June 9, 2018 RUSH

Gen’s Story

I tried, I really did, but nothing stuck. I was no good at baseball, I am not coordinated enough for kickboxing and I got bored of spinning and running. I was always someone who was naturally strong and generally fit, but I just couldn’t find anything that I enjoyed enough to keep it up.

In 2015 a friend of mine invited me to try Erin Vanasse’s EVX Boot Camp.  She made me do burpees until I thought I would pass out, she taught me how to squat ass to grass; she made me HURT, but in a good way. As time went on, she invited me to workout with her in her garage gym; where she does CrossFit.  This was my first introduction to this type of training.

Later that same year, CrossFit Rush invited members of my organization to an introduction to CrossFit course and I decided to join in. I was literally shaking the first time I went in there. I can sooo relate when people do not believe that they can do CrossFit. It’s intimidating, it’s scary, it’s hard, but I can promise you it is worth it in so many ways. I am so very grateful for swallowing my pride, facing my fears and walking into CrossFit Rush three years ago.

To date I have competed in three competitions, something I would never have dreamed before. This past spring, I even competed in my first RX competition in a team with Erin and MP, a Rush coach . Can you believe that I actually competed with my mentor and almost kept up to her? I still pinch myself lol.

CrossFit has made me be better in every way. I am healthier (now 3 years smoke free!!), stronger, faster, and happier. I found my place at CrossFit Rush; this time it stuck. I have made friends that have become like a family and the box has become a second home. This is the place where I leave all my worries at the door, I push, I sweat, (I sometime swear) and it feels great.

My life since CrossFit has been a series of PR’s (personal records) and at 35 I am more confident as a woman, mother, and athlete than I’ve ever been. Thank you to Jeff and Cyn for creating this wonderful community, to the coaches for believing in all of us and pushing us to be our best and thanks Erin for being my inspiration.  #strongerthanyesterday