So, my Crossfit908 testimonial might be slightly different than some of the others because I am not like a super-health-nut kind of girl…and, I was never big into the gym (even though deep down I always wanted to be), so I may be a little less focused on meeting strength goals than the others. The truth is, Crossfit908 has become more than just a place to work out for me. I have developed some invaluable relationships with people that I expect to have in my life forever. So, although I probably should be telling you about how great the workouts are (and I will a little bit), I think the social and mental benefits you get from Crossfit are just as important to talk about.

In terms of my physical condition prior to starting Crossfit, I went to a gym pretty regularly because I felt like it was “the right thing to do”, but I only jogged/walked on the treadmill, lifted some really light weights (when I could motivate myself to) and did a class here and there to spice things up. I rarely left the gym feeling like I accomplished anything special. So, Crossfit908 has really transformed my outlook on how I want to work out and how important being active is to me pretty dramatically.

Learning about Crossfit for me occurred as a collision of recommendations from friends at around the same time. My one friend in the Army was really pushing me to try it out, but the fact that he is this hardcore dude in the Army made me think it was something way out of my league (physically and mentally). Meanwhile, another friend mentioned to me that his friend’s fiancé (Tim Carroll) had just opened this Crossfit gym in Berkeley Heights (which is near my house), and that I should at least check it out to see what it was all about. So, I timidly showed up at Crossfit908 on the day it opened in October 2009, not knowing what I was getting myself into. But, right away, I was greeted by Tim’s super-friendly fiancé and a bunch of other really nice people, who told me not to worry and that everyone is at different ability-levels, so I shouldn’t stress out about what other people were doing. All of a sudden I forgot about the fact that I was about to try this scary workout, and was just enjoying hanging out with this group of really nice people.

Before the workout started, Tim made me feel comfortable with my level of ability (or lack of ability), and he made sure everyone would be able do the workout at their level. About 20 minutes later – the workout was over, and I was drenched in sweat, but I felt really good! It was a lot of fun having a group of people doing the same workout, and having people pushing me along when I got tired. The workout kicked my butt – but in a good way! It was that “good kind of tired” when you know you got a great workout in. And, I was reminded for 3 solid days how great it was because I was still really sore! (Side note: it definitely gets easier or more tolerable soreness-wise as you get stronger). The reality is, I had worked out harder in those 20 minutes than I had in probably 5 years. Luckily, I still feel sore every week because that’s how I know I’m always getting stronger and improving.

So, I have officially been doing Crossfit for about a year now, and I am truly amazed by how strong I have become in such a short period of time. I think all of the members at Crossfit908 would say the same thing. Even a month into training there you can see clear results, which I think makes it really motivating to continue doing. I haven’t lost a lot of weight, but my weight has definitely shifted to muscle because I have gone down 2 pants sizes already!

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