Why I Work Out at CrossFit Manassas – Tarren

Douglas Esposito Athlete Profiles, Bored, Goals and PRs, Members' Stories, Programming, Workout Partners

“My entire athletic career focused upon competing in subjective sports where what others think of you mattered more than what you think of yourself. As a former gymnast, competitive/collegiate cheerleader, competitive hip hop dancer and later fitness pole dancer, I have been fortunate enough to compete and win at the local, national and even the international level. It was after the preparation for my second European competition when I realized I needed a change.

In subjective sports you can develop a low self esteem, even when competing at the highest level. As an athlete, I was constantly compared to others, whether it was people of a different squad or the athlete that stood next to me. My own goals and accomplishments were often downplayed because another athlete could do more. I found myself in a rough place where I could no longer self-motivate to accomplish an athletic goal.

Finding CrossFit saved me from the life I was leading and introduced me to my biggest competition: myself. I started my journey in England and found a place I could call home. Moving back to America meant I needed to find a new gym. I wanted a place where people motivate and coaches take the time to make sure I was pushing myself. I was looking to recreate the same atmosphere that had given me back my confidence. Lucky me, I found CrossFit Manassas.

I spent two months following the programming while still living in England and even talked to my coaches from my former gym for recommendations. I emailed CrossFit Manassas staff regularly asking questions and was always given a prompt response. As someone who found a love for Olympic and Power lifting, I wanted a place that offered programs where I could excel in these areas. My second day back in the country, I went to CrossFit Manassas to visit. It instantly felt like home. I felt welcomed from the moment I walked into the gym and have not looked back since.

The programming was exactly what I was looking for. Head Coach Douglas builds programming in cycles that continuously peek my interest and all of the coaches are very receptive to helping me reach my goals. I am an athlete that sets several goals through out the year and my coaches help me to prioritize and ensure that the goals I am setting for myself are obtainable. The coaches have even helped me to adapt workouts so that I could prepare for and meet the required standards of physical fitness testing for employment.

It does not matter which class I attend, I am constantly challenged by workout partners who encourage me and refuse to let me give up on myself. Because of the coaching and workout partners, I have pushed past goals and constantly set new ones from lifting PR’s to taking a second off a run or row time. It doesn’t matter how I feel when I walk in, I know I walk out being better than yesterday.”

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