Monica Lillibridge, CF-L1

Being a latecomer to all things fitness, my path to finding CrossFit evolved slowly as well.  Starting in 2009 I began running to lose a few pounds.  I entered my first 5K and thought I would die as I crossed the finish line.  I’m not exactly built like a runner and my times were never fast. From there I progressed to a few half marathons and eventually made it a goal to complete a full marathon before I turned 45.    It was one of the most rewarding days of my life and also one of the most miserable at the same time.  The training had taken it’s toll on my body and mind.  While training for the marathon, I also attended a globo gym.  Finally I woke up one day and realized that no one around me at the gym ever changed. They didn’t seem to be getting any results!    After that I decided I would look for something else to do to stay active. I moved on to doing video workouts like P90X at home, all alone in my basement.  After two rounds of the same recorded workouts and isolation,  I decided it was time to get out and meet people.  Someone I knew had mentioned that his wife did CrossFit and it sounded  exciting and different than anything I’d ever done before.   I was so nervous the first day, but I was hooked immediately.

Becoming a part of the CrossFit community is one of the best things I have ever done.  It is so much more than just working out. You meet so many people….people that are different ages, have different goals and abilities. You truly become a family and I have made many life long friendships through CrossFit.

In 2013 I received my Level One CrossFit certification.  Seeing other people, especially women my age, push themselves and achieve goals is my favorite part.  Age is a number. Ignore it!

My husband and I are lifelong locals and have been married for 22 years. We have one daughter and recently became first time grandparents to a beautiful little boy.