CFNT Community in Merritt's Words:

Power Cleans 3-3-3-3-3 Start with 750 m row 5 rounds 2 HSPU’s 4 power cleans 185/135 14 Box Jumps 20/16 Post L Sits 90 seconds total hold time

In her own words:

Greetings CFNT community! I asked the fabulous coaches if I could write a post for today that covers a couple topics, one being the amazing-ness that is our CFNT community and another about the In-Memory WOD for today.

Today’s workout has been chosen to honor the memory of two friends that unexpectedly left this world on this day last year. As the one-year mark rolled around I have been thinking about those friends and have recognized the importance of surrounding myself with friendly faces. So much has changed in the past year for me including moving back to Indiana, starting a new job, and of course, being introduced to CrossFit. I can’t say enough good things about CF and how it has changed my life. I am sure we all have a story about what made us walk into the CFNT box one day and say “yes” to the challenge of completing the mentally and physically tough WODs. Here is my story in a nutshell: I moved to Indy in October. My new job is located on Delaware St (across the street from CFNT) and each day I lived the commuter lifestyle, parked my car, and walked along the cultural trail to the office. Only two days living in the “real world” after being in the “academic world” for seven years and I was less than enthusiastic about this new lifestyle. I had moments where I wondered if anyone was actually happy in the city, since every person I walked by/drove by looked depressed or angry. My glass was definitely half-empty. Then one day, a person on a bicycle, Starbucks-in-hand, and a smile on his face rolled past me and simply said “Good Morning!” before continuing to stroll into the garage door of the an ordinary unmarked concrete block building. We all now know as this CFNT box. I paused and thought, “finally a happy person! Now what in the world is in that building- more happy people?” After work that day, I stopped by and talked to that friendly cycler, Coach Peter, and asked about it. I had heard of CF before, but never gave it much thought. I pledged to come back and try it out and long story short, became an immediate fan of CF. It is one of the best decisions of my life to join CF and since beginning in October, the benefits just keep coming. One of the best benefits, which I didn’t almost believe to be possible when Peter mentioned it on day one, is the idea of the gym as a “community”. As the months roll by and new members are joining daily, our community is getting better and better! During those tough WODs, I know that I am not alone out there because the CFNT community is always so supportive, encouraging and pushing me to give it my all. Events like this past Saturday at the Indiana Ice Hockey game where the CFNT group puts away the spandex pants and colorful sneakers for a night and hangs out remind me how lucky I am to be part of this community. I was scared to start a new chapter in my life in a new city, but thanks to the amazing CFNT community, I have met so many new people and made new friends! I want to thank each and every one of you that have welcomed me into your life!

So, on this day I want to honor my lost friendships, while also celebrating all the new friends I have made while being part of the CFNT community. Emily and Aaron were both very active individuals with an unbelievable amount of heart. So, please join me today in honoring them with an extra amount of determination and effort in the WOD! Happy Monday to all!

  *Photo- rocking the colorful Inov8 kicks: Leslie G, Megan T, Stephanie A, and myself]]>

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