Melissa’s Story

Back in early-mid 2010, a friend and I decided to brave a drop-in session at CrossFit Moncton. I emailed Kevin, set up the Saturday morning and we showed up all ready to go. Kevin and Pierre led us through a warm-up (what…that’s only the warm-up??), a 500m row (is it over? I think I’m dying…) and then prepped us for the WOD (OMG, there’s more??). The WOD was an AMRAP 10 minutes of 5 push-ups, 10 sit-ups and 15 squats. I got about half-way through and had to stop. I couldn’t finish. I was disappointed, embarrassed, and convinced that I wasn’t in good enough shape to do CrossFit. I was sore for days.

In the meantime, I had a gym membership that I didn’t really use. I started running on my own, which I enjoyed, so I signed up for a 10K clinic at the running room, which I couldn’t finish due to shin splints. Then winter hit and I stopped running and working out.

Fast forward to August 2012. A friend and I decided to start walking in the mornings to get back in shape. We ramped it up and started to do the Couch to 5K app I downloaded and ran the 5K Legs for Literacy in October. The cold was coming, so she started to bug me about joining CrossFit with her. After my first experience, I wasn’t convinced it was for me, but she didn’t back down (I’m so glad…), so I signed up to do the fundamentals with her at the end of October. I decided I would give it the ol’ college try for a month and signed up for a twice a week membership. By the end of the first month I was up to 3 times per week, and by March I was up to an unlimited membership and competing in the CrossFit Open.

I love everything about our box. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. I’m making such huge improvements in everything….getting my first toes-to-bar the day before doing them in the Open, my first unassisted pull-up this summer, handstand push-ups, not to mention the weight PRs since joining (I can deadlift my body weight…how cool is that?). I’ve always been a competitive person, so that helps push me in every workout. I have made some great friends and enjoy seeing them and cheering them on during a WOD or having them cheer me on. I’ve become one of ‘those people’ who has drunk the “kool-aid” and talks about CrossFit a lot. I trust the coaches so much, and look forward to working with them and learning new things when I go. I still have lots of things I can’t do yet, but the daily/weekly PRs and accomplishments keep me coming back for more.

If only I could go back and tell 2010 Melissa to join.

AMRAP in 12 min
10 Floor Press
5 Strict Chinups

Compare to Sept.13/12

Melissa – skeptic to addict

25 thoughts on “Melissa’s Story”

  1. You are doing awesome! I never knew this whole story; glad you came back… You did such a great job at the games. I remember all the PR’s you got! Keep up the hard work Melissa! 🙂

  2. I loved reading your story Melissa 🙂 I’m happy you gave it another try. You are doing great! I love seeing your progress. Congrats on everything you have accomplished so far. 🙂

    1. Thanks go much so the help along the way. We almost got that chest to bar in the Open…or I like to think it was close 🙂

  3. WOD with shoulder press (45lbs)
    5 rounds + 10 press and 4 pullups

    So frustrating! I just wanted to kip!

      1. LOL as soon as the clock was done she let out a little she-ra yell and did a kipping pullup to release some frustration. Funny. 🙂

  4. Wu x 1

    Strength: floor press 5×5
    135,185,205,225,230 (5# pr)

    Wod: AMRAP in 12 min

    10 floor press
    5 strict pull-ups

    7 + 3 floor press @ 155#

  5. Valerie Arseneau

    Mob + Wu x 1

    Strength: floor press 5×5

    Wod: AMRAP in 12 min
    10 floor press at 60
    5 strict pull-ups
    Did 6 rounds

    Chris wanted to do a rowibg WOD for his training for nationals so I did it with him
    5 rounds
    200m row
    5 power clean at 45
    5 power snatch at 45

    Time was around 9:57
    Sorry Amanda, we were slower than anticipated we were planning to finish before you had to coach. We were off by a minute. Thanks for letting us do a WOD.

  6. Mob
    WU x 1
    Group Warm up and mobility

    Strength – Floor Press x 5

    40-45-50-55-60 (PR)

    WOD: AMRAP 12 mins

    10 Floor Press @ 45 #
    5 Ring Rows

    Score: 9 Rounds

  7. Mobility
    WU X 1
    Group Mobility/WU

    Floor Press X 5


    WOD -AMRAP 12 Min

    10 Floor Press 155#
    5 Ring Rows

    Total – 8 rounds and 5 Floor Press (All Floor Presses unbroken)

    Thanks for the class Amanda 🙂

  8. Mobility
    WU X 1
    Group Mobility/WU

    Floor Press X 5


    WOD -AMRAP 12 Min

    10 Floor Press 65#
    5 Ring Rows

    Total – 8 rounds

  9. Mobility
    WU X 1
    Group Mobility/WU

    Floor Press X 5


    WOD -AMRAP 12 Min

    10 Floor Press 155#
    5 strict pull-ups

    Total – 5 rounds+4 pull-ups

  10. Mobility
    Group mobility and WU

    Strength Floor press x5

    10 Floor presses 75#
    5 Ring rows
    5 rounds 8 floor presses

    Cashout 1min plank
    Great class Amanda.

  11. Mobility
    Group WU

    Strength: Floor Press

    10 Floor Presses @ 155
    5 String Pullups

    7 Rounds + 8 Presses

    Thanks Coach Amanda I think I like these morning workouts.

  12. Mobility
    WU X 1
    Group Mobility/WU

    Floor Press X 5


    WOD -AMRAP 12 Min

    10 Floor Press 155#
    5 strict pull ups

    5 Rd + 4 pull ups ( dropped to 135 after 2 rds)

    Cash out 60 second plank
    500 my row

    Fun class Amanda

  13. Mob
    Group warm up

    Strength – floor press
    40/45/50/55/60/65 (failed) 62. PR sets of 5

    Amrap- 12 mins
    10 – floor press @ 55
    5- ring rows -strict
    score: 6ROUNDS & 3 Press

    Great class Amanda!

  14. Thanks for your story Melissa H. You bring a positive attitude to all work outs. Congrats to you on all your hard work. It is paying off.

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