Mary always enjoyed running. It wasn’t until she saw a picture of herself from a local 10k race in 2010 (to the left) that she said “Woa, it is time to do something”. She started taking spin classes, hitting the treadmill and I even joined Weight Watchers at work. Weight began to drop, clothes were looser and she started to get excited about working out. After six months of cardio, the typical plateau occurred and she became frustrated again. She was working with some folks in HR at work and that’s when she met Jessica Cognata. Jess was talking about a Groupon she just purchased for Flower City CrossFit Bootcamp and was looking for someone to join her. Mary said she would give it a try! Jess and Mary had a meeting to plot out when they would be able to go to classes and made a promise to push one another no matter how much it sucked! They both did bootcamp and then joined CrossFit. Fast forward to today (July 2012 pictures below), one year after joining Flower City CrossFit. Mary says she is in the BEST shape of her life. She states:
'"One of the things I love most about CrossFit is that it keeps my body guessing all the time and it challenges me physically and mentally. It’s the intensity of the workouts that creates results. I’ve seen results on the scale (almost down 70lbs from that picture above), in the way my clothes fit (down 6 sizes!), my running times have improved, and most of all my attitude and confidence is great. Never in my life did I see myself flipping tires, participating in a Tough Mudder, or doing a pull up, but now I have! Not only have I felt better physically, CrossFit has helped me excel at work and has made me a better wife. My husband noticed how CrossFit had impacted my life and joined FCCF last November too. Together we follow a Paleo lifestyle and push and support one another at every workout, race, and event to be our very best.
It’s not all about the fitness either. The CrossFit community is by far like no other. What else would get me excited to wake up at 4am? The amazing coaching and the relationships developed is truly what make training fun and exciting. I’m surrounded by strong, beautiful, badass, positive people. It’s an honor to be a part of this community.
I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Jess for letting me join her, to Jeff and Laura for being the foundation of our gym, and to the trainers, members and my husband (the Jeffy) that encourage me and help me realize that nothing is impossible to accomplish.
CrossFit is that secret ingredient that has changed my life…and it feels AMAZING!"