“In June 2014, I took a big step in my wellness journey and completed my very first CrossFit workout at Kinetic Synergy/CrossFit Welland. In the past year, I have transformed from Couch Potato to CrossFitter. I have gone from being in poor health, dealing with autoimmune disease, high cholesterol, and at high risk for Diabetes… to working out 5 days a week and being in the best shape of my life. I used to feed my body junk and feel gross and tired, and now I fuel my body to perform and be strong and healthy.
I’ve lost over 30 lbs since starting CF and dropped 3 dress sizes. But despite this I have also learned not to worry as much about the number on the scale and instead to focus on the numbers on my barbell and on the time clock. Before, I couldn’t run more than 100m without a break and barely had the strength and energy to keep up with my kids. Now, my kids do CrossFit with me! I can do all sorts of things that I never imagined my body would be able to do. I was part of the KS/CFW team who ran the Grapes of Wrath 5km mud run this past June. I also participated in the 2015 CrossFit Open this past February and exceeded my own goal of wanting to finish anywhere above the bottom 20%; to my own shock, I ended up placing within the top half of female competitors worldwide.
CrossFit has made me stronger physically, mentally and emotionally. I am a better mom, wife, friend, and all-around person because I now have this amazing outlet that makes me healthy, strong and happy. Every single day since June 18, 2014 I continue to feel challenged, amazed and proud of what my body can do and am acutely aware of how awesome it makes me feel! I track my progress with every workout, every lift, every time score. I want to celebrate those moments every day because for the first time in my life, I have truly felt my own strength.
Gavin and the rest of the KS/CFW coaches welcomed me with open arms, showing me the path to fitness and healthy living. The members also make it an incredible place to be- it is an amazing network of support that truly feels like a family. I couldn’t possibly have known a year ago where I would be today. But I am so glad I started and I never want to stop.”
– MIRANDA VANDYKE