Madeline sent us this Member Story on her 60th birthday a few weeks ago. Thank you, Madeline, for all of you your positive energy and hard work in the gym. You are inspiring to all of us!
After being diagnosed with sleep apnea due to having too much fat on my neck, I came to the realization that I needed a serious change in my training regimen. Always being a semi-power lifter with a hint of bodybuilding minus the cardio and never having any kind of diet had caught up to me.
I trained on my own for a year before going to the fire academy. I ran, lifted weights, stretched and threw a 24-foot ladder around. I trained but, lacking expertise, I didn’t train the right way and I wasn’t strong enough to beat the drill time limits at academy. ‘You have heart and know the drills, but you need to take a year off and gain 20 pounds of muscle then try again.’
Since beginning Crossfit at SRSC around 6 months ago, my life has changed drastically both in and out of the box. Family, friends, relationships, all in flux; Crossfit has been the constant. I learned to listen not only to the coaches, but also to my body.
At 51, I am grateful for the intensity and, especially, the efficacy of this workout. The members cheer each other on and take real pleasure in other’s accomplishments, at whatever level they are. For me, the gym has been an oasis of wellness amidst the impact of these economic times. With my busy work/family schedule, now I can be a weekend warrior with my favorite activities without getting injured and sore. Really, I can’t say enough about it.
I am a professional Figure Skater who has performed and competed for over three decades. My career has been highlighted by skating in the internationally acclaimed Snoopy on Ice shows. I have earned hundreds of medals but the most thrilling was my three gold medals and bronze won at Adult National Figure Skating Championships.
Shortly after joining CFSR I was granted the opportunity of trying out for the Santa Rosa Police Dept. SWAT Team. This had been a goal of mine since the first day I put on a Santa Rosa uniform and began working as a police officer.
Starting in childhood, I have eaten healthy foods and exercised several times a week. Throughout my twenties and early thirties I kept fit and looked healthy. The moment I turned 40, my body changed (rebelled) I noticed “love handles” and gaining a “muffin top.”
I came to CrossFit Santa Rosa in the fall of 2010 as a veteran marathon runner in full race condition. I thought I was a good athlete already, so Crossfit might help me a little around the edges but I was doing well on my own. My On-ramp was an exercise in humility.
At the urging of my wife (who had been a member several months prior to me signing up), I decided to enroll at CrossFit Santa Rosa. I was a bit reluctant as I had always-preferred going to the gym, putting in my headphones and doing the workout on my own. Even during my football playing days, I favored individual workouts.