|Q: How did you find out about Ballston CrossFit and what about it convinced you to join?
I heard about CrossFit from a friend and Ballston CrossFit member, Tiffany. What convinced me to try CrossFit was Tiffany’s enthusiasm for CrossFit training and the prospect that CrossFit programming would match my goals. Prior to CrossFit, I was very motivated to stay healthy, but I was only aware of how to perform cardio. I would put on my running shoes, step outside and go, that was easy. As I got older, injuries became a recurrent problem, and measuring success by my run time or VO2 max just wasn’t inspiring me. I was looking for guidance on cross training with resistance, gymnastic, and mobility work.
Q: What stopped you from coming in sooner?
Unfamiliarity with my options and resistance to change. I had never been to an instructed group fitness class, ever.
Q: When did you start at BCF and what were your goals going into it?
I started CrossFit summer 2022 at the age of 50. I did have one specific goal which was to perform a pullup. At that very first foundations class, I was very surprised that I could not perform a proper squat, I was unsure of jumping, and my flexibility was awful. I realized I needed to put in a LOT of work to master the basics, and I embraced the challenge. And I did get my first pullup within the year!
Q: What has helped you achieve success at BCF?
The coaches! The methodology of CrossFit programing that includes cardio, gymnastics, strength training, and plyometrics along with changing the workout daily is a winning strategy.
Q:What advice can you give to others that are new to CrossFit?
Being naïve to group training and functional fitness, CrossFit did not seem accessible to me. At Ballston CrossFit, I see people at different levels of their fitness journey, and I found an inclusive and supportive atmosphere. Also, as we are all trying to balance a busy life and fitness, I find CrossFit training to be very time efficient.
Q: Besides working out, what other lifestyle changes did you make outside of the gym to achieve your goals?
I have made some dietary changes, primarily focused on increasing protein intake.
Q: What benefits have you noticed since starting CrossFit both in or out of the gym?
A lot! I have much better flexibility and the routine, every day, functional movements such as bending, squatting, and climbing are much easier. And the best part is that the pain I experienced from running related overuse injuries is no longer present. Nothing hurts!
Q: What has been your favorite thing about Ballston CrossFit?
My personal journey has been even more rewarding and FUN because Ballston CrossFit is a special place, bringing together a coaching team and members who support each other, and I look forward to every single workout!