Member Spotlight Emma Kerrigan

Emma K Jerk

CrossFit Belfast has always been on my radar but it wasn’t until I stepped inside the box did I begin to understand why Crossfit has gripped so many athletes, which now, includes myself. I first started Crossfit Belfast back in June 2016 after some “gentle” persuasion from friends to join them in a foundation course, and now 7 months later, it’s hard to imagine my life without it.

Keeping fit and active has always been a big part of my life. Coming from a background of rowing I had become accustomed to following pretty intense training programmes alongside crewmates with all the same goals in mind! When I gave up rowing I spent a couple years doing a lot more training in the gym on my own and running a few 10kms here and there with minimal satisfaction. I began to realise just how much I missed a structured training programme and more importantly so, the comradery and fun that comes from being part of a team and training alongside others. Joining Crossfit Belfast has most certainly filled that void.

I did have my concerns about starting crossfit. Having come from a rowing at a competitive level, to say I had a competitive mind-set is probably an understatement. I always had a problem with getting worked up around fitness tests and in the build-up to race days, so the thought of joining a sport where I had envisaged that every day would be like a fitness test would’ve taken my stress head to a whole new level…How wrong was I?!!

Niall, Jenna and the rest of the CFB coaches have created an atmosphere that has allowed me to set and achieve my own goals within a relaxed and supportive environment. With their experience and expertise, not only am I seeing improvements on the floor, but my attitude to my training has completely changed. And the best bit is getting to do so surrounded by the Green and Purple Army!!

This is what I love most about CFB - the community!! No matter what level of fitness you are at or what your goals are, everybody trains together and pushes each other on enabling us all to do things we didn’t think were possible. It’s just one big team with everyone getting stuck in and encouraging each other especially during some of the more challenging WODs. The sense of achievement you get from finishing a workout is only magnified by having the rest of the gang alongside you!!!

I’m definitely crossfit obsessed now…but who says that is a bad thing?!! Keeping fit and having fun certainly sounds like a winning combo to me!

Emma K Pull up

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