Name: Ginger Middleton

Age: 46

Occupation: Marketing Manager

When did you first start CrossFit? June 2018

Tell us about your sports & fitness background. I played softball as a kid, but quit as a teenager. As an adult I had a long streak there where I ran for exercise (okay, jogged…), and we did cardio kickboxing prior to CrossFit. Anytime I tried a gym, I was never consistent, didn’t push myself, and had trouble figuring out what to do…

How did you first get into CrossFit? How did it go? The kickboxing place shut down suddenly, and my husband, Mark, said he really wanted to try CrossFit. We had a few friends (Ryan and Ashley Lewis and Christi Wyatt) who had been trying to get us to come, and I kept making excuses why we couldn’t (it’s too hard, we’re too old, it’s too expensive, etc.)

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit? I haven’t seen a big move on the scale, but I can tell my body is changing because of my clothes. I’ve dropped a size, and I just overall feel better, both mentally and physically. And I believe being in better shape helped me recover faster from my shoulder surgery.

What impact has CrossFit had on your life? Exercise has become a priority in my life. I schedule things around workouts, where before I would use any excuse to NOT exercise. I’ve even stopped skipping workouts that look hard…because let’s face it, they’re all hard (lol). But now I enjoy the challenge, instead of dread it. Best of all, we have become part of a great community of people!

What is your advice for people getting started or thinking about starting CrossFit? Don’t sell yourself short. You are definitely stronger than you think. And you will feel so good when you finally do a move you never thought you could (hello, box jumps!)

What are your hobbies, interests, and other talents outside of CrossFit? Drinking wine and just generally being awesome. Oh, and reading really long historical fiction books…

What’s the wallpaper of your phone? John 14:1 – “Don’t let your heart be troubled”

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