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