One of our members Lauren has decided to share a little bio with you all.
Lauren done the three peaks challenge and I asked her if I could share her story with you..
The following is in Lauren's own words and this is one of the many reasons she is loved so much by our staff and members. Lauren has fit in with us all, true Ulysses style.
Lauren has been with us for 5 months now and her main reason to join was to lose weight and to be able to get back on a bike. Lauren also suffers with anxiety and being with us at Ulysses has not only helped her anxiety but has helped her regain some confidence and her mindset he's changed so much.
So here are Lauren's words.
There was some tears on the way down the mountain on the first day, the bloody route just seemed to go on and on! But I snapped out of that and was bloody determined by the second walk!
Ah you know me, short and sweet and as few details about the accident as possible!
Nasty car accident in October 2015, damage to knees and shoulder. (Seemingly pointless) Physio for 3 months to help recover the knees and shoulder, weight gain because of the time off cycling and the impact of the accident.
Recovered in 4/5 months but didn’t get back on a bike. The weight gain and shoulder pain stopped me ()
Joined a gym to get some weight off and some muscle and strength back, so I could get back on my bike with my dad (shared interest and we love it, we would go out every weekend together for a good 10-15 miles) and was clueless. There was next to no help, it was intimidating and I got nowhere with it!
I think I fell into a ‘ah well, fate accepted’ mode and it was nearly 4 years before I actually got back in to the mentality of ‘I need to do something, I need to crack on!’ I missed my bike, my mental health suffered and I needed to do something.
I’d worked with my friend Alice for nearly a year before I even considered CrossFit. She would tell me about the workouts and the community and one day I said to her ‘You know what, yes! I’ll come, I’ll see what it’s all about, you’ve convinced me!’
Best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve never felt more welcomed, safe, nurtured or loved!
It’s not ‘just a gym’ it’s a huge family, a family of people who have their own personal goals and aims, but also appreciate and respect that everyone’s goals and aims are completely different and help each other to the top!
My goals were to gain back the muscle and strength in my knees and shoulder so I could *finally* get back on my bike!
Now, I’m a horribly anxious person. Walking into the box for the first time with the thought of doing a group WOD where I might not be as strong as the others, as fast, as confident, *terrified* me.
That first WOD knocked that straight out of me!
I was the last to finish, my body was aching, I was panicking and close to tears with the last reps of my set to do, when the coach and the rest of the group gathered round and counted me through my final reps, egging me on and chanting. I’ve never been more proud of myself and my appreciation of our CrossFit family has grown from there!
I’ve had some set backs (and just some sheer bad luck!!) during my first few months here, but I’m always welcomed back, like an old friend, like a member of a family.
No one is ever given up on, no one is ever left to struggle, no one is ever told that their goals aren’t achievable and no fitness family, will love you more than the CrossFit Ulysses family
Why not book a free intro and lets see if our coaches can help you overcome your weaknesses.