What was your athletic background prior to starting at CrossFit Charlottesville?
I played a lot of sports growing up (bball, vball, cross country, and softball). A year of college softball.
Why did you decide to join the gym?
I discovered CrossFit in college at Radford, so I decided after I started my job that I would get back into it. I missed the CrossFit environment.
What gains do you consider most significant in the gym?
Knowledge of the movements that ultimately lead me to making physical gains that I had never been able to do. For example: pull ups.
How has the gym helped you with things that are outside the gym?
It actually really helped me at work. As a nurse, we constantly have to pull patients up in bed or turning them side to side. We also work with some heavy equipment from time to time. It also really helped with moving – moving boxes was a lot easier.
What’s the most surprising thing you learned or achieved after joining our gym?
That I could actually complete a diet challenge and see actual results. The paleo challenge was my first challenge and though it was extremely challenging, I was able to get through it. I saw incredible results and felt amazing. On top of that, the support of the gym is something I didn’t expect. The people are so great, you can’t just find that anywhere.
What did you get out of the recent nutrition challenge?
A new mindset/lifestyle. I feel like I found what works and I felt great doing it. It really is a lifestyle, not some fad diet.
What are your fitness goals for the next year?
I want to be able to achieve the more difficult movements such as the muscle up. I also want to get a little more competitive. I do have a competitive side and I think getting into competitions will be fun. I will definitely be doing the open (which I should have done this past year).
What would you tell someone in your shoes who might be nervous about joining the gym?
Just do it. I live by Nike’s motto because it is so true. If you just do it, you might surprise yourself. If you do it and don’t like it, you can always try something else but I truly believe it’ll be worth the try.
Where are you moving and will we ever see you back in Charlottesville?
I am moving to Gilbert, Arizona. I will most certainly be back in Charlottesville and will be dropping in while I’m there.
Anything else you’d like to say?
CrossFit Charlottesville was life changing for me. I can’t thank you all enough for your time, knowledge, patience, and advice. It really made a big difference – not just physically for me, but mentally. I’ve been to a couple of gyms and the community at CF C-ville is truly one of a kind. I’m going to really miss you all.
See Ariel’s awesome Nutrition Challenge results and testimonial here!