We would love to be able to tell you Jessica Barber’s life changed forever two years ago when she first laid eyes upon the Grand Trunk CrossFit float at the 2016 South Lyon Pumpkinfest Parade.
We would love to be able to tell you that, upon seeing our float and our marchers walking down the street, she decided right then and there that CrossFit was going to be her salvation to a better life.
But we can’t.
We can’t say that because Jessica already had a pretty good life when she attended the parade. She had been living in the area for a few years after moving downstate from northern Michigan, had a three kids with her husband of eleven years, and a good job that afforded her a lot of flexibility.
Like we said: life was good.
But Jessica always had this nagging feeling that she wasn’t as fit as she could be; that she wasn’t as fit as she wanted to be. Having kids was the greatest thing to happen to her in her life, but she wanted to get her body back on track to where it was when she played co-ed softball and did events like Bike MS to stay active.
“I was never disappointed in my physical appearance after I had kids,” said Barber. “But I had, for a long time, a general feeling of being uncomfortable with my weight, so I wanted to find something to help me battle that feeling.”
After she saw the Grand Trunk CrossFit float, and stalked the GTCF website for a few weeks, she finally got up the nerve to reach out to the owner, Brooklyn Netherton, to inquire about giving it a shot.
It helped, Jessica thinks, that she wasn’t completely unfamiliar with CrossFit. Her sister was a member of a box in northern Michigan, so she knew it was challenging and the athletes worked hard every day. But aside from those two aspects – and the fact that they did rope climbs – that was the extent of her familiarity.
“Brooklyn understood my hesitation of finding time for both my family and fitness and encouraged me to just give it a try,” said Barber. “I love that I can bring my boys with me; I get a great workout and set an example for them that fitness can be fun.”
Jessica says she still didn’t know what to expect, but nearly two years later, she loves every second she spends at Grand Trunk, even if every workout pushes her to her physical limit.
“Every WOD is different but it’s all challenging,” she adds. “And the coaches are amazing. Brooklyn and Diana are so good about pushing you to be your best self that it’s hard to leave without a smile on your face, even though they pushed you through hell.”
Since beginning her tenure at Grand Trunk CrossFit in 2016, Jessica has lost thirty pounds and has put herself in a better spot, as far as moving her body goes. Even when she can’t participate in full – like when she had to undergo physical therapy – the coaches help her to modify the WOD and then push her to, at the very least, move, which is a good reminder for anyone.
“CrossFit isn’t for everybody, but everybody can CrossFit,” said Barber.
Truer words may never have been spoken.
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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin
Life is unpredictable and sometimes in our sports, exercise, and daily life we come out of these unpredictable situations a little bit worse for the wear…
Some folks try to prevent these situations from happening through avoidance, but if you want to have a high quality of life I highly recommend you adopt a strength training program as your physical insurance program. This is certainly a much more proactive approach to mitigating physical injury than hoping for the best.
“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” -Herschel Walker
Or if you are an athlete like Robert Griffin III, you may want to consider the risk factors of your sport. Robert, aka RG3, came into the NFL and was an instant phenom and fan favorite for his dazzling display of athleticism that was so uncommon in quarterbacks. His jukes, spins, and leaps were no match for the demands professional football places on an athlete and RG3 has spent most of what was once a promising career watching from the sideline, injured.
You see, despite his athleticism, RG3 has not trained in a way that reinforced a fundamental movement pattern. As we look at the series of pictures highlighting the windup before an explosive jump, We see a valgus knee fault where his knees cave in creating a very compromised position for the joints of his lower extremities. Even though not all injuries are preventable, by focusing more on proper technique and exercises that stabilized the knee joint rather than increasing strength and speed RG3 may have avoided some major injuries in his career.
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” -Beverly Sills
So what should a workout look like?
Exercise should replicate natural human movement patterns. The ones we encounter on a day to day basis. Squat, lunge, hinge, push, pull, rotate and walk. Most exercises fall into at least one and sometimes several of these movement patterns. By addressing all of them in our training we not only improve our functional strength but also prepare our bodies for anything life could throw at them.
In one study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine there was an 88% overall reduction in ACL injury rate in an intervention group of soccer players who participated in an injury prevention program. The right knowledge and a little consistency can go a long way when it comes down to keeping your body healthy.
Is your current training program addressing mobility, recovery, full range of motion, and then total body strength?
If you have suffered from injuries in the past or have concerns with your mobility it is important to address those with your trainer or coach. They will be able to help you by assessing the area of concern and designing a program to help you improve function with goals and checkpoints along the way. It is not always fun, easy, or sexy to do but giving attention to our problem areas will be easier to do the sooner you start.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” -Muhammad Ali
Don’t be the dad who throws out his back building sand castles at the beach. Talk to one of our coaches and we’ll help you tackle your challenge areas today!
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