In September of 2012, I started my CFP journey. I had been at BSC for three years and prior to that Jazzercise. I never considered myself an athlete, so when I was introduced to CFP, I was terrified. It only took a few days and I was hooked. I am a pretty competitive person, and although my body was saying no, my mind was saying yes. I started working out 6 days a week and was getting strong. I was no longer the last person to finish the WOD. People were starting to look up to me. That made we want to do better. I was getting PR’s, I was running (never ran before CrossFit), my stamina was increasing and I was competing. I was physically and mentally stronger. I had great new friends. I had great new confidence. I enjoyed getting up everyday and working out. Fast forward 5 years, I am still enjoying all those things and now CrossFit isn’t just a workout, it a way of life for me. At 59, I feel better than ever.
Prototype of the Month: Jean Hanks
1.) Share your CrossFit Prototype experience and fitness journey
2.) What is your favorite part about being at CFP?
I have so many favorite things about CFP, but I have to say the people. The coaches are the best. From the first day until now, I have seen a commitment like no other. They want you to do well, be happy, healthy, strong and they will go out of their way to make that happen. I have been to other boxes and I just feel happier and safer at CFP. No matter how long I have been at CFP, I still get the same instruction and explanation on a daily basis that the new members get and I love that. They don’t assume you don’t need to hear it again. My CFP peeps are the best. For 3 years at BSC, no one EVER looked over at me and said “good job”. The instructors never said “since it’s been 2 years, why don’t you try more than 5 lbs on the bar”. When you hit a PR, they are there to celebrate with you and when you are struggling, they are there to pick you up and encourage you. We go out to dinner, drinks and we have parties at CFP: and at peoples homes. It’s my new family and I love it.
3.) What are your hobbies and activities?
Outside of CFP, my favorite thing to do is make greeting cards. I love to snowshoe, hike, ride my bike, sail, vacation, play bingo, play with my grandkids, entertain and lose my mind on the beach looking for sea glass.
4.) How has (if it has) CFP helped you outside the gym (in sports etc)?
One of the most significant ways CFP has helped me outside the gym is when I had breast cancer. Here I was terrified again. I knew I had to stay strong physically and mentally to make it through the next year. What better place to do that than at CFP. Everyone was so respectful. People sent me cards, came to my house with gifts and made dinners for my family. People shaved their heads and my head. Where do you find people like this? At CFP. I didn’t want to be treated any differently and I wasn’t. I was yelled at to go faster, harder. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I made it through the year and felt blessed everyday that I had my CFP family with me.
5.) What are you continuing fitness goals to this point?
I certainly see myself doing CrossFit in some way, shape or form until I can’t do it anymore. Right now, I just want to continue to stay healthy, hit the RX button now and again, get an occasional PR and continue to have fun. I will continue to cheerlead for CFP because I believe many people can benefit from it.
My two favorite quotes are “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and “We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”.