From ages 6-22, I had been on some sort of organized athletic team. In high school, I shifted my focus to the school swim team and eventually went on to college, where I swam competitively for all four years. Upon graduation in 2007, I was burned out from swimming and needed to find something else to scratch my athletic itch (a.k.a. not get embarrassingly out of shape). Fast forward a few years and I had dabbled in weightlifting, pick up basketball and football games, and beer league softball. For some reason, I wasn't seeing positive results from meandering around the gym on back and bi's day, or drinking three beers in between innings, just to stand around in right field for ten minutes.

One day, while sitting on the couch, my fiance came home from a long day of work and scolded me for being so lazy. It was at that point I decided to make a lifestyle change. I had heard of CrossFit, but was a bit intimidated by all the people posting their WOD (Workout Of the Day) scores on Facebook. Why do people care so much about how well they did in a workout?

After a little bit of research, I headed over to my first CrossFit class and instantly fell in love with the whole CrossFit mindset. Before the class started, I considered myself to be in pretty good shape, but I will never forget that first...warm up. Yes, the warm up for class was one of the hardest things I had ever done, but I remember leaving that first class inspired and looking forward to a new challenge. I also understood why everyone felt the need to post their results on social media. The CrossFit community is one that is unlike anything I have ever been a part of.

A year and a half later, I'm still challenged with each workout at CrossFit New Hampshire. The coaching and programming is top notch, while the group of athletes I train with push me to a new level I never though I'd be able to reach.