Why they didn’t want to do CrossFit at first…and what changed.

We’re sure you have some hesitation or another about joining CrossFit, or switching from another CrossFit gym. Below are eight stories of real people, with real fears, and what happened after they started with CrossFit Mystic.


“When I went to Planet Fitness, I was always uncomfortable and felt unwelcome in the weight lifting area. I wasn’t as fit as the others there, and felt judged, so I avoided it. I didn’t feel successful in trying to change my life just wandering around the overcrowded gym aimlessly without a goal.

When I saw Mary and Chris were opening the box I was a little weary of how intense it would be, andhow fit everyone around me would be. I don’t always fit in, period.

It definitely hit home how out of shape I was upon completing my first class in the garage.

I’m glad I took the plunge out of my comfort zone and signed up for 6 months.

The CrossFit community we have along with the coaches at our box are so inspiring, motivating, welcoming, and helpful that I actually want to show up and work out. It’s more than I could have ever hoped to be a part of, and I’m so thankful that I get to be included.

You really have helped change the way I feel about working out, nutrition, and most of all – myself. I remember crying when you first took my photos when I started my nutrition plan, and I never want to go back to that again.

Would I recommend CrossFit? Yes.

Would I recommend CrossFit Mystic? Absolutely.”

– Jayme D., member since August 2015

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“I initially didn’t want to join CrossFit because I was continually told that it was dangerous. There was no way that moving that fast could be good for me, and that I would be prone to injuring myself doing so.

For 2 years before I started CrossFit, I was a runner. My idea of a hard workout was a 6 mile run at a 10 minute pace. Prior to CrossFit I had never actually picked up a barbell. During those 2 years I can’t tell you how many times I was injured. Between my hamstrings, hips, knees, and ankles – it wasn’t a good time.

I’ve now been doing CrossFit for 14 months and have yet to have any injuries other than the aches and pains associated with working my body to exhaustion. Over the last several years of my fitness journey I’ve gone from 195lbs at my largest, down to 145lbs at my weakest (squatting body weight was painful), and now sit at 165lbs…so 20lbs of muscle gained through CrossFit.

The biggest takeaway I’ve had from CrossFit though, is not the fitness. Realistically I could go anywhere and exercise. The community is easily the best part of the box and what keeps me coming back every week. I’ve made more genuine friends over the last year than I can count (I only have so many toes and fingers).”

– Brent V., member since August 2015

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Nicole overhead carry outside“Was I THAT obvious about how much I did NOT want to join CrossFit? It took my husband a full year to convince me to join AND I bought the 21 Day Fix as a preparation workout. I felt I had to get physically ready to join CF so I wouldn’t completely embarrass myself.

I was PETRIFIED of the 9am class because so many of my husband’s co-workers were in it, and I was so intimidated.

And of course I didn’t want to justify spending ANY money on fitness. I felt my goal of “running” would be enough.

But now I LOVE it!! Really I do!!! I love it because every day the workout is different so I never get “stuck” doing the same thing over and over to the point where I get bored and quit. I love it because it’s always hard; no matter what level I’m working on, I can always challenge myself.

It’s a satisfying feeling to see the WOD and think ‘I don’t even know what that is or if I can do that’ and then after it’s over, I did it! Or a modified form of it.

Even when I don’t like the workout (like anything with the bar) I actually DO like it because I keep thinking I’m learning, and I’m getting it, and soon I’ll be comfortable with it.

I like it because everyone is so encouraging and inspiring, so it’s almost like going to hang out with friends. It’s not lonely or isolating like I thought it was going to be.

The Lurong Challenge was totally an extension of this too. Again, I did NOT want to join. And again, Eric signed up first and talked me into it, and I loved it.

The best motivating line you guys told me was, ‘You just start where you’re able. We have modifications!’. I do love modifications!”

– Nicole K., member since April 2016

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Jordan cleaning“I’ve always been a small kid. I played a lot of contact sports through school, but never really had the mass or power to perform top tier.

After high school I became really inactive for years. I wanted to get moving again; I wanted to be healthier and better then I was. I wanted to get over a fear of gaining weight that I had.

I’d heard of CrossFit in the past, and I’d look in the mirror and think how small I was and how there was no way I’d be able to handle that level of physical demand.

So I continued to tell myself I was going to get a conventional gym membership, but I never did, probably because I had no idea what I was doing at a gym.

A friend of mine was a member of CFM at the time and would keep telling me that I should come workout with her and give it a shot, and how great it was.

Finally I just did it. I got a hold of Mary, set up a time to talk about my goals and where I felt I was physically at the time.

The coaching was what I needed. I got through fundamentals, and here I am 6 months later: I went from not being able to pick up my 134lb body weight to being able to put almost 200lbs over my head. With their guidance I’ve put on almost 13lbs and have a goal of 13 more.

I have never been more wrong about what I was capable of doing or about CrossFit overall.

It’s an amazing community, an amazing lifestyle, and it’s achievable by anyone who puts in the effort.

– Jordan T., member since May 2016

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Steph pushing a sled“My initial hesitation in joining CrossFit was definitely the intimidation factor and the fear of not being able to keep up and always being the worst or last.

Before fully committing to CrossFit, I joined a work friend at her box to try a class as a “test run.” I was nervous but my feelings of intimidation almost instantly disappeared as I was welcomed by everyone and they all shared how long they had been doing CrossFit. I quickly realized that everyone was at different levels and that I wouldn’t be the lone “newbie.” I was amazed by the support and encouragement I received from other athletes during the WOD and became less focused on how I compared to everyone else. Right after that first class, I signed up for on-ramp classes right away and have been doing CrossFit for about 2 years now.

There are days where I still feel nervous about a particular WOD, but I no longer feel intimidated or self-conscious about my performance. I’ve learned to lean into our CrossFit community for encouragement on the days where I struggle and ask for help when I need it.

The community behind CrossFit is what makes me come back day after day, and I was extremely lucky to find the CrossFit Mystic community after I moved!

– Stephanie F., member since May 2016

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Kayla jump roping“When I think back to the many reasons I was so hesitant to start CrossFit, I most vividly remember always telling myself I can’t CrossFit because: ‘I am a long distance runner. I will get hurt lifting weights, and those injuries will jeopardize my running training routine. I will gain weight, become bulky, and that will slow my pace.’

I always found an excuse to not start CrossFit because it never seemed to fit in with the other sport I was training for and thought it would only hinder my running. Finally, I hit a point in my life where I needed to switch up my running regimen and decided to give CrossFit a go.

I trained primarily CrossFit while training for my first Boston Marathon – all those “I cants” still fresh in my mind, questioning if training CrossFit was going to make me less of a runner, wondering if today was going to be the day I hurt myself at the box, and waiting for the bulkiness to slow me down.

The Boston Marathon came, and I must say that I have never run a race feeling so strong in my life. I have never been able to stay that mentally and physically tough before. I have never recovered so fast.

Now, after being involved with CrossFit for over a year the “I can’t” that I used to tell myself has been replaced with “I can” and “I will,” because it has made me not just a better runner, but an all around better athlete.

Lifting weights, when done properly and efficiently, has not hurt me, but made me stronger and healthier. Gaining weight, or becoming bulky, doesn’t scare me anymore.

Making GAINS means working your ass off for whatever it is you want, and becoming the best version of yourself possible – and I am ALL about that lifestyle.

Joining CrossFit is definitely hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made. It doesn’t matter what sport you are training for or what “I cant” you had embedded in you.

If you have ever considered CrossFit but been hesitant to take the plunge, take that first step. It is life changing to see what type of person you’ve been holding back.”

– Kayla M., member since August 2015

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Kitima overhead press“So I waffled about joining CrossFit for over a year because I thought I needed to build up weightlifting fitness to even make it through a WOD without being crippled. I would get on then fall off a weightlifting regime at home.

I finally just joined without ever having lifted a barbell (because the one at home is 45lbs, and I was sure I couldn’t lift it) and figured I’d just be crippled. ?

I never expected to LOVE it as much as I do -especially the Olympic weightlifting part. I find the complex movements so interesting.

I know I’m on the steep part of the learning and progression curves right now but each workout feels like one step closer to being stronger and fitter. I look and the WODs on my days off and think ‘Oh man, I’m missing that!’

But mostly I feel a real sense of belonging to a family. I attribute that 100% to Mary and Chris for building this wonderful, accepting, and kickass community that I am honored to be a part of.

The culture of an organization definitely comes from its leaders; and the both of ours are exemplary.”

– Kitima B., member since June 2016

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