Q: What brought you to CrossFit in the first place? 

A: I’m a member of the Praxeum Light Saber group and we practiced indoors at the gym for a while. Emma eventually joined and then brought me along for bring a friend week. 

Q: What was your first impression? How has that changed? 

A: I went into my first class lukewarm since previous experiences at the gym were stressful and not fruitful. I went in nervous and reserved, but that did not last long. I quickly noticed the atmosphere of community and became hooked to the laughter, support, and togetherness I saw. I left impatiently eager to return after joining up that day.

Q: What was your first “bright spot”? 

A: I would say it was when I went for a much higher box jump than I thought I had previously done and not only did that but went higher.

Q: What do you love most about CrossFit CTRL? What keeps you coming back each month? 

A: Maybe an odd one but was an intense workout last year with A LOT of burpees. Everyone was just pushing themselves to get through it while also taking moments to cheer others on every now and again. I got this vibe of “we’re in it together” and I hold onto that.

Q: Who inspires you? 

A: I would say everyone in my life inspires me in some way, but I primarily find inspiration from within myself and my views of the world.

Q: What is your current occupation? What are some hobbies, clubs, groups or activities you participate in?

A: I am a software engineer. My most important hobbies would be friends, reading, programming, and enjoying nature. I am currently part of the Praxeum Lightsaber School and am striving to join a softball team this year.

Q: What would you say to someone you love to encourage them to try CrossFit CTRL? 

A: That working out does not have to feel like “work” and that it is not something you have to do alone. There’s a community of people, like this one, that will cheer you on, help you, and encourage you to improve your health. I’d also say to try and focus on how you can improve rather than where you could be. It is easy to see others climbing ropes or doing pull ups and become discouraged because “you’ll never get there.” But when you focus on baby steps, you’ll quickly find yourself doing so many things you never thought you’d be able to do. And this is all while sharing laughter with the people around you.