The following was written by Tanya Saffadi. She’s been with us for a few short months.
“So why did I start, well, I was like everyone else, I was too busy, I had no time, I had to focus on my full-time job or my family, anything other than myself. Luckily for me, both my girls are in a gymnastics class in the same building as Bravo Crossfit. So I spent a bunch of Saturdays sitting on the bench waiting and watching my girls during their gymnastics class. I’d see the Crossfit classes going on and one day said, what the heck, I am going to try it, I am sitting here anyway!
I am also fortunate enough to be married to a crossfitter, who fully supports me, encourages me and helps me get better every day of my life. He started his crossfitting life at Bravo Crossfit as well.
I was coming out of a crazy stressful job, working as the HR Executive for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, things in my personal life were somewhat complicated, I was not eating healthy or exercising, I had all the typical NYC life stressors and I needed something…
That something turned out to be Bravo Crossfit. When I was stressed and anxious, Bravo Crossfit was the answer, when I was sad, Bravo Crossfit was the happy place, when I needed an escape, they didn’t know it, but Bravo Crossfit was the place to escape too. When my heart raced during a WOD, or I wanted to stop during a WOD, and it was all perfectly acceptable because I was a beginner and working so hard, I deserved to be able to stop, but with the cheering and support of my crossfit teammates I never did!
It replaced some of the pain and stress inside with strength all over my body that was so great, nothing else mattered, and that made me feel incredibly good. I was addicted instantly.
Since then, my body and mind have been transformed. Everything in my life is the WOD (workout of the day) now, and life in general is so much easier to get through with that mindset.
In addition, I went to the dentist the other day; he looked at me and asked ‘have you been working out a lot?” I thought this was an odd question from a dentist, so I said “yes, why do you ask?”, he told me that my gums looked amazing, stronger and healthier than they have ever been, he went into describing anaerobic exercise and how it greatly increases blood flow through the body, including the gums and teeth, making them stronger and healthier.
One of my other doctors saw healthy improvements and changes and also asked me if I was working out hard? She said my hormone levels are literally changing in my body, an increase in testosterone actually promotes bone growth, reduces depression, increases sex drive, and acts on the brain, muscles, liver and blood vessels, and enhances cognitive functions.
My body in every way, inside and out has become better, my mind is flooded with new hormones, my emotions are improved, my body, mind, soul and spirit are evolving.
My daughters are proud of me, my husband is proud of me, I have actually inspired friends, co-workers and neighbors to start exercising as well. Nothing but amazing good has come to my life because of Bravo Crossfit. How could I not do CrossFit!”