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Member Spotlight – Kalen G – StrengthRX Crossfit

Member Spotlight – Kalen G

My first time ever doing CrossFit was in Arlington, VA  in 2011. I loved everything about it, the energy, the workouts, the challenge, the coaches and the community. As I moved around, I went away from CrossFit and took up running, attended other gyms and classes, but nothing stuck. I was leaving my one or two hour sessions not feeling satisfied with my workout or feeling like I could still do more. I wasn’t doing anything that was challenging me the way I needed to be challenged.

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Jeremy and I started doing CrossFit by ourselves when we were living in Lake Arrowhead (thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for using their equipment). Once I started back up, I found the little spark of challenge I was looking for. We moved down to LA , two blocks from StrengthRx and I started here in February 2016. Oh man, was that a wake-up call. When I worked out on my own, I thought my workouts were difficult, who was I kidding? My first workout at StrengthRx I thought I was going to die, I couldn’t finish the workout. It took me two days to recover and then I came back and tried again. I had found exactly what I’d needed in a workout, in coaches, in a community and most importantly in myself.

My first impression of CrossFit was that I loved it but could never do it, I think I even told myself I wasn’t “built for it” whatever that means. Obviously, now, it’s one of my favorite things to do, I know I can do it and the only person in my way is myself.

I am most proud of my will to get stronger, faster and better. A good example of that is that some days I have off days, just like everyone else, but I pride myself on showing up for myself and fighting for myself. It’s something that I have been able to apply to other aspects of my life.

I have a main goal and a next goal. I always have the same main goal which is to always say yes and just try. My internal voice is a bitch and tells me I can’t, so I challenge her.

My next goal is to build my confidence for Olympic Lifts. I get scared out of them very easily and I realize being scared of the lift is bleeding into every time I try it, so the fear hasn’t gone away, it’s probably gotten worse. I will achieve this goal by respecting the lift and trusting my body and not the bitch in my head.

So. Many. Favorite. Moments! I mean, winning the Halloween costume contest is up there for sure!

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The first class I went to was with Mike Anderson and I see him 3-5 times a week now, so my favorite moment is the one I had in the first class up to my most recent class which is a coach who doesn’t let me give up. He knows I can do it when I don’t and pushes me. He never let’s me be lazy and for someone who loves being lazy, it’s a gift when I fight for myself.

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