Deena Medley


Deena Medley



Deena Medley2My first introduction to CrossFit was through Robert and Anna Howell. It sounded like fun and their enthusiasm for it was hard to dismiss but it sounded a little “out there” and very intimidating for a non athletic person like myself. I was also at a point in my life where I really wanted to shape up and start eating better as well as exercising. Plus, my sister, who is a doctor, kept harping on me to start exercising.

I’d never been athletic, worked out, or played any sports my entire life but I thought I’d give it a shot. In college, I tried kick boxing for a while but it was more like glorified aerobics. We never actually kicked anything but the air while we stared at ourselves in the mirror. I soon got burnt out and board. I couldn’t keep this up forever. Plus, weirdly enough, kickboxing messed up my knees.

Then a few years later, I thought I’d give “exercising” another go. I tried doing my own thing in our basement (pushups, squats, situps, etc.) and even started running (which I hate to do). I soon burnt out on this as well and just couldn’t keep it up. It was so incredibly boring and not very motivating.

Finally, I just decided to bite the bullet and pay for CrossFit and hope that this “exercising” would work. At least it would keep my sister from nagging me anyway. It was really intimidating to even start because of the stories I heard from Robert and Anna about what people could do and I wasn’t anywhere even near that!

I can still remember my first day and my first WOD – 50 pull ups, 10 burpees, 40 pull ups, 20 burpees, 30 pull ups, 30 burpees, 20 pull ups, 40 burpees, 10 pull ups, and 50 more burpees. I cut the WOD in half and it still killed me! What a way to start a newbie! But for some strange reason . . . I loved it!!! Yes, you can call me crazy.

Laura was a really awesome coach for me that summer and helped me get started. I’ve loved it ever since. I like the variety of WODs and how every day is different. You never know what to expect. I never get bored and there’s always something that I can be working on to get better. I also like how encouraging and motivating everyone is at the gym.

When I first started, I had never ever lifted weights before and now I am throwing them up above my head! I couldn’t run a mile, now I can do 5Ks. I could barely deadlift 135# and now I’m at 200#. I couldn’t do a single pullup and now I can do 12 in a row. I could barely jump over a rope and now I can do 30 DUs in a row consistently. I had never been upside down before in my life and now I’m upside down doing push ups (HSPU)! My knees use to bother me and now I rarely have a problem with them. I could never have imagined enjoying a workout and now I’m getting up at 5am to do them with no problem.

It’s been nice to be so versatile. I could do a 5K with any of my “running friends” at a drop of the hat. I can also keep up with my sister doing weights on machines at a “regular gym.” I could move my own furniture when we packed up at the end of the school year. In fact, I helped my sister move all of her stuff. Just the 2 of us girls moved all her belongings, including several heavy items and a sleeper sofa couch – all of this up 2 flights of stairs.

I love it so much that even a box jump injury resulting in 10 stitches and a trip to the ER at 5:30 in the morning didn’t keep me away. I can’t believe how much I’ve progressed and how much I can do in just one year of CrossFit. I never got l even close with a year of kickboxing or my own running, etc.

AND . . . I can do all of this only working out 3 days a week.