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Member Highlight: Rena’s Story

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Member Highlight: Rena’s Story

0_0_0_0_250_333_csupload_67427517Why do I Crossfit with Liz and CrossFit Become? 

  1. I want to be able to walk when I’m old. We have adult onset Muscular Dystrophy in my family. I don’t know if I’ll have it or not—doesn’t matter. I do know that the stronger my muscles are, the longer I’ll be walking.
  2. Once you have an autoimmune disorder, you are likely to develop more—I want to head that off with exercise and nutrition.
  3. When you run or lift, you can set a goal, then reach the goal, and then you can set a new goal. There is always something new to look forward to.
  4. CrossFit gives the camaraderie—the support, the friends, the trash talk.

It dawned on me that I had four really good reasons and never said “losing weight”. It’s not even on the list anymore. I’ve exercised for years doing all kinds of things trying to lose weight and it’s never worked in the long term.

Somewhere after age 40, I grew up, and the goal changed to being healthy all around. CrossFit and a clean eating framework gives me that.What makes Liz and CrossFit Become different is that Liz and the team support me in being the best me.  I have a support group that encourages me to do the best that I can do.  I’m not compared to anyone but myself.

A year ago,  I could barely get down and back up for a burpee. Now, its just part of my workout.  Strong enough to flip a tire–enough endurance to run several 5ks when I had never run around one lap of a track before?  [Update: her goals have increased beyond 5K and she is aiming for a half marathon!]  Liz encouraged me to do these things.  These are all new strengths that I didn’t know I had inside me before joining CrossFit Become.

Everytime I hit a new level, I get excited because if I couldn’t imagine getting here a year ago, then I really can’t imagine where I’ll get to next.  I love the support and I love the fact that I advance at my own speed on my own terms and I’m pushed but not to the point of failure or injury.  I’m supported to be the best me I can be.  It’s a gift that I give to myself.

– Rena L. Strauss

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