Growing up, I was not particularly active. I played no sports. I participated in no physical activities and you could find me in the nurses office with a runny nose and a “fever” trying to get out of PE. Fitness, exercise, physical exertion…not my thing. To be 100% truthful, it still isn’t my favorite thing to do with my time.
I found CrossFit in a unique way. I wasn’t looking for myself. I was a caregiver to my husband at the time who suffered from a Traumatic Brain Injury and months in a coma. Insurance had run out, he still couldn’t walk and I was looking for a miracle. For anyone and anything that could help. He needed training. Strength. Functional strength training. All of this googling led me to CrossFit.
I called and set up a meeting with a gym in town. Wheelchair. Can’t walk. Can’t always understand him. Can’t get up off the ground. Fall risk. The list goes on.
But they were in.
We started personal training 5 days a week. It was CrossFit. The first day was deadlifts and I was panicked, naturally.
Fast forward a few months and there was no more wheelchair. He was walking. Talking. Lifting. Brought back to life. By CrossFit.
In the pursuit of saving his life, I realized mine needed saving as well.
I started CrossFit and was often found crying in the corner lifting or rowing by myself. Things were moving in my life. Things that as a caregiver, you’re really not capable of feelings.
I chose myself and ventured out on my own knowing that he would be okay without me. He had his family and I needed to rediscover myself.
CrossFit brought me back to life and it was a whole new world for me.
I met my husband Trent and he is about as CrossFit as it gets. Witnessing his passion for the sport ignited my own passion in the totality of what CrossFit can do for people.
It saved my life and I really wanted it to save others.
Opening River Drive CrossFit together was a no-brainer. It was almost unacceptable not to. I am brought to tears at the life change that happens every day in our doors. The high-fives, the cheers, the friendships forged and the confidence built.
Bringing CrossFit to savannah and leveraging our business to create a positive impact in the community and the lives of our members is the single most rewarding aspect of what we do.
CrossFit uses functional fitness to give people a longer, healthier, happier life.
I am a testament to that.