I am the healthiest, strongest, fittest (not bulky) versIon of myself.
I am a 36-year-old working mother of 3 beautiful children ages 16 months to 6 years old. I can proudly say, without any hesitation, I am in the best shape of my life and I attribute it all to Iron Crossfit!
I began my journey at Iron 2 months after I had my 3rd child. I had my usual 25lbs of baby weight to lose and was eager to lose it quick (aren’t we all). In the past, I had always lost the baby weight within the year with mostly cardio -based programs and a healthy diet which I did enjoy and had much success. I had many friends who always encouraged me to add lifting to my exercise routine but always pushed back due to my fear of getting “bulky”. I was scared of adding too much muscle. I heard so many wonderful things about Crossfit, including how it transforms the body and just the overall positive atmosphere. I knew this was the exact motivational push I needed to get back into shape this time around.
So there I was, 2 months post-partum with 25lbs of baby weight walking into my first Foundations class with the owner of Iron Crossfit, Joe Fraser. Oh my goodness, it was so much tougher than I imagined and boy did I struggle! I struggled for many, many, many months with each and every movement there was. I started doing pull ups with the assistance of maybe 3 or 4 bands and I had so much difficulty with the strength work. As hard as it was, as much as I struggled, I did notice that each time I came I was able to do the movements a bit better, lift a bit heavier and overall, I felt stronger!
Fast forward to today. After 14 months at Iron, I am the healthiest, strongest, fittest (not bulky) version of myself. I can do strict pull ups without any assistance and I recently hit a personal best back squat at double my body weight (240 pounds!!). I am so thankful to my Iron family, including my coaches and the members who motivate me on a daily basis to push harder, do better, never give up and, most importantly, have a great time in the process!