Sports have always been a huge part of my life. My childhood was filled with soccer practices, tennis lessons at Mashantum, completely packed Suburban car trips to away games, orange slices, post-game chicken sandwiches at Burger King (why?) and the extremely vivid image of my Dad on every sideline, behind every chain linked fence, and the chauffeur to every game or tournament.
I grew up playing & excelling at sports, and when I left college I found that adult life lacked that team sport element. I was now on my own to keep active, go to the gym and keep things exciting. There would be no more scheduled practices, no away games or matches, and no coaches pushing me to my limits. I now had to become my own coach.
As a person who is drawn to intensity, Crossfit had always been interesting to me. I had heard a lot about it before I participated in my first WOD, and I decided to commit myself to giving it a try while living in Portland, OR for those three intense months in 2013.
I was immediately hooked, and Crossfit became one of the most calming and therapeutic parts of my day. It was my solution to forgetting incredibly stressful days; the one place where my mind was taken off anything sad or stressful that was going on. I could think of nothing else but getting through the workout.
Crossfit has been a big part of my life for two years now, and I’ve found a second home at Reebok Crossfit Back Bay. I was immediately welcomed by everyone there, and the coaches have helped me lift weights I didn’t think I was capable of lifting.
So, it was my honor to capture the coaches go through the 2015 Opens at our gym this year; a series of 5 workouts that test standard Crossfit movements and rank athletes globally. Each workout was accompanied by triumph, pain, and best of all, overwhelming support of the athletes from everyone there. Here’s a glimpse of some of my favorite moments during the 2015 Opens.