The year I started CrossFit (2017) was the most difficult year of my life. Having been an alcoholic and drug addict since adolescence, I knew I needed to change, but I didn’t know how to replace my self-destructive habits. A very good friend of mine, aware of my struggle, suggested that I try CrossFit with him.
I was unwilling and skeptical at first but figured anything would be better than continuing to live the life I was living. After accompanying him to CrossFit SteadFast one morning, I quickly developed a new, healthier addiction. All the coaches and other athletes were extremely welcoming and supportive. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced in the world of fitness. People genuinely cared about my wellbeing and progress.
I had been a member of another gym that I routinely visited a few times a week, but my workouts had become stale and boring. I would work the same glamour muscles (biceps, chest, back) during each visit. I probably hadn’t done a single squat since high school. When working out alone, I would stop as soon as I reached even the slightest level of discomfort.
CrossFit SteadFast has helped me crash through that barrier. Every workout leaves me with a new sense of accomplishment. With the help of CrossFit SteadFast in conjunction with a twelve-step program, I have been clean and sober for over eighteen months now. As a nurse working in the field of mental health, I encourage those struggling with addiction and/or depression to incorporate some kind of physical activity in their daily lives. CrossFit SteadFast has filled that niche for me. I am forever grateful to Brian, Sabrina, and the rest of my Steadfast family for helping me become the best version of myself.