Many of you know that the Hoss’ are moving back to California in June, and though my family is in California, this move will be very bittersweet for us. Four years ago, we transferred from San Jose to Wilmington for Gregg’s job in the Coast Guard. We had no idea what Wilmington would be like, what people would be like, or if we would really like it here. Gregg was skeptical about pulling this California girl away from her family and everything she’s ever known, and moving 3500 miles to the “other” coast. Neither one of us would expect that we would LOVE Wilmington, and that our family would thrive in this city.
The last couple years in Wilmington have been phenomenal…we have made so many friends, many of them in the Crossfit community. When I joined CFW, I was nervous and intimidated to even step into the “box”. There was no way I could do half the WODs and certainly not RX, especially only months after having a c-section with our second daughter. But through the constant support, enthusiasm, and words of encouragement from the instructors and everyone at CFW, I started to feel comfortable with doing what I could by scaling the WODs. I remember doing pull-ups with the widest band possible, pushups on my knees, picking up the 45lb bar and thought that was heavy! And what in the world was a snatch?? A clean and jerk?? But fast forward two years later; I’m the strongest, leanest and healthiest I’ve ever been! I’ve seen major changes in my body, and I’ve a better understanding of what my body can do in terms of my strength, endurance and stamina. Just within the last few months, I’ve PRd my back squat, split jerk, OHS, snatch, and did Fran in just over 5 min!
All that said, I owe much of my success to CFW and the awesome friends that have motivated me to push harder and keep going! I’ve made lifelong friends with many of you and hope that our next Crossfit gym will have half of the caliber of folks we have met in Wilmington. This has indeed been our home and we will miss Wilmington, CFW and all our friends here! All I can say is that Petaluma and the Crossfit there better bring it! They have some big shoes to fill!
There are two things that effect your life the most; the thoughts you have and the company you keep. Luckily for me, I joined Crossfit Wilmington so these two facets of life could change me immeasurably.
When I started, I brought with me a solid foundation of fitness knowledge. Despite that, I kept an open mind to the information I started to learn at CFW. Paleo diet? Train heavy to improve metcon times? Run sprints to improve your endurance? Get in better shape by training less? This was all contrary to what I was taught, but I allowed myself to be my own guinea pig and tried it all. As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Here I sit four years later weighing 5 pounds less, having run the fastest 5K and half marathon of my life, and with an increase of 40 or more pounds on all of my lifts. Additionally, I was able to do this with less pain, less hours in the gym, and turning 40 to boot! I cannot thank CFW enough for what they have taught me and exposed me to. I am a better athlete and healthier person for it. I encourage everyone to at the very least give everything you are taught at CFW a try. Do the mobility, follow the diet, read the articles posted, take advantage of your rest days, and I promise that only good things will come of it.
That brings me to my second point about the company you keep. I have met so many great people at CFW that it is impossible to thank them all. All of you that transformed your bodies, battled injury and disease, didn’t use pregnancy or parenthood as an excuse, or proved that age is just a number, inspired me to try harder and push my limits. Each person that greeted everyone with a smile, volunteered to help people they hardly knew, and offered their friendship freely taught me to be a better person. My transient military life led me to live in many places, but Wilmington is the first place I consider home since childhood. A big reason for that is the people I met and the friendships I formed at CFW. You welcomed me and my family with open arms, and for that I am forever thankful. If any of you find yourselves in California wine country in the next 4 years, look us up!
DB Bench Press 5s x 3r
AMRAP in 5 Minutes of…
1 Rope Climb (15′)
5 Power Snatches (115/85)
Rest 2 Minutes
AMRAP in 5 Minutes of…
5 Wallballs (16/10) * Throw as high as possible
5 Burpee over Abmat
Wilmington Weightlifting Club