Jessica Justice's Story
Published August 8, 2016
I was a below average athlete when I started CrossFit. I never thought that I, a girly girl, could lift weights. I did Zumba and Cardio kickboxing (like once or twice a week). I was very out of shape, very intimidated, but I was tired of this "cloud over my head" - this need to work out and get healthier. My husband had attended the CrossFit Blue Ash for 3 years. He finally got me to come to a free intro class and I thought, "What do I have to lose?"
My first day at CFBA, I walk in and see guys with their shirts off lifting heavy weight to loud music. I thought for sure I was in the wrong place. I felt like there was no way I could ever fit in here. Day one of On-Ramp was squat day. It was so hard; I could barely squat below parallel. My mobility needed work and the 15 lb. technique bar felt so heavy to me. I was sore for 3 days! I continued to come back, and every day surprised myself with what my body could do. (Even though my mind didn't think I could.) Finishing a WOD was the most accomplishing feeling.
CrossFit has changed my life. It has given me a whole new sense of normal. A year in, going to the gym everyday feels like second nature; the grunts, the noise of dropping weights, and the loud music is just a way of life now.
The gains I have accomplished physically with my body are impressive, but nothing motivates me more than the people. I found a family here, a community, a place where I can be myself. People at CrossFit have seen the best and worst of me. They see me sweat and struggle, they see me fail, and they see me succeed. They celebrate with me and cheer me up when they know I'll do better next time. Great people, a good sweat, and a PR every now and then is something I look forward to every day.