by Jess Schneible

When I first started at UPCF I had no clue what CrossFit was. All I knew is that I wanted to get into shape and be able to live a long healthy life. I aspire to be as fit as I am now at 80 years old.

I remember being scared to walk into the gym for my first session knowing that what I was about to do was way out of my comfort zone! My intro to CrossFit was just working some basic movements like squats, sit-ups and pushups; a basic test to see where I was physically. I left feeling confident in what I was signing up for. For the first year or so I had not a single clue what I was doing! I couldn’t remember which movements were which and I didn’t feel sure of myself. All I knew was that in some way this is what was going to make me a better human being.

Fast forward to today; I have put in a lot of hard work to be where I am right now, in and out of the gym. What I thought was going to be just a consistent workout regimen turned into way more! From UPCF, I have gained so much more than a healthy lifestyle. I have gained a community of people who all share the same goal: To be the best version of themselves. I know way more now than I did 5 years ago but I still have a long way to go. I fully believe that the learning curve that CrossFit threw at me was, and always will be, the best part of everything I do in the gym, whether it be as a coach or as an athlete. If you’re starting out and you’re scared or unsure, trust the process because you might fall in love with the journey just like I have!