What follows are the unfiltered thoughts from one of our newest athletes, Selena. She has agreed to document her journey through the first month of her CrossFit experience with us at CrossFit Regeneration. Click HERE to schedule your Free No-Sweat Intro with one of our expert coaches.
Here We Go…
By: Selena Alexander
As I reflect on the decision I made to walk into a CrossFit Box tomorrow, I feel a lot of different emotions—but the one that is the clearest to me is nervousness. At one point in my life, apprehension was a foreign concept to me, certainly as it pertained to physical challenges. As a former college basketball player, being an athlete and competing always came natural, until 2009 when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The diagnosis came as a shock to my then nineteen-year-old self, and the aggressiveness of the disease was even harder to wrap my head around. By 2012 I had had four surgeries, including a total knee replacement, in attempts to correct damage the rheumatoid had done to my once superiorly healthy body.
Needless to say, the gym in any form took the backseat. Today, I’m back to exercising (semi) regularly, without many limitations—other than the fact that I have limited range of motion in my right knee and elbow, and absolutely no range of motion in my left elbow. That’s right, it’s stuck in a fixed position, I can’t bend or fully straighten it at all. And let’s face it, CrossFit doesn’t look like the kind of activity where having limited mobility will serve me well. Won’t I need both of my arms to do this?! Not necessarily, according to CrossFit Regeneration owner Charlie Sims. When I shared my situation with Sims, he looked slightly shocked, but with almost no hesitation said it wouldn’t be problem, that he was excited even, to face the challenge of modifying CrossFit workouts to make them conducive to my restricted abilities.
There are still a few hours left before the journey begins, so there’s no telling how this all will go—but while I appreciate Charlie’s enthusiasm, I’d be lying if I said with complete confidence I’m not a little skeptical of his “no problem” attitude. I can hardly do anything with my upper body and this is CrossFit—isn’t that a problem? I anticipate awkward moments and pauses while he tries to figure out what I can do in place of push-ups, rope-climbs, wall balls, and any other elbow-bending exercises he may have planned for this group of “New You Challenge” accepters in the next four weeks.
However, I did in fact accept this challenge, and I will follow Charlie’s lead. Even in the midst of my skepticism, his reassuring attitude is about the only reason why I plan to walk through the doors of CrossFit Regeneration with an open mind and willingness to learn more about this sport. Here goes nothing—let the journey begin!