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Marissa Baldwin

“My whole life I’ve struggled with my weight. I tried every exercise/diet program there was, I would lose weight, then gain it back. It was a constant roller coaster ride I needed to get off of. I also had other set backs, requiring multiple surgeries throughout the years. After my last  surgery I hit an all time low. I gained a whopping 30 pounds and lost all my confidence. Then I came across Crossfit. I’ve heard many different things about it, but the main thing that struck me was how it is a community. This community is what kept me going, not only did I have my incredible coaches, but an entire group of people telling me that I was good enough. I was slowly building my confidence, and learning I could do things I never thought I was able to do. Crossfit has challenged me physically and mentally. With each passing week I was breaking down these brick walls in front of me that I’ve built over the years, and to me, this was a huge accomplishment. With each tiny step, I’ve overcome huge obstacles. My coaches taught me how to believe in myself and how to get out of my own way. I’m stronger, more confident, determined, and those 30 pounds are gone. The best part is knowing it will not end here. Each week there is a new barrier to cross and I know I won’t fail, because I have this great community encouraging me every step of the way. This is what makes Crossfit so successful. It has helped me to love exercising, lifting, and most importantly, love myself. I’m forever grateful to this community and sport, for it has changed my life. “