We want to take a minute to recognize and congratulate Karen Benjamin as CFM’s first ever Lifetime Member. We have a huge respect for all of our members- but we have a special respect for those who have stuck with CFM for years on end. Members like Karen have seen us grow from a small 2 car garage gym into our current location, and are a huge part in helping promote the culture and community of CrossFit Marysville.
So needless to say, we are extremely grateful that Karen has decided to become a Lifetime Member at CFM, and we are excited to have her continue to be a major part of our community. We asked Karen to answer a few questions about her journey at CFM so far- here is what she had to say-
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I joined CrossFit Marysville six years ago at the insistence of my daughter.
What do you love about CrossFit Marysville?
I love how our coaches are focused on improving overall fitness: our diet, our mental well-being, our flexibility, our strength, and our cardio. I love how even when we are engaged in fierce competition against ourselves of yesterday, we are sincerely encouraging other members. I love how we cheer on our box mates in their escapades and struggles outside of the gym. I love how I don’t have to program my own workouts. I love how no one at CrossFit Marysville has arrived, everyone is on a journey. I love that our members come in all sizes: littler and bigger, younger and older.
How has CrossFit changed your life?
After having a discectomy, I had spent a number of years attempting to avoid anything that I thought might reinjure my back. Of course, I was actually hurting myself, getting weaker and thinner each day. I haven’t had any back pain in years now, and photos of my-pre-CrossFit-self are strikingly different.
Why did you decide to become a Lifetime Member?
Fitness is a lifetime commitment. I want to be strong and fit in order to better enjoy life, a.k.a. grandchildren, horses, and a CrossFitting husband. Not necessarily in that order. In addition, we are in a place in our lives where we know we’ll remain in the PNW.
What recommendation would you have for folks that are brand new to CrossFit?
Commit to six months. Listen to your coaches and your body. Take it slower than you think you should. Be far more concerned with form than the weight on the bar. Even so, be prepared to work through a few sore muscles and strains. Have fun.