Work Out

KIM NOLAN

By Vignesh Purushothaman

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It takes a lot to keep me motivated to exercise these days. I need goals and continuous reinforcement. My attention span is that of a preschooler. 60 seconds on a treadmill and I feel the need to do laundry, mow the lawn, or create my weekly grocery list. Don’t get me wrong, I used to be a “runner”…I trained for a marathon on a treadmill once – only because I lived in Alaska and the moose used to charge me when I ran outside. Plus I thought I needed to outrun my husband in any potential bear encounters. I thought I was in shape back then, I was wrong. I could run, but that’s about all I could do. I still needed someone to come to my aid and open my jar of spaghetti sauce. Even worse, my husband could still (and frequently would) outrun and out hike me, leaving me as what I used to term “live bait” for the wildlife like a bleeding goat tied to a tree.

Hello mid-life crisis. I found myself turning 40 years old, parenting, and working full-time and too busy for anything else except a fast food drive thru. I wasn’t my silly, happy self. Something was missing. Then my friend Reina told me I should come work out with her. Enter CrossFit. Why do I like CrossFit so much? Sure there’s a lot of physical reasons, the concept of being part of something new and exciting, all the friends you meet…but for me it’s more about the feelings that have surfaced than anything else.

CrossFit helps me find the inner courage to do things I wouldn’t normally do. I find myself signing up for adventure races, parasailing, mountain biking, descending mountains, jumping off cliffs into the ocean and skiing more difficult terrains. I feel empowered, confident, strong and full of energy. CrossFit makes me feel like a kid again. I find myself not only bringing my son to the playground, but swinging on the monkey bars with him.

I’ve learned to live my life more outside the box since starting CrossFit. I worry less about the little things. Who cares who left the lights on or the fridge open. It’s ok to eat cake and lick the frosting from the bowl. I throw my 5 year old in the bathtub with his clothes on. We have family food fights and don’t care about the mess. Most importantly, the thing I have learned so far that has impacted me the most is how to win my day…and that happens at CrossFit. As for my husband…he can still outrun me. However, at least now I give him a little more competition…if he wants me to cook him dinner that is.

Hours

Monday5:00AM - 7:30PM
Tuesday5:00AM - 7:30PM
Wednesday6:00AM - 7:30PM
Thursday5:00AM - 7:30PM
Friday5:00AM - 5:30PM
Saturday7:30AM - 10:30AM
Sunday3:30PM - 5:00PM

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