Pushing Yourself, Pulling Your Friends: Crista Wardell

My Catalyst story starts about 4 years ago, after the birth of my third child. I was carrying around extra weight and feeling completely unhealthy. I had tried other gyms, they didn't work for me, I was looking for something else. In the Spring of 2008, I joined a running group at Catalyst. I loved it. It led to my first 5k race and later that year my first half-marathon and sprint duathlon.

The same spring I signed up for personal training and eventually participated in Crossfit classes. 
I look back and and realize how far I have come – it really wasn't that long ago that I was scared to do a box jumps; running 400m seemed hard and pull-ups, well they seemed impossible! I love that I see progession in myself from one week to the next, recently I practiced HSPU for about a week straight until I finally could get up on the wall and then begin to complete the HS movement.

I have a long way to go and hope that linking pull ups and conquering double unders are in my near future. I love to push myself hard and to do more and lift more then the time before. I love the feeling of being in the zone during a workout, you know the one where it's about completing the workout and nothing else.

I think the one of the most important things that Catalyst has taught me is to just try things, whether I am good at them at not, try them, practice and get better. Too many times before I wouldn't do something because I might not be good at it. This is only the beginning of my story. Catalyst has introduced me to so many things I would never have thought possible for myself, I'm excited about what the future holds.

The next mountain I want to overcome? 50 double-unders in a row and convince my husband to drink the Catalyst kool-aid.