By Kimberly Ready
“I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure I was in good enough shape to do it.” Those were the thoughts of Sara Scheirer. Although she had a background with gymnastics for 17 years, some unexpected life events including a divorce, weight gain, and becoming a single mom of two, she found every excuse easy to justify why NOT to join CrossFit. But in February of 2015, she finally made a change & joined CrossFit Greenwood and her only regret was not starting 6 months sooner.
Sara’s journey is one that has been unique and special that we are proud to celebrate, but her experience when she started crossfit is one that many people have felt or can relate. She doubted her ability because she wasn’t in good shape and was overweight, but in fact that is exactly why you should start CrossFit. Since then, she has lost more than 50 pounds. However, the confidence, strength, & ability she has gained far outweighs any number on the scale. “As a single mom, it’s important for me to have the strength and energy to do things like move furniture, push a lawn mower and play sports in the back yard with my kids. Also it is important for me to set a good example and show them what it looks like to set goals and work hard to achieve them.”
Sara’s advice to you if you are new to CrossFit or thinking about checking it out is to STICK.WITH.IT. “It is easy to get discouraged at first. Just focus on showing up everyday and one day at a time you will start to notice all the improvements and accomplishments you’re making. Don’t get caught up in comparing yourself to others. Come in each day striving to be a better version of yourself. And whatever goals you have set for yourself, know and believe that you CAN achieve them.”
Her favorite CrossFit movements include olympic weightlifting such as Cleans although prior to CrossFit, she had no olympic weightlifting experience. “When I was first learning the proper form with the PVC pipe, it felt like I was never going to ‘get it’, but now a year later they’re like a second nature.” One of her favorite WODs was the 22 Active Hero WOD in honor of the 22 Veterans who commit suicide daily.
She remembered 22 Active Hero WOD being brutal and extremely hot that day in the summer. However when she finished, she was overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment and amazed at how far she had come in such a short period of time with CrossFit.
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