January 18, 2011

One of our newest Crossfit athletes(she has been rolling Jiu Jitsu with the guys for a few months now) posted this in a note on facebook the other day (I asked her permission to share it with you). I literally sobbed when I read this, in public. Tears of joy! Connor reminded me of how fortunate I am to be part of a gym like Undisputed Fitness, a uniquely nurturing and supportive place. That I am lucky enough to help facilitate positive change and growth in courageous and dedicated individuals is a dream come true! At Undisputed, we are not only bettering our bodies, we are striving to surpass our perceived limitations, setting goals and accomplishing them, then raising the bar and shooting for the stars!

“I wasn’t always a “big girl” until a few years ago I was a size 2. The shit seriously hit the fan in my life and I turned to food to make myself feel better. It didn’t make me feel better. It made me feel much, much worse.

Just over a year ago I was overweight, depressed and really sick.

I went to the doctor in late December of 2009.

I had completely ruined my endocrine system. My hormones were all over the map and I was a few pounds away from being a full-blown diabetic. I was scared and I didn’t know what to do. My doctor told me to start by drastically changing my eating habits. That didn’t feel like enough.

I used to drive by Undisputed Fitness almost everyday on my way home. Now I work out there almost everyday on my way home.

On my way home from the doctor I stopped. I sat in my truck and wrestled with myself and trying to not let my lack of self-confidence get the better of me. I finally forced myself out of the truck and through the door of the gym. I spoke with Tait. He asked me if I would be interested in doing Jiu Jitsu. I said yes, thinking “What the fuck is Jiu Jitsu?” I knew enough to know it was a kind of martial arts… I was in a MMA gym but that was about it so I googled Jiu Jitsu on my phone as soon as I got in my truck. I wondered what I had gotten myself into but figured anything was worth trying and it might actually help. I went to the gym for an intro with Ben. It was the most fun I had had in years! I signed up for a full membership that night. After a week I felt a change in my body and it was great! All of the guys made me feel so comfortable and like my old self again. I was fairly consistent at the gym for a few months but was also being treated for the various health problems that were budding due to my physical state. The medications that I was on made me very nauseous and that made working out difficult and quite frankly I was scared of pushing myself so I quit.

After getting my health completely under control and being back at the gym doing BJJ for a few months, I started Crossfit…two weeks ago. The past two weeks have been life changing. During first few workouts I was convinced I was going to die or barf or barf and then die. But I didn’t. I have gotten stronger and faster and fitter…IN TWO WEEKS! My pants are considerably looser…IN TWO WEEKS! I have been going to Crossfit four times a week in addition to a few good BJJ classes over the past few weeks and last week I even went to 4:30 Crossfit and then 5:30 BJJ. I didn’t think I would be able to do a single Crossfit workout much less both in one day. I didn’t think I would be able to do anything like that, ever, and yet I am gearing up to do it again tomorrow. TWO WEEKS!

If you think you can’t do it…you’re wrong…I did it…you can too…I promise…

I am not back to my old self just yet but I will be and everyday I get stronger and faster and better. And it is awesome!

It is not about who’s the fastest or who used the most weight. It’s about showing up and sweating and being the best you, you can be.

And…it feels fucking awesome!!

Thank you UNDISPUTED FITNESS! Especially all you coaches…you are amazing!”

-Connor Anderson




very inspirational! good job & thanks for sharing your story!! i’m starting crossfit tomorrow! :)

Comment by Steph Harris-Bailey — January 19, 2011 @ 7:12 am

Mobility WOD