God gives each creature unique talents and abilities.
Among the many gifts He has given me, athletic ability is not found.
I am not an athlete. I have no talent whatsoever in the physical sphere, and my body, for whatever reason, is not well-designed for impressive achievement or notable success in any sport known to humankind.
Nevertheless, I can “fit in” – somehow – at CrossFit Franklin. This is due, in large part, to the CrossFit philosophy of scalability and universal application of the program to all human beings willing to exert their effort in the box. But it is more specifically due to the camaraderie and spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood extended to all who enter here.
I came to CrossFit as the result of the intervention of a college friend of mine, who lives across the country and started CrossFit about six months before he mentioned it to me. He told me it changed his life for the better, and he was in better shape than he was in when we were in college (and back then, he was pretty fit). That got my attention, given we are 45 years old. We used to go to the gym together, and he recalled I worked out then with a goal-oriented intensity that evoked a sense for him that I could apply that energy to fitness in a CrossFit setting successfully. Back then, I was a single woman who wanted to look good physically, and I had plenty of time on my hands, and that motivated me to the gym. These days, it is more a matter of me being a wife and mother who needs to combat obesity and the adverse effects of a sedentary lifestyle. I owe it to myself, as well as to those I love and who love and depend upon me.
Living the life of a wife and mother of four young children working full time in a high-stress job that has nothing remotely to do with physical exertion, my initial reaction was that I had no time for CrossFit and that it was incompatible with my lifestyle. Not only that, I got sticker shock when I saw the price tag attached to a membership!
Coincidentally, contemporaneous with my friend trying to sell me on this CrossFit idea, I got one of those Double Take email deals to try CrossFit Franklin for a month for a ridiculously low price. I figured, why not try it put? So, I signed up myself as well as my husband (over his objection and without his consent), and we are now hooked. Him even more than me, ironically. And we find it is worth every penny. Taking control and responsibility for your fitness and developing the readiness to confront what the world throws your way is worth the investment of your earnings.
I am a very competitive person by nature. I hate to lose and I love to win. Like anyone, I gravitate toward that which I am good at. And I avoid that which I am not good at. I am not “good” at CrossFit. I pretty much always have the lowest AMRAP or the highest time. That is humbling. Yet it is good for me. It puts my other successes in other areas of my life in proper perspective. It teaches me to not avoid things that are difficult that are better confronted. For my own good. I create my own little goals and milestones, and I improve in my own way on my own timetable. I feel welcome at CrossFit Franklin and I feel like I belong. I am accepted despite my shortcomings. And my participation offers my children a good example. CrossFit is my time for myself. To concentrate only on me, my abilities (or, more appropriately, my lack thereof), my health, and my progress. It connects me with like-minded people who are accepting of all and generous with their encouragement. My struggles toward improved fitness make me no different from any other CrossFitter. It is just a matter of where each individual falls on the spectrum. I look forward to each adventure in the box. And I am grateful to be included.