November is such a great month to be chosen as Athletes of the Month. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we have so many things to be thankful for. We are the Strickland’s, Eddie, Tracey and Grant. One of the things we are most thankful for is having the courage to join CFB and to become part of this incredible community.
Eddie and I hesitantly joined CFB in June 2017 and Grant joined earlier this year. I say hesitantly, because we are older than the average Crossfit athlete, Eddie 48 and Tracey 49. We have various aches and pains and we were afraid Crossfit would only cause more aches and pains. The workouts had the complete opposite effect. We have seen tremendous gains in strength and endurance. We have cleaned up our diet, have lost weight/fat and Eddie has been able to stop taking some of his blood pressure medications.
If someone would have told us 5 years ago that we would be lifting weights and learning how to do handstands, pull-ups, cleans, etc. at ages 48 and 49, we would have told them they were crazy! But here we are, doing those very things, lifting weights and getting stronger every single day.
Grant is younger than the average Crossfit athlete, 14, and is still figuring out what to do with his rapidly growing body. He has grown over 6 inches in less than a year and is still growing. Crossfit is not only helping him become stronger, it is giving him confidence and courage in the gym as well as in school and other activities. Grant is in band and plays tuba. During the summer when the band practiced marching in the miserable Texas heat, Grant did not struggle at all. He is proud of his accomplishments and loves representing CFB by wearing his CFB t-shirts to school.
For us, Crossfit is more than a gym, it’s a family. It’s a community providing a positive and encouraging environment. Is it hard, yes! Is it worth it, yes, 100%! We try every single day to become better versions of ourselves and we can thank our Crossfit community and our amazing coaches for helping us achieve our goals.
Be Awesome! (The Strickland family motto)