Written by Tammy Brooks, of Rockwall, TX
CrossFit Rockwall is the BEST gym ever! I truly believe this and tell anyone who will listen. CrossFit has given me a feeling of empowerment, success, happiness, personal growth, and support. It is not just a workout but an AMAZING group of coaches: Mary, Mike, Mark, Dominique, Darren and Michelle.
I have been an athlete my whole life: volleyball, gymnastics, softball... I have a competitive spirit! Prior to CrossFit, I worked with a personal trainer, attended boot camp twice a week, ran, and did lots of cardio. I felt good about my fitness level, but I was looking for something more. My workouts had become boring and uninspired. For over a year, I passed the CrossFit gym everyday on my way home without much thought. I decided to check it out, attended a free workout, and loved every minute of it!
At first, I was very hesitant that CrossFit could be my "main workout". I couldn't get my head around how CrossFit could replace my more cardio workouts and keep me fit. I was DEAD wrong. I started attending class 2 days a week. This quickly moved to 3 days, 4 days.... I was hooked. CrossFit taught me that as fit as I thought I was, I was weak strength-wise. Sure, I could do a push up, but not CrossFit style, nor a pull up without a band, or even a ring dip. In the last 2 years I have seen more changes in my body than in 10 years. At 45, I am physically stronger than in my 20's, and my boys think I am pretty cool! I just completed "Fran" for the first time at the RX level and didn't die. It's this type of personal success that keeps me coming back. I look forward to the next WOD and how much I can test myself.
Sure, CrossFit takes hard work and commitment, but you are not alone in this endeavor. That's what I love about our "box"! When I feel like giving up, someone is there to encourage me. When I see someone struggling, I can be a good example to them. We all suffer joyfully through the workouts together. I am humbled by the other CrossFitters and the coaches in our gym and look up to everyone and what they are trying to accomplish, no matter what their fitness level is. I was so honored to be named the "Masters Athlete of the year". Anything is possible!
The athletes of CrossFit Rockwall are AMAZING! They are like family to me. One will not find a better group of quality people who want everyone to succeed!