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Member of the Month for August.

Member of the Month for August.

We have great pleasure in announcing our member of the month for August is Catherine Wearing.

Catherine has been an inspiration to us all since starting but not only did she take a break for her honeymoon, but she also managed to fit in a few CrossFit drop ins while away. 

Catherine also competed in the World Transplant Games Newcastle Gateshead UK 2019 this month 🇬🇧🥉 and bagging herself a bronze medal. 

Catherine you inspire us all daily and Team Ulysses are so proud of all your achievements and the woman you are today. 

This was Catherine's first world games and she has done amazing.  To compete with other transplant athletes and to hear their own unique stories was an amazing experience for her and we're all excited to see what Catherine has planned next.

A little snippet below taken from Catherine herself. 

Never forgot the impact organ donation can have on people! We are lucky enough to be able to compete but some people sadly don’t make it! Make sure you have the conversation with your loved ones!   

Catherine we are all amazed by your story and have loved watching you grow. 

And a little note from Team Ulysses.

Don't take your organs with you, heaven knows we need them on earth.    It take two minutes to register for organ donation. Do something amazing today.   

Why not book a free intro and you could inspire us, just like Catherine has!

https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=14865158&appointmentType=9353165

we high five one another whilst rolling around on the floor waiting for our lungs to start functioning properly again

we high five one another whilst rolling around on the floor waiting for our lungs to start functioning properly again

I am beyond buzzing to be named the Member of The Month for July!!

I am so grateful to have been able to join team Ulysses. Health has always been a priority of mine, and lately I have become a lot more mindful of the way I care for and fuel my body. I am beginning to realise what makes me feel good and what affects me negatively.  I’ve realised that I am my own engineer. I am aware that there’s a lot of factors in life that I cannot control, however caring for my body is a factor that I am responsible for. As an adult, you choose what you put into your body. Are you fueling it with nutrients and minerals that it will be thankful for, or empty calories that will leave you hungry? You also choose how you’re going to train your body. Are you going to push yourself to surpass your expectations or are you going to stay in your comfort zone? I certainly know which one I reap the benefits from, and I know which lifestyle CrossFit Ulysses supports me to pursue. 

As an adrenaline junkie and someone that loves to push the boundaries and throw themselves out of their comfort zone, I have found CrossFit Ulysses to be the best support system for this. From starting in May, I’ve seen athletes push their bodies to the extreme, and you may wonder why. Honestly, the answer is because they can. It’s also because they know they will recover in time and they know that with physical strength and training comes mental strength and resilience. It teaches you that limitations are all in the head. A lot of people quit when their mind tells them to, yet their body is still up for another round; the mind can be so deceiving.   These people inspire me every time I step foot in the box. Whether they’re doing their first push up or an abundance of muscle ups. These are the same athletes and coaches that will cheer you on to finish that 150th wall ball when all you really want to do is tell “Karen” to piss off.  You’ll never find this type of support in a regular gym. I knew CrossFit Ulysses had already made a huge impact on my life when my Mam said to me the other day “You seem so much more determined to improve on your weaknesses” (and she wasn’t referring to my physical strength, she was referring to my mindfulness). You see, I have learnt so much more than just how to throw weights about during my short time with the CrossFit family. I have learnt if I can change and shape my body the way I want, then I can do that to my mind too. 

Strength, definition and the mechanics of our bodies are aesthetically pleasing to me. I love how versatile our bodies are, and the thought of being able to run freely, perform gymnastic manoeuvres and have the strength and power to hold and control my body weight really makes me driven and motivated to be consistent with my training.  These are all goals of mine and I trust that the Ulysses coaching team will help me smash these goals out of the park. 

Finally, I work in a school with some of society’s most vulnerable children and young people. This type of job really makes you realise how fortunate we are to be healthy. To be able to get up and run to our hearts desire, to stretch, to jump, to skip. These little guys are my inspiration to get up on a morning and make the most of what I have and what I can do. Hence why I get up at 4.45am 4 times a week to join the #6amGang. I feel privileged that I have the freedom to get up and see the beautiful sunrise as I drive to meet up with the rest of the shattered sods so we can sweat our arses off and maybe even spew a little. After that, we high five one another whilst rolling around on the floor waiting for our lungs to start functioning properly again…. And THEN we feel on top of the bloody world. It makes the early mornings easier knowing that I am going to a supportive environment where everyone is in the same boat and we all paddle together. It’s crazy how just 1 hour out of my day spent in the box can have such a positive influence on my mood. I’ve achieved so much in such a short time, I really can’t wait to see more progress as I continue on my journey with the best gym tribe around! 😊 

If you’re struggling to take that first step towards working out, just bear in mind that “You can rest when you’re dead” – Rebekah May Bunn (4th August 2018). NOW LET’S GO CHASE THOSE POSITIVE ENDORPHINS!! 


 


9st5lb down but Ulysses where I can keep improving.

9st5lb down but Ulysses where I can keep improving.

Ulysses, where I can keep improving.

Stacy’s journey so far.

I first decided to try lose weight when I was finishing Uni, having realised how unhappy I was. I lacked self confidence, always felt uncomfortable and I was fed up of being the biggest girl in my group of  friends. I went on to lose 9.5 stone by eating well and have maintained that loss over the last couple of years. Having gained some confidence from my initial loss, I started to exercise, soon getting into a routine of working out a few times a week by doing mainly cardio. I was happy doing this but felt I needed a bigger push, so I started spinning classes with my dad and loved them. Through spinning I saw my fitness levels as well as my leg strength improve massively so I started including other popular group classes like Body Pump, Kettlebells, Combat as well as weight training and this is where I found a love for lifting weights!

I maintained this routine for a couple of years but last year I felt like I needed a change.. I had seen crossfit workouts on social media and made a point of watching the games each year after seeing documentaries on Netflix, the women looked insane and I was jealous of their abilities.. Goals! It wasn't until I saw an Instagram post about Ulysses that I realised how close the box was to home, so I thought why not give this a go... For moral support I asked my partner George to come with me to a taster session in September last year and after only one session I was hooked.. I walked out of the box that night and I instantly wanted to go back the next day. Having been to many gyms, there is no comparison to Ulysses. You could walk into a standard gym, do your workout for an hour and not one person would talk to you. At Ulysses that just doesn't happen!

I quickly realised my strengths and  weaknesses and have been trying to focus on these each week. The feeling of wanting to give your all in each WOD is infectious, it pushes me to challenge myself, do things I don't particularly like doing and get out of my comfort zone.

Shortly after joining crossfit, I signed up for the 3 months free weightlifting and found my love for lifting heavy barbells again. I've learnt so much since attending these sessions and have seen a big improvement in my technique and my strength so far. With crossfit and weightlifting, the coaches are always there to encourage, help and offer advice, pushing you to challenge yourself. I love this because if I'm having a day when I'm doubting my abilities, that little nudge spurs me on to go hard in the workout or lift heavier.

Having been the 'bigger girl', I still struggle with the balance between losing weight, gaining muscle and feeling fit, but knowing that I'm able to go Into each WOD and try my hardest is an awesome feeling. I've been working at improving myself and my fitness for a long time by losing weight and building up my confidence, which has paid off massively - I wouldn't be able to do  what I can now if I hadn't started this journey, and I truly feel that I have found a special place at Ulysses, where I can keep improving.