The person I was walking into Tallahassee three short years ago, and the person I am walking out are two completely different people thanks to CrossFit Tallahassee.
About two years before joining CrossFit for the very first time, I was a lost and unhappy eighteen year-old Psychology major; and after years of struggling with obesity, I now weighed 226 pounds. After a tragic bullying incident, I decided to make a lifestyle change and sacrifice my first two years of college, the time when young adults are finally somewhat independent and have to make their own decisions of what to eat or when to go out, and chose to eat healthy and run daily. I was able to overcome the temptations of dietary supplements, clubbing, and peer pressure; and successfully lose over eighty pounds entirely on my own.
After gaining confidence along the way, I found that my true calling was law enforcement just like my father’s; but there was one problem. Although running and eating healthy allowed me to look and feel better, I was in no way fit. I was not in shape to pass any physical exams, let alone police academy. Most importantly, I was putting my life at risk by entering this very physically demanding field without being in the shape to do it. So I decided to do something I never thought I’d do and join CrossFit.
I joined because it would get me fit, it was different, and I would have trained guidance along the way (since I had no idea what the heck I was doing). I chose CrossFit Tallahassee over several other boxes because of the multiple locations, the hospitality, and the countless bonuses included in the membership (yoga, nutrition seminar, chiropractor, etc.). Little did I know that I would be making one of the greatest decisions of my entire life.
Upon walking into the foundations class, I was terrified; but I knew that I had made the right decision because I was unbelievably sore and I had learned more about fitness in a few hours than I’d known in my entire life. Within months, I was hooked! I went from a girl who wouldn’t work out once a year to a girl who was working out six days a week, Monday through Saturday. I took full advantage of all of the pluses, which I highly recommend that all members do because I learned so much in each and every one of them. I made so many friends and found myself driving to all of the different locations at all different times just to work out with them.
CrossFit Tallahassee encouraged me to do things that were unimaginable a few years ago. I ran a 5k, judged a CrossFit competition in my hometown, and competed in the CrossFit Games Open and even won a CF Tally trophy! Although all CrossFit boxes have weights, wallballs, and barbells; no other gym has the incredible trainers that CFTally has. The trainers here took any doubt I had away within one wod. They customize each workout according to your fitness level and genuinely want you to be the best you can be. I will never forget the afternoon that Jon, head coach of CrossFit Justified, stayed an extra hour after class to help me get a movement that I was struggling so much with. They truly put their athletes on a pedestal and have so much respect for everyone who takes time out of their lives to walk into that gym and better themselves. If you have a problem, they are not only there to help, but are extremely happy to do it. The CFTally community has countless fun events and fundraising opportunities that make you feel welcome, meet friends, and let loose and have some fun with the people you work so hard with every single day.
After a little less than a year of being a member, I was not only able to graduate police academy as the youngest in my class and one of two women, but I was selected as Class President. I have Tallahassee CrossFit to thank for this newfound confidence that I never thought I could have. After graduating, the hardest thing I had to do was to say goodbye to this second home of mine and to all of the people who forever changed my life. I learned that the greatest gift I can give back is to encourage another to do what I did and join CrossFit Tallahassee to truly become the best version of yourself like I did.
If you are hesitant because of your fitness level, look at me! I didn’t work out a day in my life and now I cannot stop! If you are hesitant because of your budget, as a student, I understand the struggle. I can’t speak for other boxes, but CrossFit Tallahassee has great student rates, discounts, and multiple other options that will work for you.
Lastly, if you are hesitant because you don’t think you can, the word “can’t” is not allowed in CrossFit Tallahassee (literally, you will get a burpee penalty), so you’ll quickly learn that you can do anything you set your mind to, just like I did. Best of luck on the beginning of this exciting journey!