One of our members Sarah Daniels has this to say about her fitness experience at CrossFit Leicester…. What Leicester Crossfit means to me….. In October 2012 my best friend,Louisa Gee, sent me a message saying ‘I want you to start Crossfit with me’. I had no idea what this was, and even though I’d never really exercised before, I agreed. It’s only going to be like going to the gym right?
In November 2012 I attended my first on ramp session. As all is newbies introduced ourselves to each other it started to become clear to me just what crossfit was all about. I was a little embarrassed to be the only member who had never exercised before! But the course was good and learning all the techniques with a plastic pipe was fine. Then in the fourth session a mini wod got thrown in the mix, with real bars, a whole 12kg for me while everyone else was on 24kg, how did they do that? I was dying doing this and I’m sure I was breathing fire too, to be honest I wasn’t sure I wanted to return after that! But I completed the on ramp course and got my completion certificate, something I wasn’t sure I was going to receive!
A few days later I returned to the box for my first ever wod, DR MARIA. 21,15,9 front squats and box jump burpees. My bar was 14kg (RX 30kg) and I had my box at 12(RX 20) I eventually got through the first lot of squats, did 1 burpee and then stood staring at the box, frozen, scared to jump up. I started crying in frustration at not being able to jump and ran to the toilet where I cried a little more and had a harsh few words with myself. I returned to my box and slowly half jumped up onto it. I finally finished the WOD and decided that crossfit was not for me.
Louisa convinced me to go to the next wod being as I’d paid for it upfront and what did I have to lose? So I went back to the box and the wod was 5 rounds for time of 500m row and 7 thrusters. My bar was 15.5kg (RX 30kg) and I finished about 6 minutes after everyone else but the support and encouragement of the other members spurred me on.:) I felt like I was dying and I couldn’t breathe but I felt awesome at finishing my second wod, I couldn’t understand this strange feeling of enjoying exercise and at that moment I thought ‘yeah, I can do this’
After that I attended 2 WOD’s a week but by Christmas I was wanting more and in January 2013 I signed up for the 90 day challenge and I upped my membership from bronze to unlimited.:)
In WOD’s now I front squat 24kg and box jump 20 ( now I’ve conquered my fear, I’m still a little hesitant sometimes though) if you had told me that two months ago I would’ve laughed in your face!
I enjoy the weekly kettle bell class very much and try to do at least 4 WOD’s a week. I absolutely love coming to the box for a wod. I love everything about Leicester Crossfit, the community that Andy and Jennifer have built is amazing, I have never felt so welcomed and at home as I do when I’m there.
I am by no means fit yet but I am getting there and I just wanted to thank each and everyone of you for all your encouragement and support.
Thank you, love you all.:) xxx

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