I honestly did not know what CrossFit was. I just wanted to try something new to get into shape. I couldn’t run any more–due to pain in my knee–and the $20 monthly gym memberships were not getting me any results. I needed something completely different than I had done in the past.
I had a couple of friends on FB that were doing CrossFit and when I reached out to one, she had nothing but good and positive things to say (she lives in another state) But, since I had been a competitive distance runner in college, I wasn’t afraid of an intense workout or sore muscles.
When I started I could barely lift the women’s bar. Now I can do 70 lb push presses fairly easily.
Started getting double unders!
Ran a mile without stopping–the shooting knee pain is gone!
I did want to tone up my old lady flabby triceps–that is almost gone!–been told by people they have noticed a change in how I look. Even been told I have “very nice legs”. (is that an achievement? lol!)
So that shooting knee pain that started about 10 years ago, I was told by a doctor and PT, was from an over developed muscle on the outside of my thigh, putting my knee cap off and damaging the cartilage. They gave me some exercises to do, to try and strengthen the inner muscle, which I kinda did at home. The pain would get a little better and then get worse again. This kept me from exercising like I had in my 20’s and early 30’s and I kept watching my weight go up and athletic abilities go down. Since following the programming at Crossfit I35 which uses weightlifting, and the mobility exercises in that book “Ready to Run”, the stabbing knee pain is gone. I attribute this training to finally correcting that muscle imbalance. I feel great and am very pleased with the results I have obtained!
Even though I came into this pretty sedentary and out of shape the coaches are very helpful and have shown me ways to modify movements, such as pull ups. The WOD’s can look pretty intimidating, but now I know how to scale the workouts and can modify just about everything.
What also helps me most is working out as a group. I see other people pushing through a workout and it helps me keep going too.
Hope this is helpful!