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1. What brought you to CrossFit?
I was an intern with the City of Bloomington’s Wellness Coordinator when I was putting together a health fair for city employees. Jesse from The Body Compound called to tell me all about the very first CrossFit gym in Bloomington-Normal, IL. He explained how I HAD to have them at my event. I had no idea what CrossFit was but he was so passionate about it that I decided to give them a spot at the health fair.
I met Jesse & Jim, co-owners of The Body Compound, at the health fair. They were crazy fit and really excited about CrossFit. After I graduated college and was finished with my internship, Darrell and I decided to finally give it a try. We’ve loved it ever since!

2. What was your first impression?
Our first WOD was a 7-minute AMRAP of 7 burpees and 7 squats. I could barely do push-ups on my knees let alone know what the heck a burpee was. I fell on my butt trying to squat below parallel to which Jesse informed me that I better be able to do that if I want to lift myself off the couch when I’m old. I only completed 2 ½ rounds and was extremely sore the next three days. From 7 minutes of work!!!!! My first impression was that CrossFit was hard, it was completely different than all the other globo gyms we had tried, and I had A LOT of work to do. It was just what we needed.

3. How has that changed?
It really hasn’t. I still have a lot of work to do (one of the good things about CrossFit, there’s always, always something to work on); it’s still different than all the globo gyms (God, I love our community); and it’s still exactly what we need.

4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?
Finally stringing together those &*#@*$&* double-unders!! 🙂

5. What are you working on now?
Being more consistent in going every day! And even though I hate it so much, running more!

6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?
I have a few favorites but the one that stands out the most is my first week back to CrossFit. When we moved from IL to MO, we didn’t have a CrossFit close to where we lived. We tried to continue at home but it’s really not the same without the people from your gym suffering alongside you! For almost two years we just did what we could at a globo gym. We traveled to AZ for a wedding and dropped in at LT. We were so impressed by the people and the gym that when we moved here a year later, we told our realtor we wanted to live close to LT so that we could join that gym. Our first week back was extremely hard but it felt like we were finally home.

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