It is a quiet, cool early morning. The kind of peaceful morning you see in movies. You know the kind where the leaves on the trees are perfectly still, the air crisp. During the night, the clean cool air has come through the open window and cooled off the bedroom just enough, in fact the just right temperature to make you curl up in your blankets to sleep and dream of world peace, butterflies and unicorns. But then, you hear a sound breaking through the silence. What is it? Music? Could it be… Bob Segar… rolling down some lonesome highway. Slowly your eyes crack open, you squint to read the blurry red numbers on the digital radio. Rubbing the sleep from your eyes, you try to roll out of the warm cocoon of blankets you’ve rapped yourself in for the last few hours. As you move, it feels as though the blankets are getting tighter. It’s as if they don’t want you to leave them to fight the cold without you. But you must… you struggle, pull and push yourself out of bed. And then… it begins.
This is Kaylee’s and Greg’s Crossfit story. Our story might not be as typical as some, but yet it is probably something everybody can relate to. As you read above, sometimes it is difficult to get out of bed in the morning, but absolutely worth it. Our names are Kaylee and Greg, we are a father and daughter and this is our story.
Kaylee is a senior in high school and plays on the volleyball team. Starting in the fourth grade, Kaylee has loved to play volleyball. This last summer, she was looking for something different to push herself and help her game. As it turned out, Crossfit was just what she was looking for. Her first WOD was not easy, but at the end Kaylee had a huge sense of accomplishment and a desire to improve. Ever sense her first WOD, Kaylee has been working hard, getting stronger and pushing herself to improve.
My story, to be honest, was driven by the fit of my pants. Over the years, like so many of us, they kept getting tighter and tighter. I had two choices, buy bigger pants or lose the weight. Well I have to tell you, I love pizza, beer and football, so buying bigger pants didn’t sound too bad; but I knew that just wasn’t going to work. I had to do something. It was just that I didn’t know what to do. A friend told me about a new Crossfit gym that just opened in Eagle and I thought I might like it. My friend was right.
When I first started Crossfit of course it was challenging and I had a lot to learn. But Tony and Trina took the time to make sure I was doing the lifts and movements correctly. This helped me to gain the confidence and the strength to do the lifts properly. Now it feels great to walk into the gym, look at the WOD and think, “yeah, I can do that”. The WODs are never easy because I push myself to do better. Some of my favorites are the team WODs. It’s great to work out with a partner to push each other. During the regular WODs, we encourage each other to keep working and finish. I have never experienced comradely and built friendships like this at any other gym.
Crossfit has been good for both of us. It has taken time and a lot of effort, but both of us feel better and stronger than we ever have before.