“Two years ago, it dawned on me that I was rapidly approaching my 50th birthday. After being active most of my life, I realized that my exercise pretty much consisted of running to the refrigerator during commercials. The middle-age spread was setting in and I was not happy about it. I told myself (and anyone that would listen) that I couldn’t stand what getting older was doing to my body.

I finally realized that complaining was not fixing anything. The way I saw it, I had a couple of options. I could spend money on workout videos to do in the privacy of my living room. But I knew from experience that I would use them a few times and then they would become bookends on a shelf somewhere and forgotten. Or, I could join the new name-brand gym in my neighborhood. But I had been through that routine a few times, too…

…I would get a quick tour by a ‘trainer’ who would point to a few machines, maybe even show me how to use them, then be left on my own to figure out what I needed to do each day. After a couple of months of using those same machines day after day, I would lose interest and start making excuses to stay home.

What I really wished for was a personal trainer to come to my home with a personalized program just for me. But unless I hit the lottery, I knew that wasn’t going to happen.

Then a friend told me about Hub City CrossFit. She said the trainer plans a different work out every day and was always right there to teach and encourage you. That sounded exactly like what I needed. But did I have the dedication it would take to be at the gym every day?  (Especially since I knew that the early morning workouts would fit best into my schedule.) Was I too old? Had it been too long and I would be too out of shape? The only way to know was to try it out…


…The first week was ‘Boot Camp’. It was all about learning how to do the lifts correctly, as well as all the other moves needed to get through the workouts. Cody only allowed me to lift a PVC pipe. Right away, my competitive nature kicked in and I couldn’t wait to see what I could do with some real weights. It wasn’t long until I moved to the bar and I was hooked.

Instead of letting my age be an excuse, I was determined to use it as a motivator. I had to prove to myself that I could do this and I was not yet over that hill. I have tried my hardest to do a little better every day, to modify less anytime I can, and to push myself to do as much as my body will allow.

Now, here I am, a few months before that dreaded 50th birthday, stronger than I ever imagined I could be. I would never have believed that I would be able to lift 100 pounds over my head, squat weights that weigh as much as I do, or deadlift almost twice that much.

I am not the strongest, fastest, or have the most endurance. But I am ok with that. Everyday gets a little better. All of my coaches (official and unofficial) push me to do my best and never give up. The support given by everyone in the gym is incredible and has helped me get in the best shape of my life.

My family tells me that I am addicted to CrossFit. I have to agree. And I hope to be able to feed this addiction for many years to come. And with the changes I have seen in my health and body I believe I will be able to.”

– Tessa