By Kristin Steinmetz
There are many excuses I hear from people when I ask why they haven't tried CrossFit. A popular one is that they don't have the time. Whether it's work or family commitments, people insist they don't have an hour a day to devote to their health and well-being. Another one is "Well, I couldn't do that stuff". People think they have to already be strong and fit, or even more extreme, look like one of the CrossFit Games athletes before they even step into the box for a trial.
This is when I think about people like Ana Silva. She's a devoted suburban mom to a two and four-year-old. Her days are busy with game-playing, potty-training and tantrum-taming. And when she started CrossFit, she certainly wasn't overweight, but she had never done a proper squat or touched a barbell. When she started with us at TreeHouse she was also still struggling with alot of fear, especially with things like handstands.
Sounds like she could make a lot of excuses related to lack of time or ability...but she doesn't. Never has. She actually happens to have one of the best attendance records in the box. She prioritizes her workouts because she knows it makes her a happier, healthier, stronger wife and mom. She started with squat therapy and scaled and modified movements, all the while with a great attitude and an uncompromising level of determination.
She brings the kids to the gym and keeps one eye on them in the kids corner and one eye on the prize. If she's lucky, she'll get to the box for the 8:30 pm after bed times and on Sunday mornings. But with kids or without, morning or night, she gets her WOD in. She conquers her fears, pushes past her weaknesses and accomplishes her goals.
"As soon as my second child was born, I knew I wanted to now stay home with both my babies. My job was no longer fun, inspiring or exciting and I knew nothing would be more fulfilling that raising my children. I quickly learned that being a stay-at-home was more challenging, rewarding, and exhausting than any job I had before. Like many mothers, I devoted all my time to my family and forgot about who I was and never did anything that was just for me. I lost passion in myself.
Then I met a fellow mom, Kristin, who was always talking this and that about CrossFit. I never really paid much attention, but admired how passionate she was when talking about it. One night, when everyone was fast asleep and I was up late (as usual), I decided that I had enough of just focusing on laundry and cleaning up toys. I wanted something that was for me and I could be passionate about other than my family. I asked Kristin that night to come with me to a free trial class. The following Saturday I showed up and it changed my life. Through CrossFit, I've done things I never thought I'd be able to do...like run a 5K or climb a rope or lift weights heavier than 8lbs.
But it's more than that for me. It's given me a new passion for life. Now I feel like I can accomplish anything...even with 2 kids by my side. There are instances where I look around the box and see people who have been doing it for less time that are lifting heavier weights and doing WODs that are extremely difficult in less time and sometimes it gets overwhelming and I feel defeated, but I go back and keep working and don't give up. I push myself harder to lift the heavier weights and beat my previous times. That gives me a rush and sense of accomplishment. Not to mention all the wonderful friends I have made and all the support I get from my fellow athletes. It definitely is a community. I can't imagine where my head would be if I didn't have CrossFit to keep me sane."
So meet Ana - a seemingly ordinary mom doing extraordinary things; the face of CrossFit and the heart of CrossFit TreeHouse; Mom first, Beast second.