“From a high school athlete, to a college athlete (eat ’em up kats!), to a 30+ year old school teacher who worked out at the local gym, I had always loved being active. In 2007 I ruptured 3 discs in my lower back. This sucked. I was told I would never lift weights or run again. I was destined to swim and use the elliptical forever. So, I did…..for many years, but I was still in constant pain. I started trying some things on my own – lifting weights here and there & doing some core work. I noticed that as I did these things, my back pain was less intense. Could I be onto something? About this same time, a friend at work convinced me to try a class at CrossFit 1836. So, I did. At 5am (ugh) and I was hooked. I loved every minute of it! The encouragement from the coaches to better yourself, the relationships you build within the gym and the variety in workouts from day to day definitely spoke my “love language”!
I hear it so often, “Should you really be doing CrossFit with your back injury?” For me, CrossFit is the reason I am not in pain everyday of my life. Through the programmed workouts and lifting, my core stabilization muscles are now strong enough to support my body and take pressure off of my discs. Back injuries are debilitating, they truly affect your quality of life. Finding CrossFit 1836 was life-changing for me.
My proudest moment so far: I am absolutely, positively most proud of the changes I have made in my eating habits and my diet. (I am also very proud of my first bar muscle up too).
My best CF1836 story is the of the greatest CrossFit 1836 member ever, Mozelle Matilda….. if you want to hear these stories, come find me!”
– Robin Pullen