IMG_0783Maresa joined CrossFit Talon in October of 2011.  She is an avid runner, with fifteen years experience running at least two times a week.  When her “running buddy” got injured, she found that she was not as diligent about getting the miles in like she used to.  After seeing what CrossFit had done for her friends, Cy and Amy Fenton, she decided to give it a try, even though she had no idea what it was all about.  “After the first day, I thought, ‘Am I crazy?’ but if I was this exhausted after one workout, it must be good for me.”  She knew that the running was great for her cardiovascular health, but that she needed some muscle building as well.  “The workouts really counted,” Maresa says of the high intensity program.  In fact, she decided to put a hold on her running for two months while she was getting used to CrossFit.  “I lost weight, but I am more proud that I have been able to maintain that weight loss and stick to CrossFit three times a week.  I am not a gym groupie, that’s why I like to run.  But at CrossFit Talon, I love Dennis and Tara, they really care about us and set the family tone for the gym and they really want to see us all get better and healthier.”

In November, Maresa participated in her first CrossFit competition, .  “I was so nervous about going out there.  Tara told me that she knew I could do all of the scaled movements.  I am a hard worker, so even if my performance might not even qualify as scaled, I will give it my all,” she said jokingly.  She said that as long as she is able to perform the movements, she will compete again.  She also went back to running, and said that her CrossFit training has made her a better runner.  “When I went back to a route that my partner and I used to run often, I was able to run the entire way without stopping, which we had never done before.”

Maresa wants people to know that you don’t have to be in perfect shape to start CrossFit.  “Dennis and Tara will make it work for you.  That’s the beauty of CrossFit.  It is for everybody, but you have to be willing to do your best and give your max effort.” She explains, “This is hard, but I am here and putting in the work.  I want to be able to bend and put on my own socks when I’m ninety.”