You don’t want to hear about me. I know this because before I started going to Clamtown CrossFit, I didn’t want to hear other people’s stories either. I just wanted to know what it could do for ME. There is nothing wrong with that, except that I will need to give you a little background on myself in order to tell you more. So, I’ll keep it short…
I’m 43 years-old. Married with 2 kids 10 and 14.
I have no time at all and constantly work from home as a freelancer alongside completing all the other household duties that everyone else thinks miraculously get done on their own. My physical being took a backseat for a long time because of all this and I was suffering. Back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain…you name it, I had it. I was miserable. Even a little depressed. (That’s hard to admit, but if I don’t admit it then I’d be doing you a disservice. It’s important to the story.)
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Like maybe you could’ve written it yourself with only a few tweaks here and there? I wanted to give you that background because I want you to know we may be fighting similar battles.
Getting to the point where you want to do something about it is hard. It was for me. When I finally decided to get physically active again, I spent money on home videos and would work out half-assed in my basement with no results or change in my physicality. Let me tell you, when you do that long enough with no result, the depression tries hard to take over. You start to think nothing will help you. You’ve wasted precious time and money. You think your body isn’t made for working out. It flat out sucks.
One day, I was sitting at the kitchen table with my husband who asked me if everything was alright. It wasn’t. I poured my soul out and told him how I’d been feeling. He suggested I just give Clamtown a try. He had been going for a few months already and loved it. They were having a fundraiser the next weekend, so I very grudgingly said ok.
When I went, the first thing I noticed was how calm I felt. That’s a strange feeling for me. I don’t really know how to deal with calm. It was almost spiritual how everyone there seemed so at ease. Even with the WOD looming on the board overhead, everyone complemented each other and didn’t seem nervous at all about anything. I soon learned that it was the calm before the storm, because man! the workout was hard. I left there so sore and tired and that feeling didn’t go away for a week.
But you know what else didn’t go away? My feeling of accomplishment. I actually did something that I never thought I could. I did burpees. I did wall balls. I laughed and joked with people I didn’t know. I got to tell my kids what I did and see their looks of amazement. It was the best I’d felt in years.
Something else that never went away was that calm feeling. I get it every time I show up. I know that everyone there can help me become what I want to be. I know that I have extremely knowledgeable coaches standing right with me every squat, lift, jump, pull-up, handstand (yes, handstand) and lunge to show me proper technique.
So here we are, about 6 months later – no more pains, no more depressing thoughts, no more doubt- and I have so much I want to share with you all. All the little things I’ve learned and gained along the way so far. I’m by no means a professional CrossFitter, but I just love it. I love the community at Clamtown CrossFit and want you all to know what it feels like to be a part of it.
Stay tuned for more in this series Clamtown CrossFit: From an Athlete’s Perspective where I’ll discuss topics like the mental aspects of a WOD, how I fuel myself to feel good, how to manage your time so you can get a workout in, what music pumps us up, and more.
Cindy Dudas is a freelance writer, wife, mom, lover of all foods except cilantro, and avid CrossFit fan. She’s been a part of the Clamtown CrossFit community since 2017. She has two blogs of her own: Whatever Works and What the Heck’s a Bonbon? and contributes to several publications including Jersey Bites. In her off time, you can find Cindy on some sort of sports field or court cheering her kids on. And she probably has snacks. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: @wthbonbon