. I’m still scared. I still come and I’m having a great time.
I’ve known about the existence of CrossFit for many years, but never thought it was something I could really do. Rather than just think about it, I decided to try CrossFit and joined DMC in January. Since I started, I’ve been stronger, not just physically but mentally. At first, I thought I would only try a few workouts here and there, but quickly realized that regular CrossFit workouts at DMC have changed me. I’m never bored. I’m more confident in my outlook in life and my ability to handle day to day problems. Despite being something of a loner, I really enjoy having the camaraderie, encouragement and coaching I’ve experienced at DMC.
April’s Athlete of the month is Paul! He is someone that comes everyday at 4:30, riding his bike (unless weather is bad). He works hard, has a tremendous energy about him and is just a fun guy to have in class! Thank you Paul for finding Dale Mabry CrossFit!
A few words from Paul:
I always told myself that the one day I would make a commitment to fitness. I started saying that in my 20’s, 34 years ago. Last year in March of 2015 I started another one of my failed commitments to exercise by walking and jogging daily, but the routine was boring and I knew it was not going to last. In September 2015 I walked into Dale Mabry CrossFit (DMC) and met Rob. I told Rob I was a “runner” (white lie) and I wanted to supplement my running with a periodic workout. I knew nothing about CrossFit, and I thought I would do it a couple days a week. After taking the “fundamentals” class I quickly realized that I was an out of shape puss. However, what surprised me, and what I now realize to be the “difference maker” is that CrossFit was not about being routine. That was 6 months ago. I quit running and I now do DMC CrossFit 5 days a week. I have never belonged to a gym and I did not play high school sports, I do not consider myself an athlete. The “difference maker” for me is the excitement of the unknown. Each day the WOD brings a surprise to my day. Each day I look forward to seeing the coaches and the friends I have met that enjoy the same workout as I do, not to mention I feel great and feel fit.
February Athlete of the Month
I joined DMC 6 months ago and it has been a great experience. This was my first experience with a CrossFit box and it has exceeded expectations. I had messed around in my garage and backyard with main site workouts, but in the last 6 months my strength and conditioning have improved more than they had in years. I have to attribute that to the coaching and motivation that the coaches provide as well as the great competitive spirit in the gym. As a former soccer player I did not have much weightlifting/gymnastics training, Learning new movements and lifts with the help of the coaches has been one of the best things about CrossFit for me. I am looking forward to competing in the Open this month and to see what DMC has in store in the next 6 months.
January Athlete of the Month
November Athlete of the Month
Sean is DMC’s November Athlete of the Month. He always has a great attitude, a smile and ready to work. We are lucky to have him as a part of our community!
Here are a few words from Sean:
Getting athlete of the month is an honor. Until high school I was never really an athletic person. Sophomore year I joined my high school’s crew team (rowing) and I shed my weight like crazy. I then became a light weight rower, and was always on the thin side. That was until I was introduced to the wonderful world of Crossfit. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with it ever since. Starting, there were plenty of workouts I just couldn’t even finish and I quickly learned that Crossfit wasn’t something that you could go in and own. It owned you. What has kept me coming back for so long is that I’m always learning something new, always moving, and nothing can beat the comradery from the community.
I’ve been coming to DMC for about 2 months now, and this has been hands down the best box I’ve been to. There is a noticeable difference in my ability to do certain workouts then before, and have had plenty of PRs since joining. The coaches are very encouraging, and the music is great, the perfect equation for a good workout. DMC has an amazing community, facility, and the coaching is impeccable. I would definitely recommend coming and checking it out if you’re looking to get your butt kicked.
October Athlete of the Month
I moved to Tampa early January to start my new job. I didn’t know anyone here but i looked forward to the opportunities my new position would offer. Not having any friends here made me realize I had a lot of time on my hands, I wanted to lose weight for my 30th birthday and October was just around the corner. I always wanted to try Cross Fit and looked into a gym that I passed every single day on my route to work. Cross Fit has a history of being highly priced and this gym was not any different. I found DMC through a Groupon and I felt it was a sign, close to my apt and an affordable price I felt comfortable with “trying it out”
September Athlete of the Month
We want to introduce Dale Mabry CrossFit’s September Athlete of the Month. Christine has been with us since our doors open and she has made some enormous gains in her CrossFit Journey! She always walks in the door with a smile and a good attitude. Those who don’t know Christine, she works CRAY hours….she is an Executive Producer at WFLA and she does the early morning news! So, if you ever see her stumble in for an afternoon class, she just got out of bed to get a WOD in….her dedication is awesome and we are lucky to have her apart of our community!
DMC has to be one of my favorite places in Tampa. No matter what I feel like when I walk in the door, I always get a smile and a hive 5 from the coaches on the way out. It literally makes my day.
I am not an elite athlete by any stretch of the imagination. But it is important to all of the coaches that I reach my next goal – whatever it might be. It’s enough to motivate me to come back, again & again. I only wish I came more often.
Clay Davis-August Athlete of the Month
Clay, is our first Teen Athlete of the Month! Congrats
Honestly, I’ve never thought of myself as an athlete. I was surprised and honored that I was chosen as the Athlete of the Month, let alone to be the first teenager to receive the title. I haven’t really enjoyed sports besides CrossFit, and I’d like to thank my coaches, Rob, Sunny, Cat, Lauren, and Andrew, for making it a positive and educational experience for me.
I started playing sports in elementary school. I tried many different sports, ranging from soccer to flag football, but never found a sport I enjoyed. It was then that my parents signed me up for a kid’s CrossFit class. At the time I had no idea what CrossFit was and just assumed it was another physical activity that made you do boring and exhausting exercises. But boy, I was wrong. Every day we did something different and fun that seemed like games, not work. After a few years we moved to another state. Although there were no boxes there that had a kid’s program, my parents continued doing CrossFit, while I was satisfied with a new martial arts class I had taken up. In the summer of 2013, we moved to Tampa. It wasn’t until May 2015 when we heard of Dale Mabry CrossFit, a nearby box that offered teen classes.
When I started, I had little form, technique, and strength. Despite this, the coaches still worked with me and pushed me to become better and stronger. A great advantage of starting at a new box is the new equipment and, to the jealousy of my parents, air conditioning. I have come a long way since I started doing CrossFit, and I don’t think that I would have ever earned the title of athlete without the help and support of this gym.
July Athlete of the Month-TY
Wow. Athlete of the month, I’m seriously honored. First I would like to thank Coach Rob for introducing me to DMC Crossfit. I would also like to thank all the Coaches, Sunny, Andrew, Lauren and Cat, for working with me on everything. I wouldn’t have gotten where I am now without your guidance. I am glad you like having a goof ball like me in your Box.
My athletic history is pretty extensive and has been quite the journey. I grew up in Montana, and during high school I was involved with Cross-Country running and was on the golf team. I tried out soccer for a couple years, and then graduated and went to the University of Montana, where I earned by Bachelors in Music Degree for Clarinet Performance. During my undergraduate study, I was never involved in any sort of college sport. I was very involved in swimming and then decided to join a masters team for swimming. Along side that, I was very involved with rock climbing. I needed something to occupy my time rather than just studying and practicing for my degree. AKA, some reason for getting outside of one building all day.
After I graduated from the University of Montana I attended the University of Oklahoma where I earned my Masters in Music Degree for Clarinet performance. Here things kind of changed. I didn’t have a masters team to join for swimming, and their rock climbing facility wasn’t fantastic (at least on the college campus), so I didn’t know what to do to occupy my time. I went through a huge emotional and physical change. The degree was more intense and required more studying and practicing. To occupy my time and to get my mind out of the “studying” aspect, I just read a lot of literature and worked two jobs. Still not involved in crossfit yet. After I graduated from the Unviersity of Oklahoma, I moved to Florida in July 2014, where I was supposed to attend the University of South Florida for my PhD and becoming a clarinet professor at a University. That didn’t fall through (that’s a longer story than my journey with crossfit).
One of the dreams that I have had, being a skinny lanky guy, was to become bigger and thicker. Never happened. I would workout at the gyms at the colleges I went to, and didn’t really see results. One week I devoted the majority of my time to “gym going” just to see what would happen, and wasn’t until then that I could see some results. “I can’t keep doing this,” I thought to myself. “I’m not making my life about looking good and going to the gym. I mean for what purpose?” I have always had an issue with body image. No matter what I have done, and it wasn’t until crossfit that I have actually felt more comfortable with my body.
Turns out, crossfit has been all around me. During my undergrad study, there was a guy that I lived next to that did crossfit religiously, and looked amazing. Then, during my graduate degree I became friends with this guy on the OU Cheer Squad, that I met through one of my jobs, and he did crossfit. Great guy. But I never really gave crossfit a chance. The more I thought about it, the more I thought, I didn’t have the time to add another “activity” to my life. After a few months of finding a job I actually enjoy, I began work at Kahwa Coffee, on Henderson Blvd, right across the street from DMC Crossfit. Coach Rob, always would come in quite a bit promoting DMC Crossfit. I talked to him a few times, and decided to try it out.
I fell in love with it after the first WOD. This was my new “activity” that I have been looking for. I see results, I feel great, and I want to give it the time and commitment. I’m not looking to be the next “best crossfitter” or anything, but with whatever activity that I involve myself with, I want to better myself at it. I have grown so much as an athlete through the coaching at DMC Crossfit. I feel much better about myself, and I feel more confident in myself.
f I were to give advice to anyone about either DMC, or crossfit in general, is “listen to your body.” That may be the lame-est advice to some people, but it’s true. Don’t ever feel like that you “have” to Rx every workout, or you “have” to use the weight prescribed, or you “have” to be at a certain benchmark. Everyone starts at different marks and that is perfectly wonderful. If you need a rest and you can’t push yourself any further, REST. If you don’t feel totally 100% the next day after a certain workout, TAKE IT EASY. If you want to improve on a movement, or anything, come in early or stay later and work a few minutes on something. You can only improve with the amount of work that you put into it. Make a specific goal for yourself every month, and work to achieve it. Ask the coaches questions, get advice from them, let them watch you do movements and see what you can improve on. If you put that little bit of extra time in, I promise you, you will see results and become stronger.
June Athlete of the Month
We wanted to nominate Elena for our June athlete of the month. She is preggers and still bringing it! We are very lucky to have her apart of our gym and always brings a great attitude. Here are some of Elena’s thoughts:
Athlete of the month? I’ve never really thought of myself as an athlete. I’ve always considered myself ‘active’. I began playing soccer in middle school, along with tennis, volleyball and some cross country skiing, but I was never really great at any particular sport. I just kept active, and enjoyed being outside, and that was enough. It was enough until I moved from Washington DC, to a tiny town in Tennessee to marry my husband, Alex. Fast forward two years, and there I was: A new wife, an even newer mother with a deployed husband. In a tiny town. In Tennessee. With no sidewalks to safely get some exercise with my daughter.
So, in March of 2013, I started this crazy thing called CrossFit that had me intimidated and intrigued at the same time. That summer, I PR’ed my 5k while pushing my daughter in a stroller and I could lift more than 60lbs over my head. I was discovering new muscles, and was hooked. I had some great coaches and my worst injuries were torn blisters during a partner WOD.
I had to take some time off from Crossfit due to work, but I was able to keep active again through running and at home workouts until we moved to Tampa in March.
I heard that Dale Mabry Crossfit had recently opened and wanted to give them a try, but I was hesitant as I didn’t want to join a box that sacrificed form for weight and speed. We’ve all seen those Crossfit Fail videos and I was determined to not be in one of those. I may look ridiculous during a WOD, but I refuse to let my form look ridiculous. (At 6 months pregnant, my snatch form and my clean form are starting to look a bit ridiculous, but that’s my husbands fault, not the coaches. Sunny, I promise I’ll do the juice cleanse next year to make sure the belly is gone!)
I signed up as a member of Dale Mabry on the very same day that I dropped in. The coaches – Rob, Sunny, Andrew and Lauren – are fantastic. I’ve been impressed by their abilities as well as their ability to teach the movements to those who have done CrossFit, and those who haven’t. The WODs are created to be infinitely scalable and focus on form comes first, which means that the WOD will always be tough and you will always walk out of the box with a smile instead of an injury, knowing that you will be back for more. Speaking of being back for more, the children’s program is great, my daughter loves her ‘WODs’ with Coach Lauren and always looks forward to going to Crossfit.
The community that has developed at Dale Mabry is incredible. The Hero WODs last weekend brought everyone together, and the monthly socials give you a chance to connect with the people that you WOD with. Even in the short time that I have been a member, Dale Mabry has grown in size and character. Rob, Sunny, Andrew and Lauren are doing incredible things as coaches, and I am thrilled to be part of Dale Mabry Crossfit.
May Athlete of the Month
April Athlete of the Month!
You know what they say about Karma…it’s a @#tch! For years now, I have been making fun of my dearest friend for her out-of-control passion of CrossFit. Now, all those jokes and jabs are coming back to me ten-fold!
About four months ago, I gave into her requests for me to come to her box and try it out. Wouldn’t you know it I liked it. The problem was that I lived down south and there was no way I was committing to driving to Lutz to workout. Enter another life-long friend with an invitation to come try out a new box she was a part of, DMC CrossFit.
Very reluctantly and with every excuse already premeditated in my head I entered my second CrossFit class. It was awesome and the WOD was within my fitness abilities…challenging but something I could handle. My fear of deadlifts and heavy weights, box jumps and rope climbing lived to see another day. I came back the next day. Again, another great workout! I found myself wanting more. (I should have mentioned earlier that this was a brand new box and the first two weeks of WODs had us working around deliveries and installation of new equipment.) So, I’m back the next day and they were installing what I learned (I’m quickly learning all the CrossFit acronyms) is to be called the “Rig.” The rig is a giant row of bars used for pull-ups and medicine balls throws…exercises I was adamant about not doing. I was growing more fearful about this new equipment but I was still intrigued…I’m back again the next day. Day after day I was introduced to new exercises, new pieces of equipment, new acronyms and what I was beginning to realize a new found competition with myself. I started to desire to try new things, to challenge myself. I could do these things!
The staff at DMC, Rob, Sunny, Lauren and Andrew, were all super patient with me and dubbed me the “soccer mom” of the box. I didn’t take offense to this, I thought it was great because they recognized that I was fearful and reluctant but I was also strong and determined. So we progressed. Andrew spotted me on my muscle up progression, Rob coached me through my first ever true deadlift…140 lbs. What!! Together, Sunny and Rob literally held my hand as I made my first ever box jump. (I’m pretty sure I closed my eyes!!) And my dear friend Lauren helped me get my handstand in preparation for my handstand push-up. All this was possible because they safely pushed me beyond my limits. They challenged me and didn’t fall for my premeditated excuses and fears. We did it together!
So getting back to Karma, it’s all coming back at me but I love it! My dear friend promised I’d be amazed at how strong I would get and it was happening. She promised I would want to go each day and that I’d be sad to miss a WOD. True. She assured me that I would love my coaches and make new friends and that I would want to go out for a beer after a Friday night WOD and I will say that I very much am looking forward to our first DMC happy hour in a few weeks. And now I get her jokes, I want the silly shirts and I’m proud to say I CrossFit! Thanks to DMC and their amazing staff, I’m happier than ever with my fitness plan and can’t wait for my next WOD! Karma got me and I guess you can say I drank the Kool-Aid! Thanks DMC for pushing me beyond my limits and for providing a safe, clean and friendly place to make it happen.