I was diagnosed with MS about 12 years ago. I was told not do any strenuous exercise because I couldn’t recover from it and it could be harmful.
At the time I started CrossFit, I was worried about how I would physically get myself to work daily and continue to take care of a household. I was thinking only of making sure I could keep myself going, take care of myself and get to work. I was worried about having to depend on a wheelchair and how I would maneuver myself around in the wheelchair. I was also concerned about my strength and how I would continue with my normal day-to-day well-being. I was so weak I couldn’t walk more than a couple of blocks, and I feared what the future held and was worried I would need to be taken care of.
The day I met Nina she told me, “Everyone starts somewhere...you just need to start”. What a life changing journey this has been! I can’t thank her enough!
Nina and CrossFit saved me from a fate of possible immobility.
I had tried physical therapy, warm water pool exercise and my own form of exercise with no improvement.
Nina, I don’t know where I would be without you!!!!!
Fast Forward to 2017.
I can ride an assault bike. That doesn't seem like a big feat but when I first came to gym, I couldn’t even get on the bike. Being able to get on and ride it took me a year.
My rowing has improved tremendously. I started at 100 meters and that was very tiring. I can now row several miles in a training session.
I could not lift anything over my head, let alone a barbell with 45 pounds. Now I am confident when lifting over my head as my balance, while lifting, is improving.
I did not go upstairs or even try. It’s still not my favorite thing to do, but I can do it!
I never imagined I could do anything like battle ropes, push ups, sit ups, work with dumbbells, squats, burpees, push a sled, drag a sled, flip a tire, hang from a bar, and lift weights over my head. If I can’t perform an exercise, Nina scales it so I am able to do it. The list of things I can do now is much longer than the list of things I can’t do! I am not afraid to try new things like I was before, as I was always worried I would fall. Now I know I can get back up!
I am not worried about the future and very much enjoy what I can do now.
I have even signed up for two competitions for adaptive athletes. I never could have imaged trying something like this let alone getting to the finish line.
I have met so many inspiring and supportive people at my gym! Every time I am there I learn something new and I am improving.
I remember what Frank told me one day, “You will be amazed at what you can do”, well Frank, I am amazed.
I think CrossFit is for everyone at any level and any age. The time I spend at the gym ensures I can enjoy myself more when I am not at the gym. I now look forward to activities that were once a struggle.