Active Release Seminar & Injury Prevention Seminar
with Dr. Eric McGraw
Thursday, 20 August – 7pm
Dr. Eric McGraw is board certified Chiropractor.  He utilizes Active Release Technique, which targets soft tissue to treat many problems experienced by people with active lifestyles.
If you are involved in sport, you should give Eric a visit.   910-791-9130

The Catalyst Athletics Olympic Lifting Seminar on Sept. 5-6 has been cancelled.

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Emily at her new "fighting weight", doing pull ups… Beautiful.  
      To say that CrossFit Wilmington has touch my life would be the understatement of my life.  Then to be asked to summarize it in a short paragraph, near impossible.  But I will give it a try. 
     My first experience with CrossFit Wilmington was meeting a group of them at a well known watering hole in Lumina Station and thinking "I will NEVER look like these guys.  I am too old and I’ve given birth to two kids, just not happening". I started showing up to Crossfit around May of 2008 after much convincing by my husband and CFW Primary Instructor, Josh.  I hated the heat, coming in last on workouts, and only being good at lifting heaving things, so I just played with it.
     In April of 2009, I decided I wanted more: more from life, more from myself, and to live longer for my children.  I attended my first nutrition class by Tony and decided that I was going to jump in with both feet and take off. 
     Josh was a little surprised!  Heck, I was surprised too.  I made a point of getting 4-5 workouts in per week, rather than "maybe" 3.  I started running after I got off work (I’m night shift as a nurse in the Emergency Department) and actually did my first 5k in late April (time sucked but hey, I did it).  I was blessed to attend and observe the The CrossFit Games Regional Qualifier in May and decided to dig my heels in and give even more!
     "I have a long way to go" was my saying (still is).   I am proud to say, as of now, I have lost 34 lbs, I’m doing kipping pull-ups, and feel better than ever.  I owe it to my husband, kids, CrossFit Wilmington and my CrossFit family.  I can’t imagine my life without CrossFit. 
     The people I work with are probably sick of my talking about it, but they tell me all the time how much I’ve changed, both physically and mentally, since changing departments in October 2008.  The best part, I feel better about myself, and I feel like a positive influence on my kids.  I owe CrossFit Wilmington a great deal. 
     Tony, Julie, Darren, Dawn and my wonderful husband Josh, you guys are the best!  I thank God for you everyday.  I am proud to be a CrossFit Wilmington Woman!
-Emily Edwards
Emily’s results are typical… 
Typical of a woman that makes a conscious decision to get a hold of her life and diet.  Typical in that she doesn’t care about getting sweaty and dirty.  She doesn’t "need" sweets, candy, and cake.  She sets aside all the excuses "cosmo" women make up for not working out and achieved what she thought wasn’t possible.  Emily is a strong mother, wife (Josh will confirm!), and woman.  She’s become an integral part of CrossFit Wilmington’s backbone.  We love  and admire her.


0 thoughts on “Posted: 8/2/2009

  1. Em says:

    I luv you for saying it and will miss you while you are away Andrew! I am humbled by this and it being posted. Thank you to all that have pushed me and encouraged me…CFW is the best!!! I thank God for you all everyday!!

  2. ilario says:

    Emily, Easy to agree with T.: You are part of the CFW core and we do indeed love and admire you! (your hubby and children are pretty amazing too) Your testimonial is beautiful and we are inspired by the development we have witnessed up close. We all have much to be thankful for…Your determination has provided you with results, and it has given hope and motivation to others. I made a comment to you the other day when you were on the pull up bars and I'll say it again to the group: "WOW!"
    PS Dr. McGraw (Thurs. Night) was instrumental in working through my shoulder issues (pre-qualifier) and getting me back in the fight. Definitely worth checking out.

  3. Scott S says:

    Emily, your transformation has been truly amazing. Physically, your change has been obvious and impressive. But when you say, "The best part, I feel better about myself" is what drives so many of us. While there is always someone faster or stronger, we can all demonstrate the same level of commitment – which you do. Proud of you, girl!

  4. Jill P says:

    Great words and great work.I have told Josh ( and you and a few others ) I think how far you have taken yourself in so little time is just amazing! You are so strong, what an amazing example for us and for your kids!!!

  5. Rachel says:

    Em you have done an amazing job! I am so glad to be in this adventure with you and all the other amazing women at CFW. For many of us we started at CFW feeling weak, slow and wondering what am I dong here at the bottom of the list but slowly each of us are climbimg to the top. Em, I look at your scores each day and know that if you can do it so can I! Thanks for being an inspiration for all of us male and female. Love ya girl!

  6. colleen says:

    Em, you rock and yes! you are a strong mother, wife and woman!!! What an awesome example both you and Josh set for your kids!!

  7. ju says:

    Emily, what amazing words! Who would have ever thought you could make me cry? You are sn inspiration to us all. I am so thankful to have you at CFW! Even more thankful that you have become such a dear friend to me.

  8. Tracy says:

    EMILY! So proud of you girl!! Our CFW family is so AMAZING!! Great to be apart of it!!
    Have been enjoying all the activities this past weekend with everyone!! Happy Birthday Ron!!

  9. DC says:

    Emily. Since you started to creep in to now dragging Josh in to work on stuff you have done leaps and super leaps. I would like to say thank you for your kind word but I get my results from seeing you grow and grow. Keep up the great work and keep the head up. The CF games are coming around again.. 🙂

  10. Sensei says:

    Em, I never told you how important and helpful it was to me to have you in OUR corner at the regionals. I remember during one of the WoD's being almost afraid of pushing too hard and immediately I looked at you and remembered your ability and spirit to help as a nurse and friend. You are a good friend, and a powerful woman. I look forward to our continued friendship! again, all thanks to CFW and the beautiful people involved in it that encourage us all to work towards our best selves!

  11. Jen S. says:

    Emily, you are an inspiration and I love seeing you at crossfit! You always push me beyond my limits because I know that you are pushing beyond yours. This is the place where we see positive change…beyond what we think we can do. Thank you so much for all of your support. You are amazing!

  12. Em says:

    Oh my! Thank you all SO much for the very kind words, it is the CFW family that inspires me and keeps me going in day after day. t you have an amazing place, thank you for bringing it to us! Ron, Happy b-day! Great fun tonight, thanks for having us!!