Drew Butkovich: Personal Mount Everest

When I first heard about Crossfit, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hesitant. "You can drop your weights," they said. (Sorry Coop) Still, I wasn't convinced. But finally after listening to Jordan and Josh babble over lifts I had never once heard of in my lifetime, I decided to give it a shot. Needless to say, I have yet to step foot in another gym since….. although I will admit, I've mixed in a bicep curl or two in the corner when no one was looking.

 It's been about 6 months now since I first started here at Catalyst and I must say that my favourite part has to be that "community-like" feeling you experience when walking through the doors everyday. Everyone is on the same team here at Catalyst, helping each other with form and technique along with motivational support to battle through those challenging WOD's.

Lately, I've been working hard trying to correct some mobility issues carrying over from my YMCA days, AKA the "Drew bench press shoulders" which haunted me throughout the open. Besides my recent emphasis on mobility, I have been working on improving my max lifts and have been rewarded with a number of recent PR's.
The crossfit open was a great experience for me personally;  having no idea what to expect, it was quite a shock at first. I thought my heart was going to pound right out of my chest before the start of 13.1 but once Coop finally said GO I was able to settle myself down and actually enjoy the experience. 
Being new to the open, I would have to say that just participating in it was the most enjoyable part for me. Initially, I had no intentions of competing but the persistence of my friends prevailed and I couldn't be any happier with my decision. Hearing everyone cheer each other on for that one last rep was really something to watch. Can't wait to do it all again next year…. minus the 150 wall-balls of course.
In all, I would have to say that my favourite crossfit memory has to be the day I finally managed to climb my personal Mount Everest of actually linking my double unders, which I magically was able to figure out overnight after countless hours of arm&face whips from those unforgiving skipping ropes. Just goes to show that persistence truly does pay off. I wish everyone continued success with their training, see you all at the box!

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