It started out as your standard New Year’s resolution to get in shape. To be honest, I didn’t really expect it to stick, as most of those fizzle out quickly. I had tried various gym memberships and at-home videos, but to say I exercised sporadically would even be generous. I signed up for Hud’s beginner classes at the suggestion of a friend. I always thought I was in decent shape, but I quickly realized what I thought I could do was not translating into actual performance. For instance, I thought I could surely do a few pushups, but I actually couldn’t complete a single one. For perspective, I had zero knowledge about the movements used in CrossFit. I had never even held a barbell. I signed up anyway!
Being a member at Hud has allowed me to learn different exercises that I would have never attempted on my own — cleans, deadlifts, and snatches to name a few. The coaches are top-notch, and they place a huge emphasis on correct form to prevent injury. I love the variety in the workouts, and the fact that all the “thinking” is removed since the whole gym follows the same programming. I can just show up, work hard, and reap the benefits. Now I can actually do pushups, squat more than my bodyweight, deadlift over 200 pounds, and do pull-ups — something which I had long ago decided was unattainable.
I’m one year in now and am still stunned by the progress I have made. I feel stronger than ever and have come to consider CrossFit a part of my day (I go to classes 4-5 days per week). I am now looking forward to setting and meeting even more goals this year. It’s just icing on the cake that Hud is full of fun, awesome, and supportive people!