I came to Crossfit in December 2009 after meeting other Crossfit members on my ultimate Frisbee team. I commented on what good shape so many people were in, and they pointed to Crossfit as being the catalyst for getting each of them into such good condition. After living and working for three years overseas, I would describe myself as being a “skinny-fat” vegetarian. I ate mostly grains, vegetables, no meat, and suffered from chronic stomach pain. I could barely do a knee pushup, pull-ups were out of the questions, and box jumps seemed impossible. Now, after a year and a half of Crossfitting, improving my diet to include meat, and cutting way down on the grains, it would be impossible to fully account for the vast improvements in my physical and mental conditioning. I am constantly amazed at the benefits it has given me in every aspect of my life, and I am proud to say I’ve now gained the strength, technique, and endurance to make it through a day’s workout without wanting to cry. I started rock climbing about the same time I started going to Crossfit, and I’ve noticed a serious and positive impact on my climbing as a result of the training Crossfit offers. Climbing is as much of a mental game as it is physical, and Crossfit has given me the mental confidence to push myself onto progressively harder climbs while providing me with the physical strength and endurance required to make it through a long day of climbing.