The People of CrossFit®: My Untold Story #2

July 11, 2018

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.)...

My name is Pamela, I'm a 49-year-old mother of 3, grandmother of 5. I enjoy hiking, cycling and most of all CrossFit. I live on a small farm and with chickens, goats, a German Shepherd dog, and 3 cats. I'm also a Type 1 Diabetic and this makes any type of exercising difficult but I'm hanging in there!

Which affiliate box are you training at? Which class time do you usually attend?

Mako Athletics: 5 a.m.

When did you start doing CrossFit?

It was 2013 when I began having serious complications from diabetes.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout?

My daughter began doing CrossFit at 17 and encouraged me to try it so I could live longer.

What were you doing before CrossFit and how were you introduced to CrossFit?

I cycled and hiked before. I went to CF on-ramp and loved it because (I didn't know at the time) short bursts of energy are easier for me, plus it was great to see such an improvement in a short period of time.

How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting?

I have to remember how important it is to pace myself during a WOD. It helps with my breathing, heart rate, and an overall performance. 

What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit?

I can run! It might seem like no big deal to some but I never learned to run or jump rope because I had been exercise-induced asthmatic since childhood! This is extraordinary for me. I can consistently run for 400 meters. I'm slow but it's happening since I can only come at 5 a.m., I must be disciplined to get there. And it just sets a great pace for my day. 

It has made a difference because now I can do many things I couldn't before even as a child and teen. Most people my age say, "I used to could do that." I say, "I now can do this."

 

What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?

This may sound silly but any type of Rocky movie tunes can inspire me. I'm a child of the 70s, teen of the 80s. When I need the inspiration to get moving, this music is inspiring.

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What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time?

Don't be afraid to do something different. If what you're doing isn't working for you, try a CrossFit box. I know, seeing the barbells may be scary and you may not be able to do it now but if you stick with it you will eventually get there.

Something you might not know about me:

I drive a Jeep Wrangler

What's your PR /pump up song?

Eye of the Tiger, Survivor

Thanks for reading my untold story, 

Pamela

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