I knew I needed a change in with my lifestyle. Being a mom of a 3 year old, I knew if I didn't get back to being fit and eating healthy, that this would teach my kid unhealthy behaviours.
I have been to a CrossFit Box for a short duration before, so I knew going back to CrossFit would be the right choice for me instead of a traditional gym as I like working as a team and the competitive spirit!
Being new to this area, I researched CrossFit gym's that were close proximity to my home; CrossFit Closer had the best ratings, so I called and met Michaela, had a tour and immediately I knew I wanted to join!
CFC has changed my everyday life in a myriad of ways! I've only been a member for almost 2 month's and I lost over 10 lbs, I can pick-up my little guy without grunting, I am making a cognizant effort with my nutrition (I have actually started my Nutrition Diploma) and my hamstring injury is actually feeling better!!
I have been sharing my achievements with my family and friends with great hope they will join the CrossFit community (with the obvious emphasis with joining CrossFit Closer :) ) as it has made such a positive difference in my life thus far!
I tell them Crossfit Closer Coaches not only make people stronger for everyday life situations, but they can also help people grow!
CrossFit Closer is a place where everyone is welcome; whether you are a seasoned veteran, newbie, big, small, it doesn't matter as there is no judgement, only positive encouragement/guidance and a ton of sweat!
What brought you to the CrossFit Closer family in the first place?
My shoes. I bought these shoes because they were on sale and everyone kept asking if I did CrossFit. I didn’t wanna feel like a phony so I signed up.
What's your proudest moment so far?
Doing 3 HSPU in a row. I haven’t been able to do it again but it’s okay because I got it on video and it’s on Facebook and that's all that matters.
What's your funniest CrossFit Closer story or experience?
Hearing coach Steve say "take a hard close look at Diana's snatch"
1. What brought you to CrossFit Closer?
I have always been a runner and a once in a while gym goer and I was looking for something different to compliment my running and give me more balance and strength. To be honest, I really didn't know very much about it when I joined!
2. How has CrossFit Closer changed your everyday life?
In so many ways. Not only do I feel stronger than I have ever felt, but I have more motivation to keep improving and pushing myself at higher level of intensity than I thought I had! My husband joined shortly after I did, and now we have something to talk about over dinner besides the kids. :) My 11 year old son also joined to get in shape for hockey, and not only has his fitness improved but he has a new found confidence that he carries into everything he does.
3. How would you describe CrossFit Closer to someone interested in joining?
At first it may feel like you have entered a strange place, full of curious rituals (you want me to sit in a circle? what, is this kindergarten?) and a language you can't understand (emom, amprap, wod), but then you start to see all of the wonderful people who greet you by name and encourage you to do things you thought only other people could do. CrossFit Closer is like a family, complete with kids and pets!
3. What has been your proudest moment or favourite experience at CrossFit Closer so far?
There are some PR which have a better flavour than the other ones. Muscle-ups are one of them. I am capable to do pulls-ups or even C2B but on this particular day, the WOD called for 15 bar muscle-ups or, scaling, 30 C2B.
30 C2B…!? Gosh! I was so lazy that day that my mind forced my body to do “only” 15 muscle ups rather than 30 C2B. And I did it. That was the first time that I did a BMU and the first time that I did 15 of them.
4. What would you say to someone thinking about starting at CrossFit Closer?
Don’t regret it, have a try. Family mind and coaching excellence will trap you as much as we all have been trapped. If you think you’re not fit enough, trust yourself, there are so many scaling methods to progress that you can start as Jabba the Hutt and finish as the Hulk.
What brought you to CrossFit Closer?
I was playing hockey in October of 2013 when I experienced a protruded disc in my lower vertebrae. It put a lot of pressure on the nerve that runs down my leg to my foot, causing lots of pain. I stopped hockey for a while as I recuperated, and fell out of shape. In the summer of 2015, some friends and I decided a weight-loss bet would be a good way to motivate ourselves to get back into shape.
My brother had been going to CFC for a while, so I took the bet as my opportunity to give it a try.
I felt that CrossFit would at least eliminate the randomness of hockey, so ought to be less likely to re-injure my back.
I didn't win the weight-loss bet, but that wasn't really my goal; I just needed a little push to get into shape. But I'm the only one of the group that didn't immediately return to the old habits, and eventually, weight.
How has CrossFit Closer changed your everyday life?
I spend a lot of time listening to strength and conditioning podcasts, which certainly never happened before. I also pay a lot more attention to posture and movement patterns. I've never been one to go to a traditional gym, and still am not. But crossfit has become a pretty big part of my life now. I also think a lot more about my nutrition. It's certainly not perfect, but feel much more in tune with how the food I eat affects my body.
How would you describe CrossFit Closer to someone interested in joining?
It's a supportive atmosphere, with people of all abilities. The quality of coaching is absolutely top-notch. You can tell that the members feel this way because you can see them referring their friends, spouses, kids, and co-workers.