By Stephanie St-Jacques
I was first introduced to CrossFit last June when KCF held a stand at the annual neighborhood party in Oka. Maria, a fellow CrossFitter, introduced me to KCF employees and told me how much I would love it. Simon-Pier had arranged a small sample workout that day, and I gave it a go.
I thought I was in pretty good shape since I was running a few times a week, but that small 5 minute workout gave me muscle pain for the next 4 days ! At that time, I was on sick leave from a toxic work environment that had depleted me both physically and mentally.
I was quite depressed, had low energy and even though I was trying to exercise on my own, I wasn’t challenging myself enough. I had gained a good 20 pounds in the last year.
Since my schedule was open and there was a free week offered at KCF, I told myself why not give it a go, see what happens.
I quickly realized that KCF was a serious place, where the employees are professional and the training really challenging. I enjoyed going to classes and rapidly incorporated them in my routine. Even if those first few classes hurt like hell. I was slowly immersing myself in the Crossfit world, with its own acronyms, codes and vocabulary. I was embracing the whole thing. KCF was a good place for me to be. I was feeling the impact of the workouts on my body, but it was mentally that the benefits struck me the most.
On the first few workouts, when I had given everything I had, I would get in my car, turn the music on, roll down the windows and sing my head off. I felt like a million bucks. I felt so proud of myself, of pushing myself like that. That feeling rapidly got addicting, and kept me going.
The depression slowly but surely receded over the course of a few months. When I do CrossFit, when SP explains the workout and I get on with it, I feel like I’ve accomplished something. Every time. It’s always tough. It’s always challenging. And that badass feeling of accomplishment makes me more gutsy through other areas of my life.
It gives me the courage to try things I otherwise wouldn’t have tried. I feel more like myself now. I feel good in my own skin, I feel more calm. Oh, and I got a new job and got myself out of that toxic environment.
Since starting CrossFit, I have never looked back. I go to classes without questioning myself. It’s part of my routine, it’s part of my life. That feeling of well-being feels so damn good, I don’t want to lose it.
So thank you, Maria, for knowing that CrossFit would be for me and for dragging me to that stand. Thank you, SP, for constantly finding ways to challenge us, for being creative in that transition period where we didn’t have an actual gym, and for believing we can push through that impossible workout. And finally, thank you, Julie Anne and Mat, for creating that little box that literally changes lives for the better.
Longue vie au KCF !