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I'm absolutely buzzing

I'm absolutely buzzing

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I’m absolutely buzzing 🤣to have been picked for Member of the month for April and i’d like to thank everyone who got me to this actual point. Not just the coaches but the all the lovely members who pushed me on and made me push to points I never thought possible.    

First stepping into CrossFit Ulysses I had no idea of what CrossFit was and I didn’t know anything about Olympic weight lifting either.  I had a good level of fitness before i started, but nothing to what I have now.

I was nervous even though I had my uncle with me.  So after I completed my on-ramp I had my first session which I was also very nervous about but I loved every minute of it.  I also loved the friendly competitive side of it and I couldn’t think of a better place to train.

Since joining, whenever it was I did as i feel like i’ve been there since they first opened the door 🤣,  I now know I am much fitter and stronger physically and mentally. I also used all the training within Ulysses to get me where I am today with my career choice.

I went to catterick garrison in November last year and my only focus back then was running, but I failed which hit me really hard due to me wanting to be a paratrooper.  I thought my dream of being one was no longer and i was so upset, so my uncle advised me to join CrossFit Ulysses and since joining I have achieved so many things. Running with a weighted vest is now easy, i can do more pull ups and my strength with weight lifting is getting better day by day.

I have recently got back from catterick after attempting my tests again, knowing all my training has made stronger and I passed which I couldn’t be more happy about.   Ulysses coaches, staff and members have started me on my new journey and now i get to follow me dreams of being a Paratrooper and I am forever grateful. They all helped me grow and become the person i am today.

I used to go to a standard gym and didn’t have a clue or any understanding what I was doing, which you hear people say a lot.   But now I know I could step into any gym and create my own WOD and train effectively.

I wouldn’t recommend any other box to go to as Ulysses is THE ONE!  Never have i met such great people and all the members support each other no matter what.  The family atmosphere is one which you wouldn’t find in any mainstream gym, or anywhere else.  

 I’m going to miss my Ulysses family while i’m away on my training, but i’ll be back. Where else would i want to go when on leave?  🤣🤣 xx


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.