Carmen: Deadlifting Depression And Dancing to Booty Music
Nearly two years ago, Carmen stepped into CrossFit Strongsville and instantly filled the room with life, laughter and excitement. She didn’t have any experience in CrossFit and was just giving it a shot. As time went on, she not only developed stronger fitness skills, but her self esteem clearly strengthened, as well, and her love for the community grew with that, too. I’ve often learned that the most boisterous of personalities can hide the greatest of hurts. Carmen shares her story below and I am so very proud of everything she’s overcome in her life and everything she’s accomplished within our four walls.
“Originally I began doing crossfit because I was looking to have a consistent workout regimen, as suggested to me by my doctor. Throughout my life I have struggled with depression and anxiety that, at times, would cripple my ability to complete day to day activities. When I started I truly was at a low point and was struggling with trying out different medications, feeling as if I had been defeated. After starting to do crossfit it quickly grew to taking a priority in my life. It gave me the accountability and consistency that I needed. For at least an hour a day, all the things that plague me disappear. All I needed to think about was how the in the world I was ever going to finish the impossible WOD. But the most amazing thing was I did! I was able to finish. And that has been the greatest gift. For a person that felt defeated and a slave to depression and anxiety, I felt empowered. Everyday I did the impossible! This made me addicted and want to do more and be better. The feeling of defeating brutal wods has truly transformed me. To some it may be a daily workout to improve physical fitness, but to me it has been truly a life saver. I have become a stronger and more confident person. Every day I am reminded that I can do the impossible. I continue to do crossfit because it helps with my health not only physically, but mentally. I’ve fell in love with improving, mastering new skills, and being competitive. Crossfit has become more to me than I ever expected.