I have known about CrossFit for about 6 years now, but it always scared me. I know, who is scared of a workout…ME!  I felt more comfortable going for a run, going to a Zumba class, or popping in a DVD in my basement. The idea of lifting heavy weights in front of people who had been doing it for longer than me was really intimidating. After exhausting all of the time I could running or following a DVD, I decided I was in a rut and I needed something new. I was thinking of my next step when my husband suggested CrossFit…It had been a while since I had thought about it, but I was ready to try it before ruling it out as an option.

As I was driving to my first class I started to rethink my decision. Was I really going to CrossFit? How would I fit in with the people that have been doing it for years? What if I couldn’t lift the lightest thing there? Would I be too slow to keep up with everyone else?

Needless to say, once I got to Hardshells, my anxiety was super high. During the class, I pushed myself harder than I have in a long time. Angel, the coach, helped me understand the workout and broke down the lifts to help me make sure I was using the proper form. The rest of the people in the class were so welcoming, helpful, and patient in showing me where to go and what to get. They were obviously so much stronger and faster than I was, but they pushed me and cheered me on.

After the first class, I was hooked. I remember calling my husband and telling him how much I loved the workout. For the next week (and every day since) I have not been able to stop telling people how much I love CrossFit and how amazing the coaches and athletes are at Hardshells!