Ms. Terry started at Croga CrossFit at the urging of her daughter, Catherine, who is also a member and close friend of ours. Before Croga CrossFit, Ms. Terry had never really participated in any organized fitness or exercise in her life because she had always been told “that those kinds of activities are for men only”.
Because of this, our journey with Ms. Terry has been as much about empowerment & tackling mental barriers as it has been making physical changes.
The accomplishments below are why we chose her as our Member of the Year for 2014:
She has taken the naysayers and all the negative comments she’s heard over the years and proved them all wrong.
She has learned functional movement patterns and has gained strength that will be useful for the rest of her life.
She hired a nutritionist on her own and educated herself on maintaining a proper diet for her needs, not only as a teacher that doesn’t get many breaks from her students, but also as an athlete that is going to train every day after work.
Her personality has blossomed as she has become more and more confident with who she is and what she’s capable of. “You do you, Ms. Terry!”
She’s made an entire community of new friends at the gym that she enjoys hanging out with outside of class and on the weekends.
And, she constantly brings positive energy, hard work and laughter to each of our classes that she attends.
Congratulations on a great 2014, Ms. Terry! We can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2015.
Here is a Q&A with Ms. Terry about her successful year here at Cróga:
(Dave): What did you do for fitness before Cróga CrossFit?
(Ms. Terry): Before Croga, I tried health clubs, but never was motivated to go and work out alone. I’ve done yoga for years, and still love it; I go to Breathe in Los Gatos. But I’ve never been athletic or really played sports.
(D): What was it that made you want to try CrossFit?
(T): Catherine, my daughter, was the reason I started at Cróga. She knew I was unhappy with my weight and health, and just kept at me until I relented!
(D): What results have you noticed since joining? (weight loss, changes to body fat, size changes, etc)?
(T): I’ve lost over ten pounds, but more importantly I’ve improved my health. I sprint up stairs, instead of panting all the way to the top. I actually can feel my muscles and just in general am more toned. And I don’t get tired!!
(D): What do you think your biggest improvement has been inside the gym? What about outside the gym?
(T): My biggest improvement at the gym is my deadlifts (my lifts in general) and that I can do push-ups and burpees! Outside the gym I’m just happier and more confident. For me, CrossFit has been a metaphor for never giving up, believing in yourself and always trying your best.
(D): What are some new things that you have learned about yourself since starting CrossFit?
(T): I’ve learned that you’re never too old to improve. I’m accomplishing movements I never thought I could do.
(D): What advice would you give someone that can’t decide if they should try CrossFit or who just started?
(T): My advice to someone who is thinking of starting CrossFit is Just Do It!! Honestly, it’s changed my life for the better in every way imaginable. You’ll never regret it: the level of fitness you’ll achieve, the confidence you’ll gain, and the awesome community you’ll join.
(D): Anything else you would like to add?
(T): Your community is as important as your workout. These are the people who sweat with you, cheer for you, yell (kindly) at you to keep going when you want to quit, and party with you too. I never knew or expected this component to be as vital as it is. I’m so grateful to Dave and Kelly for the experience and opportunity to learn how to be healthy and fit while having fun and making great friends. They provide fantastic, high-level coaching, and are compassionate as well as demanding. I also love Anthony, Preston and Britt, who bring their individual strengths to their coaching.