Athlete Spotlight – Sarah Matz

Throwback of Sarah going overhead!
What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?
I joined because my fiance was really into CrossFit and I had always been fit and worked out at standard gyms, but was looking for something more intense and would take me to the next level with my fitness.

How have your feelings towards CrossFit changed from when you first started to now?

My feelings have absolutely changed since I started. I was scared, shy and out of my element, which is completely opposite of my personality. Once I realized how much of a “community” there was in the gym and how friendly and non-competitive it was, at least at my level, I really opened up to it and became more involved and excited about coming to class and learning and improving on new movements.
How has CrossFit helped you develop good friendships? 
I have been extremely fortunate to meet some awesome people at this gym, one in particular who I have become very close with and I consider one of my closest friends, Tara. I enjoy having someone to go through the daily workout with, who I also relate to outside of the gym. Granted, most of the time we are talking about the workouts hahaha! We push each other to lift heavier and do more reps because we both know we are capable of so much. She encourages and yells at me and I encourage her to break out of her comfort zone. It makes working out all that much more fun because I know I am doing it with a great friend and I know we will have a good time…although, some days are better than others!
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant about trying CrossFit?
The advice I would give to someone who is hesitant to trying Crossfit is that everyone has been where you are right now. Everyone has felt scared or intimidated to some degree. What is the harm in trying though? You may love it or it may not be for you, but you will never know until you try. In my opinion, if anything, know that you will always feel welcome and you will walk away everyday feeling like you accomplished the impossible, and you will feel great. Impressing yourself never gets old!
What is great about CFH? To me, this place is so much more than somewhere I come to get fit. I truly feel like I am part of a close community and when something happens to one of us, we all feel it in some way. We come together in times of need. We help each other out. We help out our community and we make a difference. That is so much more than just a workout. This gym has been there for me in times of need and I am very thankful and appreciative of that.
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