People come to 2020 CrossFit in Prairie Village with all kind of fitness goals. Many feel like they’ve gotten totally out of shape, and are looking for a straightforward, structured way to get fit — maybe for the first time in their life. Some are looking to lose weight. And some are experienced athletes in other sports who are looking to change up their routine or find a better way to keep from getting injured.
For Julie Harris, a chance encounter with our building in the old Prairie Village Post Office led to a total fitness makeover, allowing her to get back to — and even surpass — the shape she’d been in before having for kids in five years.
Here’s Julie’s story in her own words:
I found 2020 CrossFit, quite literally, by accident. It had been two years since I had my last baby and I was in a serious rut. Before kids, I had always been athletic – running was my exercise of choice. However, having four babies in less than five years left me with absolutely no core strength and little muscle tone. I tried getting back into running, even training for a half-marathon with a typical distance running program, but was left riddled with injuries. After limping across the half-marathon finish line, I hung up my running shoes in utter frustration and quit exercising all together. One day, six months later, I happened to drive to the Prairie Village Post Office to mail a letter. To my surprise, the post office sign was gone. In its place was a large banner with the 2020 CrossFit logo. I admit, I was curious. I had a few friends in LA who were doing this CrossFit thing and absolutely loved it. I went home, looked up the website, contacted Jon, the owner, and signed up right away. To begin doing CrossFit from a zero level of fitness was quite a leap of faith. But I was determined to find my inner athlete again. The longer I worked with the 2020 coaches, the more I understood and trusted the process and it didn’t take long before I was hooked.
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Soon, I was working out in the gym four to five days a week and loving the challenge of every WOD (workout of the day), though I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. I was still eating like I had before joining the gym. I was stuck in the never-ending cycle of carb highs and sugar crashes and all of their side effects, namely headaches, joint pain, brain fog and mood swings.
In January, I participated in a gym-sponsored Paleo Challenge, in which you focus on eating real, whole foods and avoiding processed foods and sugar. It was truly a game-changer for me. I had never felt better – I could think clearly and calmly and the headaches and joint pain disappeared almost immediately. Of course, losing weight was one of the best results of the challenge!
One of my favorite things about 2020 is the sense of community. Every day, I am welcomed and encouraged and cheered on by my fellow classmates. I’ve loved it from the beginning because, even as a CrossFit novice, I wasn’t intimidated. I was doing the same movements as the pregnant woman to my right and the grandfather to my left. No matter your age, size or athletic ability, we are all in it together. It’s that kind of positive experience that keeps me coming back for more.
Nowadays, I credit 2020 with every success I have. I’ve been able to get back into running. This year, I’ve run a 10K as well as another half-marathon completely injury-free. I trained for both by ONLY doing CrossFit. I’m stronger, leaner, more confident and I’m proud to say that I have finally found my inner athlete.
It’s been almost a year now since that fateful day, finding the gym by accident. And I can say without a doubt, it’s the best accident I’ve ever had.
This Sponsored Column is written by Jon Rowley of 2020 CrossFit. 2020 CrossFit provides a positive and fun fitness environment dedicated to improving the lives of its clients. Contact 2020 CrossFit today.