Throughout my two years at Iron CrossFit, I have learned that I am an athlete. I’m not just exercising to lose weight or “tone;” I am training to reach my body’s full potential. Each day I show up and push myself physically, I am pushing myself mentally, too, and gaining confidence. The coaches’ intuitive encouragement help me to realize that I am capable of more if I try. I have become comfortable with being UNcomfortable and, as a result, I am more courageous. These attributes carry over into all the roles I fill – mother, wife, friend, crossfitter… woman. Iron CrossFit North Brunswick has helped me change my body image. Even though my weight has increased since I started training, my body fat percentage has dropped by at least 6%; in the last 3 months alone I lost 10 pounds of fat and gained 5 pounds of muscle. I am leaner, faster, and more powerful. Lifting heavy and focusing on proper nutrition (i.e. balancing macronutrients, not just low-fat or low-cal) has helped me put on muscle and burn fat simultaneously – something that is NOT easy but IS possible.
I have learned that I no longer “work out” to be “skinny;” I TRAIN to be STRONG, and I’m embracing the body that comes along with that. Being a woman with a larger build, it can sometimes be discouraging to see women around me with svelte figures, knowing that I work equally hard. I recognize now that’s THEIR hard work and THEIR genetics and this is MINE. It’s likely I will never achieve washboard abs or cut quads (thank you, cellulite and sagging skin), but I have these envious arms and I’m proud of my guns, their strength, and what they allow me to do. They are mine and I work hard for them, along with the rest of my muscles that allow me to move heavy weight and do it efficiently. Because of IronCrossfit, I am more active at 36 than I have been my entire life. I’ve grown so much stronger as an athlete and as a woman these past few years. I’m overjoyed to share it with the other amazing people around me who are also unleashing their potential at Iron CrossFit. #findyourfire