My Inner Athlete

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My Inner Athlete

I’ve got a few love handles.  A spare tire – or two.  My whole life has been a constant battle with and against my body.   I remember seeing a report card from way back in Kindergarden where my teacher was urging my parents to “slim me down” before it was “too late”.  Even my own son harasses me that my booty is too big!  But all that baggage aside, I have always felt that somewhere inside me was an athlete in hiding, if I could just get the chance to show it.

I would watch videos on YouTube of women doing pull-ups in their garages… moms kicking ass in their back yard….Talk about empowering women!!

I first heard of CrossFit back in the States , and from the get go it really called to me.  I would watch videos on YouTube of women with these amazing biceps and strong shoulders doing pull-ups and kettlebell swings in their garages… moms kicking ass in their back yard, while their kids played nearby and their husbands cheered them on.  They were sweating, grunting, and cursing as they pushed themselves to the limit – and there was not a single spandex thong in sight.  Talk about empowering women!!

Several years and countries went by, until destiny finally lead me to CrossFit’s doorstep, literally.  After moving to Lima, Peru, one day I was stuck in traffic on the way to the office, looked up, and by chance saw a simple black and white sign in the 2nd story window that said, “CrossFitPeru.com”.  My life, quite simply, hasn’t been the same since.

In CrossFit Peru you aren’t judged by your hips, you’re judged by your heart

From the first time I walked into what we affectionately call the “Blue Box”, I felt I had at last found a space where I wasn’t judged by how my body looks, but by what I can do with it.  In CrossFit Peru, it doesn’t matter how much you weigh, how you look, or what clothes you wear.  Here, you aren’t judged by your hips, you’re judged by your heart.

When I’m in the Blue Box, I’m not a single mom.  I’m not a bureaucrat.  I’m not a foreigner.  I’m not fat.  In CrossFit, I am an athlete.  In CrossFit, every day, me and my love handles do the impossible.

- Stephanie Molina, athlete of CrossFit Peru

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Hay 14 comentarios. »

  1. Brilliant! Perfect. I wouldn't change one word. I LOVED reading this. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. What a great testimony- thank you for sharing that!!

  3. Thank you for a great note of inspiration Stephanie. I'll share this with my folks on my website. Keep up the hard work! We love our love-handles at CF California City. It means we'll survive longer during nuclear holocaust. LOL!

  4. that’s terrific! What a well written article and how fantastic for you!

  5. Great stuff, thanks for that!

  6. Beautiful. Stephanie has put into words what so many of us have felt, but haven't figured out how to say.

    (Bello. Stephanie ha puesto en palabras lo que muchos de nosotros sentimos pero no encontramos la manera de decir.)

    Elizabeth
    http://www.crossfitwillowglen.com
    San Jose, California.

  7. Stephanie que lindo testimonio, sigue adelante !

  8. That gave me chills! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Awesome…I know exactly what you are talking about!! Check out my blog radicalhateloss.blogspot.com

  10. A well written testimony. From the inner heart -right from the core. Stephanie, keep doing what you are doing. You are at the Blue Box for a reason. You are the true great spirit of Crossfit Peru.

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  12. Love your post! I've always had that athlete lurking behind my 230 lbs and 47% bodyfat but I learned to be a crossfitter. I am now 146 lbs. 25% bf and a crossfitter..who knows where I'll be at later on, but I'll be a crossfitter! :) It is all in the heart and mind. I still have a gut, am underestimated on my strength, but I know in my heart I am an athlete and crossfitter! Kudos to you!

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