Diane: From Doubting to Devoted
Diane, aka “Baby Hands,” is a force to be reckoned with in the gym. As a consistent and driven presence in the 5:30AM class, she has transformed herself and those around her for nearly a year and a half. We’ve been so proud to witness her accomplishments and even see how much she worked through setbacks. She provided her experience before and now with CrossFit Strongsville, so I’ll shut up and let her do the talking:
I’ve been going to conventional (and not-so conventional) gyms for years. You name it, I’ve tried it. I used to take personal training from this guy who does Strongman competitions and was super only about power lifting. He used to bash CrossFit on the daily, and by default, I learned to bash it too. So, when my boyfriend Mike suggested that we try it out, I was skeptical.
That first WOD was rough, and I sucked at it. I remember thinking prior to the WOD that I thought I’d do well at it because I’d already been lifting for awhile, but that experience truly humbled me. I went in the next day, with a more open mind and an eagerness to learn more. That was the start of it. The day I got hooked.
Fast forward almost a year later, and I’m practically obsessed. What is it about CrossFit that makes us hungry for more? I think it’s the fact that it trains you to be prepared for everything. It’s not just chest day or leg day or back day, cause everyday is chest day/leg day/back day. The change you can make to yourself, both inside and out, is incredible. Everyday at the box is a new possibility. A possibility to get a new PR, to do a movement you previously couldn’t do, to better your time on something, to be better than yesterday. The great thing is you can take what you’ve learned at the box and apply it to your own life – like how you should never give up on yourself and how to get better at rolling with the punches.
What makes CrossFit Strongsville the place to be? Easy. The coaches and the community. Our coaches take the time to point out where our areas of growth are so that we know what we need to work on to get better. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. We all want to improve and you can’t do that unless you know what your weaknesses are. I can’t say enough good things about the community we have here. Countless times, I’ve seen us pick each other up after we’ve fallen, cheer each other on during the workouts, or push each other to succeed. Having friends have your back like that is an incredibly powerful force. Something that keeps every one of us coming back day in and out. I’m so glad I’m a part of it.