This weeks Blog is about an amazing person who made a choice to work on her weaknesses. It was a battle for her mentally, physically and socially. But she did it! Not by herself, but with the backing of her fiancee, family and the FP community.

Thank you for working so hard Ashley. We love having you with us at FP. You make our community more than just a group of people. You make it family.

I have always loved the analogy and symbolism of the Phoenix, which I feel best represents my Crossfit journey so far. My fiancé Kevin first introduced me to Crossfit about three and a half years ago. At first I was very nervous to try, as I had never really known about Crossfit until I met Kevin. I had heard about it somewhat as I have a cousin who is big into Crossfit as well. At the beginning fear and lack of confidence really prevented me from fully engaging myself is this sport. I thought this was something I could never do, these crossfit people are nuts! I was curious so of course I watched a bunch of you tube videos along with Kevin explaining to me what this mysterious world of crossfit was.

Kevin first started to show me crossfit movements etc with the equipment he had in his parent’s garage at the time. I remember saying a few times ‘I hate this’. I have always been a shy person with little confidence and this transferred into crossfit. As a kid I did like sports however I most excelled at swimming and to this day I still love being in the water. Swimming was something that I never really had to work hard at, as it always seemed to come naturally to me; this was not the case with crossfit.

Slowly but surely Kevin helped me build up my confidence and we joined Frontier Performance about one and a half years ago. My first month there did not go so well I beat myself down a lot. I felt I didn’t have the strength, proper technique or right mental ability to do this. My perfectionism was blinding me learning. Over time however things changed and something clicked. I knew I had a lot of growing to do mentally in this sport if I wanted to be successful.

After I got over some of my shyness I thought well I should at least give this a good shot. Kevin is so passionate about this sport I figured it cant be that bad. My skills began to grow from the first program. The coaches were always there to support, help, gave me encouragement and to show me how to properly do the movements to prevent injury. I began to love this and I started to look forward to going to the gym. Your only limit is your mind! Learning the barbell has also been a struggle but very rewarding as well. You can never know it all in crossfit each time you set foot in the gym there is always something you can learn or improve on.

I am so thankful for all the amazing coaches at Frontier who never gave up on me and for a partner that would not let me give up. I have done so much from when I started, things I never thought come hell or high water that I would do. I participated in my first crossfit opens, weightlifting camps at the gym, and my first weightlifting comp. I like the person I am becoming; this is a lifestyle change that I will never give up.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable – the most amazing things can happen from those situations. I can’t imagine a life without crossfit now. I still have so far to go but I’m so ready for the challenge! We only have one body in this life to carry us through. Treat it like a temple, fuel your soul, feed it and give it purpose. I’m only at the start of my journey and I cannot wait to see where it goes and how far mentally I can push myself. This world of crossfit is thrilling, it’s not easy but it’s worth every minute of the excursion. I’m not done yet as I’m still not at my goal; however I like where crossfit is taking me. I could not have done this without the coaches, my husband to be and the relationships I’ve formed along the way. Doing things out of your comfort zone can lead to amazing opportunities in your life and I am so grateful for this one. Bring on the crossfit! There is no such thing as try – its do or do not.         

Kevin’s (Ashley’s fiancee) insight,

As Ashley started her Crossfit journey, we began training in my parent’s garage. She was apprehensive at first and unsure she could do the workouts at all. With a little encouragement she gave each and every one of them her best shot, even if she didn’t feel it was the best it could have been. After a few months of this I found out Chris, whom I knew from Crossfit Calgary, was opening Frontier Performance. After a few trips to the gym together and meeting the coaches, her confidence began to skyrocket!

From the “I don’t know if I can do this” beginning in the garage, to the “I’m going to get a pull-up if it kills me” person, who is at the gym as often as possible, I couldn’t be more proud of her progress and her enthusiasm for all things Crossfit.

If you are interested in making a similar choice to change your life and are looking for the right people to guide you in the right direction, give us a try. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed.