75lbs between last summer and this summer – a lot can happen in a year. I’ve bounced in an out of gyms since leaving the military, but this past year I was driven to be in better shape than when I left boot camp more than 10 years ago. This month marks a year that I’ve been with CrossFit Algiers. I wouldn’t be celebrating this success without them. All bodies are good bodies, but I wanted mine to be the healthiest and strongest it could be. Next stop: Camellia Championships in August! ?
I’ve been doing this CrossFit thing for a while, and I was starting to lose my love for it. After moving to New Orleans, I was overwhelmed by the amount of options within an acceptable travel radius. Despite the number of gyms, it took me a long time to find the right box for me in New Orleans.
I’m picky, so my new home had to have the right mixture of a positive and welcoming community, passionate and educated coaches, well-thought-out programming, and the right equipment to get the job done.
A majority of the local boxes had some of these attributes, but CrossFit Algiers has them all. From my first drop-in, it was clear that everyone was having fun. Regardless of the workout, regardless of the ages or strengths of the athletes, people were enjoying the difficulty and finding solace in the supportive atmosphere. Coaches actually gave cues and pushed you. They made people scale to the right weights. They looked out for safety first, which is huge. Fun, tough, fair … That’s old-school CrossFit to me. That’s what I had been searching for.
It wasn’t long before I started making friends and looking forward to the next day’s challenge. I had fallen in love with CrossFit again. It’s great that after 5 years of doing this sport, I found a community that could challenge me while making it fun again. That’s a rare find. Hope you check it out.