Written by Sarah Palmer (CFHE Member: July 2015 onwards)
I started training at CrossFit Hawk Eye in June 2015. Prior to this my exercise background had been based around dance (my passion), and in a concerted effort to ‘lose weight’ I had tried everything from yoga to boxercise to step aerobics, all with few results. I’d start off ok, challenged, full of energy but after the initial surge of enthusiasm had worn off I got tired of the lack of interaction with the trainers and never felt that I was being pushed. Back then, I measured success in pounds lost and sweat, but some days I didn’t even get out of breath. Then, I found CrossFit and loved it!
I remember walking into Hawkeye that first day with my best friend Tracie, and being so nervous, looking around at the equipment and thinking that I couldn’t do this, dancers didn’t lift weights! I thought I would be the worst in the class, lagging behind and with exercise induced asthma I was certainly going to struggle with everything that was thrown at me, but it wasn’t like that. After a chat with the coaches, and a hug from Katy, I soon found out that everything could be scaled to suit the individual and that you work at your own pace so that everyone can achieve. For the first time, I felt positive when I exercised, I stopped thinking about weight loss and started thinking about weight gain – how much I could put on the bar! I also found out; I could run! I still have lots to learn on the lifting front but the running and rowing came more naturally and I started to love it. As the weeks passed by I got faster and fitter and my asthma was completely controlled for the first time in years. I had made so many new friends and was enjoying the social side of CrossFit Hawk Eye just as much as the training and then, I got pregnant…