When one of my friends asked me to go to Great Lakes CrossFit with her in late October, I had no expectations. Exercise has always been a big part of my life. I figured that I was in pretty good shape so how could another exercise program make a difference in my life. I was wrong. Turns out CrossFit was exactly the difference I needed.
I started slowly going to a class or two whenever I had the time. I noticed that the days I made it to Great Lakes CrossFit I had more energy and I felt stronger. I decided to enroll in the Executive Fitness Starter Program which is a 3 day a week program for 6 weeks. The program is designed for those who want to get back into shape. For me the program helped me get in better shape.
I have Cystic Fibrosis which is a genetic lung disease. I do several hours of treatments everyday to help fight lung infections and maintain lung function. One of my most important therapies is exercise. Out of all the exercise I have done over the last 10 years CrossFit is the one program that has actually improved my lung function. I can only imagine what it would do for someone with healthy lungs.
During my 6th week of the executive program. I repeated a “Workout of the Day” (WOD) from the first week. I added 18 repetitions to my overall total. I am amazed at how different I feel in such a short amount of time. CrossFit has taught me that I am capable of more than I thought. I am so much stronger. My muscles are more developed but I don’t look like a body builder. My clothes fit better, I have more endurance… I am inspired.