Really fun, supportive people

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You are a busy professional, focused on career and family. And your fitness is suffering as a result. You may even have a mainstream gym membership, but you’re either not using it, or just not seeing the results you want. You want to live a larger life – to be strong, healthy, and have energy and stamina to be a weekend warrior and be a model for your family and community.

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On my 58th birthday, my brother who is a physician called to offer some unsought and hard-to-hear advice: “You’re going to start losing your balance like mom if you don’t start moving,” he said.  “It is not going to be pretty.”  In fact, I had already started to notice little changes, like my step being unsteady as I got out of bed in the morning. I remember sitting in my car, cell phone in hand, reflecting on what I considered to be the unappealing choices available to me: walk (boring); aerobics (I don’t think they do it anymore); yoga (ho hum).

In the meantime, my co-worker had been talking to me incessantly about something called Crossfit.  I hemmed and hawed on the phone with Joanna about my special circumstances, how busy I was, blah, blah, blah.  Thank goodness she was patient with me and finally, in November of 2010, I walked into my first On-Ramp class.  I recall seeing a young woman with a ponytail flipping herself up and at a high bar over and over again and thinking, “What the hell am I doing here?”

I could hardly run twice around the parking lot that first class, but my fellow “On-Rampers” cheered me to finish. That night I slept like a child, my body infused with the delicious fatigue I remembered feeling after playing outside on long summer evenings.

Maybe that sums it up in a nutshell: I come to Santa Rosa Strength and Conditioning to do things I didn’t think I could do, in the company of really fun, supportive people and afterwards, I feel great.  Nothing in the world beats the feeling of collapsing onto the floor after a particularly demanding WOD, heart pounding, delivered of worry and stress, and yielded up to the fullness of the effort.  Now, when I step out of bed in the morning, my foot is firm on the floor and I’m aware of my core and my body in space.

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