I joined CrossFit by accident. Since I was a teenager, I have had herniated discs in my lower back, for which I have had surgery and several other invasive procedures. Because of this, I was led to believe that weightlifting, and more specifically CrossFit was the worst possible thing I could to my body with this condition. After trying a class with a friend out of town once, I was hooked and completely wrong about all of my preconceived notions of what CrossFit was.
After explaining my injury and medical history to the coaching staff at NorthEast CrossFit, they modified almost every workout for me and found I was able to complete almost everything along with the class. This got me hooked. I always felt like I was so far behind everybody else when taking fitness and exercise classes. I was never as flexible or balanced as anyone in yoga and could never keep up with anybody in a cardio class. Weightlifting was just out of the question. After NorthEast CrossFit, all this changed.
The community is amazing and never once made me feel as though I could not keep up. Instead, even when my workouts were modified and I still was finishing last, the rest of the class would cheer me on and motivate me to push through some of the tougher workouts. Manny and the coaching staff at NorthEast CrossFit always check in on me and not only modified workouts to ensure they were safe, but monitored and pushed me when they knew I could do more.
Now, the coaches check in on me every time I am at the box and consistently recommend new exercises or stretches I can incorporate to make sure my back stays strong and healthy. I have been a member at NorthEast CrossFit for almost two years now and for the first time in over 10 years, cannot remember the last time I had serious back pain. I can say with confidence that NorthEast CrossFit has helped me change the quality of my life for the better and I believe I am fitter and healthier than I have ever been before starting here.