CrossFit Deep Athlete Feature: Sarah


I’ve battled my weight my entire life. In December of 2013, I decided I was tired of being overweight. My size 18 pants were getting tight, I had zero energy, and I didn’t like what I was seeing. A friend of mine introduced me to Chip and I started training with him at 24 Hour Fitness.  Progress was slow, but I was getting stronger and fitter. It took me 4 months to lose 10 lbs. One day Chip let it slip that I had essentially been doing Crossfit workouts with him. That was a lightbulb moment for me. I didn’t think I could possibly do Crossfit because I was too big and nowhere near fit enough.   When Chip quite the globo gym, I did too.

I had butterflies walking into the 10am community class in May of 2014. I was partnered with Courtney Buterbaugh for that workout – I was so intimidated! Have you seen those guns!? Even though I had to scale the 400m run to a 200m to keep up with my partners, Courtney and the coach kept me going. I felt so welcome after that very first day. Even though I struggled with simple movements, everyone there wanted me to succeed.

I lost 45lbs total by the end of 2014. Some weeks it was 2 lbs and some it was none. I wish I could tell you that there is a secret recipe, but there isn’t.  But here are three things that I think work. First, consistency is key.  Show up and do the workout (even if it has movements you suck at) and make your workout a part of your scheduled day.  The second and hardest thing I had to learn was that not all foods are created equal.  Real foods are always best. And pay attention to what your body tells you. If you get super bloated from a certain food (or booze), avoid it when you’re trying to slim down. Third is to find a way to keep yourself accountable. For me, I’ve been lucky enough to have Chip around. I literally emailed him my weight and the food that I ate every single day.

It’s pretty awesome to think back and say that I’ve lost 55 lbs and am comfortably fitting in my size 10 pants, but it’s even more awesome to think of how much stronger Crossfit has made me physically and mentally.  I love the fact that you’re never finished getting better. I’ve got my eyes on a 115lb snatch in the near future and those damn pullups still evade me. But I’ll be there at 6:30am most mornings putting in the work.