The People of CrossFit®: My Untold Story #3

July 18, 2018

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

Hi! My name is Christine Barrow. I am 38 years old and live in Durbanville in Cape Town. And besides CrossFit®, I am an avid trail runner and love hard rock music.

My passion in life is health and fitness, and I am a certified fitness nutrition specialist, marathon and strength coach, and online diet consultant with Kelfit Lifestyle. I love obstacle course racing, outdoor activities and team events.

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

Norsub 5h30

When did you start doing CrossFit?

October 2017

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

I heard about it from friends a few years ago and my first workout was snatches - I almost never went back!

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

I was a competitive triathlete, 10km racer, swimmer and recreational long-distance runner before CrossFit® and also spend 2017 competing in fitness bikini competitions. I loved the strength training but wanted to participate in a sport that recognized my strength and ability instead of what I looked like. I looked up Barry Conradie and found Norsub! A few months later I was doing the scaled Open 18 and was hooked!

How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting?

I was very unfamiliar with the concept of the sport and was very unsure about the terminology so approached workouts in an unstructured way. I also had no benchmarks to work off and now I do, so I tend to push myself towards bettering these. I also try to RX most workouts and where I can't I scale my weaker areas or do half the workouts RX at least. This way I feel I am making progress, but being cautious. I also spread my workouts out with 2 rest days in the week, so I can recover in between the harder ones.

Nutrition is crucial in my opinion for improved and fuelled performance so I do always make sure I eat a clean diet filled with vegetables and lean proteins 90% of the time at least.

Favorite WOD or movement

Thrusters, deadlifts, box over, Karen

Least favorite WOD or movement

Pull-ups and double unders

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

It has been a holistic experience for me 150% - I feel stronger mentally and physically than ever before, I feel braver and fearless, as if I can do anything without failing, I believe in my ability to achieve my goals. It has given me a tremendous sense of freedom, one I never knew existed.

CrossFit® makes me feel safe and made me feel courageous enough to leave a toxic, abusive and very dysfunctional marriage after years of trying to escape. It also made me feel brave enough to not care what I weigh - this was a biggie for me because I suffered from an eating disorder for 20 years, and had a very fearful relationship with food. Those feelings have vanished!

Physically, I am more muscle, stronger and able to push through hard WODS. I am a lean, mean, fighting machine!

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

The fact that I will never master a movement or WOD inspires me - there is always, always room for improvement. My friends and my coach also inspire me to not give us when I feel like I want to. The camaraderie is mind-blowing!

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

Focus on your technique before trying to use heavier weights, be humble, eat enough, train consistently, ask questions and do your research. Never give up!!!

Something you might not know about me:

Introvert but will kill for peanut butter (crunchy)

What's your PR /pump up song?

Good Charlotte - "I just wanna live"


Thanks for reading my untold story,