In November of 2014, I had arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus. I was in the best shape of my life before I was injured and I was afraid that I’d never regain the level of fitness I’d need to fully recover. My doctor told me that, since I had no arthritis, I should expect to be getting back to normal in about six months. Although I knew I had a great chance to recover, he didn’t exactly say I would be back to what I considered normal.
About 6 weeks after my surgery, I started looking for a CrossFit gym because, prior to my injury, I’d tried out a few and knew the workouts were intense and efficient, which is exactly what I knew I needed. In my head, I was just hoping my knee would hold up. I called Crossfit Turbine, which was very close to my home, and took advantage of the three free trial sessions. I was immediately impressed, but wasn’t ready to join since I wanted to be certain I’d find the right place and I wanted to be certain that I didn’t get injured again while I was trying to recover from the surgery. I tried three other gyms in the area and decided on Turbine because I was so impressed with the coaches, their knowledge, and their strict attention to form. It wasn’t long before I noticed that the range of mobility with my knee was improving quickly and I also noticed that some of the portions of the workouts helped develop strength in parts of my body I never even noticed were weak. I also noticed that the workouts were actually forcing me from overcompensating for my injury.
Seven months later, I’m doing things I’ve never even attempted – like five rounds of twenty-five second handstand holds and power lifts. Until I joined Turbine, I never even attempted things that I now do regularly – and safely. I’m pushing myself because my goal now is to transform my body and be as fit and as strong as I’ve ever been. Through the guidance of Crossfit Turbine’s coaches, I’m confident that I can also prevent another injury. After my surgery, I had some doubt that I’d ever get back to where I was. I knew I just couldn’t accept anything less than what I was before my injury. I’m very thankful that I’ve had the right things appear in my life at the right time and I can’t think of anything that’s more important to me than my health. I never want to be physically dependent on anyone ever. If your body breaks down, you lose the most important thing you need to experience this physical world we live in. Don’t let that happen – and it shouldn’t when there is a place like Crossfit Turbine. An amazing level of fitness can be achieved by anyone, regardless of age. It’s all about your desire to live and experience life to it’s fullest. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Our bodies will do whatever our spirits will and it’s an amazing feeling to experience! I did it and so can you. Thanks to everyone at Crossfit Turbine. The timing was perfect!