I am a mother of an 11 month old and have been attending CrossFit Incite for 3 months. Before I got pregnant I was actively running, playing in soccer and volleyball leagues, and participating in any other physical activities. Once I was ready to start working out again after the baby I knew I had a long road ahead of me. I started my usual running again but everything hurt! I kept telling myself running would get easier once I lost the extra 50 pounds. I heard of Crossfit but was intimidated because I knew I would be starting at the bottom. Starting at CrossFit Incite helped me see what my body could do when pushed to the max. I definitely started at the bottom, but Coach Derrick and my CrossFit Incite family never made me feel that way. We are all different sizes and shapes and that’s what I love! We are in competition with ourselves and have a team to cheer us on!

In the 3 months of CrossFit I have gone from 188 pounds to 170 pounds. I went from a size 14 in jeans to a size 10. I’ve lost 15 inches all over my body with 4 inches being the most at my waist. I have gained strength and technique in my lifting (deadlifting 220#, front squating 175# and back squatting 225#). Although I may be about 20 pounds heavier than my pre-pregnancy goal weight, I am down to my normal jean size and I look and feel better in my clothes. I have shed over a minute and half off my one mile time, I am almost able to do unassisted pull ups, I am clearing the 24 inch box jumps, and I can do double unders now.

What makes me get up at 5am and do it all over again? The butterflies in my stomach that I used to get before a race or a soccer game. The friends I’ve made who are doing it with me – all at different levels. The motivation Coach Derrick gives when he yells COME ON CAITLIN!!! The terrified feeling I get walking in and the accomplished feeling I have walking out. Most importantly, the way I feel knowing I can get down on the ground and play with my little boy and keep up with him as he learns and grows. I stand a little taller and smile a little bigger thanks to CrossFit Incite.

Catlin Before and after