Read about Night Crawler, Sarah Baker and her journey at CrossFit DelVal, her goals and her favorite memory so far!
Q: Why did you join CrossFit Delaware Valley?
A: There were a few factors that brought me to CFDV. After years of working at a sedentary desk job and a family history of diabetes, I knew I needed to make a serious lifestyle change to improve my current health and hopefully avoid issues down the road. I wanted an environment that would support a transition to a healthier version of myself in the long-term. I have a strong yoga background, but I didn't feel like returning to yoga alone would yield the results I was looking for. I began talking to some friends about their experience with CrossFit and after learning a little more about what CrossFit was, I scheduled a consult at CFDV. Rob was fantastic about talking through my concerns (mainly that it had been a long time since I had worked out consistently and that I never touched a barbell before). When I learned about how the CrossFit program can be scaled to meet virtually any fitness level, I felt like I was ready to take the next step and sign up!
Q:What's been your biggest accomplishment?
A: Committing to showing up to class regularly and putting the work in even when I know it's going to be a really challenging set of movements for me. A lot of the time when I think that I won't be able to complete that many reps/rounds in the WOD before class starts, I end up surprising myself at how much I actually was able to accomplish in the given class time.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am not strong when it comes to the cardio components, so I'm working on gaining more stamina. I'm also working on being patient with myself and letting my skills grow and my body transform at a natural pace. But I get most excited when I get the opportunity to work on weight lifting, I had no idea how much fun lifting was before starting CrossFit!
Q: What's your favorite CrossFit Delaware Valley memory?
A: When I found my max back squat! I had an idea of what I thought I might be able to do. I was completely blown away when I did twice as much, the feeling was unbelievable.
Q:What motivates you to continue training at CrossFit Delaware Valley?
A: The people! ALL of the coaches I've worked with have been wonderfully supportive in getting me up to speed with the new movements. They're a wealth of knowledge so I learn a lot each time I show up, they help push me to new limits and work to keep me moving in a healthy and safe way during the workouts. Plus, all the members at the gym have all been so welcoming, a lot of folks went out their way to introduce themselves in the first few weeks I started taking classes and everyone is SO encouraging during and after the workouts. I never experienced that in a gym before!