College water polo to CrossFit. How CrossFit helped me continue a healthy lifestyle.
I’ve been involved with sports pretty much my entire life. I started swimming when I was 7 and was competitive with that for 10 years. I got into water polo my sophomore year of high school and was able to get recruited to play with Arizona State University. It was at ASU where I was introduced to weight training. It was pretty traditional stuff: Russian deadlifts, back squats, lots of dumbbell stuff, 3 sets of 10 of everything. Pretty boring. I think the strength coaches didn’t really know what to do with us because water polo was a brand new sport to ASU. I was part of the first recruited class! I know now they have adopted a much different training regime and the head coach has helped create more of a CrossFit like training program.
After college, I moved to LA to pursue a degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I went from having a really structured workout program, to nothing. Any activity I did was something I had to put together. It was great for a few months to have a break from years of 20+ hours of training a week, but after awhile I started to feel kinda lost. Sure, I went to the gym and swam here and there but it was nothing like the level of intensity that I was used to putting in. I missed having someone tell me what to do so I didn’t have to think about it. I really missed my teammates, I missed the camaraderie, I missed the competition, the extra push you give just to beat that one person!
About a year after moving to LA, one of my friends invited me to a workout in the park. The gym she just joined was having a “bring a friend day” to introduce them to this thing called CrossFit. She knew that I played water polo in college and was pretty bored with what I was doing for exercise so she said “you have to come try this! It’s so much fun and the people are really nice!”. So I went, and she was right! It was a lot of fun, the people were really nice and I got a great workout. After that I joined CrossFit Los Angeles and the rest is history.
I am so thankful for my friend and that day for being introduced to something that has been a part of my life for the last 9 or so years. I love being part of this community, I love having the fun competition with people and I love having a place where its a regular thing to push yourself to the point of being a sweaty mess and rolling on the floor doing the “bacon sizzle” and gasping for air. I’ve learned a ton about living a holistically healthy life, not just from what I learned in school but what I’ve learned from people I’ve met through CrossFit, and through my own experience. I didn’t know that day in the park that I was about to try something that would have such a big impact on my life, but I’m so thankful I did!
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