ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: GINA


When did you start training at Max Limit CrossFit?

I joined Max Limit CrossFit two years ago as a founding member.  I was invited to visit and do a work out before it officially opened.  I loved the atmosphere and immediately wanted to join.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?

My husband joined a CrossFit gym and kept encouraging me to try it.  I refused to go because the barbell intimidated me.  When the gym offered a “lite” class that only programed body movements, I agreed to finally try it.  It took me almost a year to finally start doing regular classes with barbell movements.

What was your first workout and how did it go?

My first workout was several rounds of burpees, push ups, and ring rows.  Although I don’t remember the exact detail of the workout, I do remember that I have never felt as sore as I did the next day.

Favorite workout and/or skill

I love squatting and burpees.  I can see a lot of progress in my squat both in form and weight, so it makes it fun to do this movement.  I also love cardio, but I get bored running and using machines.  Burpees keep me interested and challenged.

What is your favorite memory so far at Max Limit?

When I started at Max Limit, I could overhead squat 25 pounds with poor form.  My lack of upper body strength, flexibility, and stability made this lift very challenging for me.  One of my favorite memories is the day I first could overhead squat 100 pounds.  It was truly a personal triumph for me because it made me acknowledge my progress.

What changes have you experienced in your life since starting CrossFit?

CrossFit has made me stronger both physically and mentally.  I have achieved physical results that I was unable to achieve at other gyms or at home.  I feel stronger and healthier and have more energy in my everyday life.  I have always been very goal-orientated, so CrossFit satisfies this need for me as I can set goals in the daily workouts and my overall progress.  Mentally, I feel more confident and capable and much less stressed.  I have also made many great friendships.  Working out with like-minded people who encourage and inspire me is incredibly rewarding.

Do you have any advice for people who are new to CrossFit?

CrossFit is supposed to be hard, and it takes time to learn the movements.  It is normal to be intimidated by the advanced athletes in the gym, but with time, they will inspire you to push yourself harder.  Also, as impossible as it sounds, it is true that the best way to get rid of the soreness is to work out.

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