“I’d been interested in trying CrossFit for a while, but there weren’t any gyms around Kendal so I was excited when I heard Westmorland CrossFit was opening in Kendal. I sent an e-mail to Liam who invited me to come down and have a look at the gym and have a chat with them. I was made to feel welcome from the moment I walked through the door – Westmorland CrossFit is family run and you couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of people. I was a bit worried about what to expect so Liam asked if I wanted to come down and watch a class, which really helped. It made me feel much better about starting as I realised everyone is at different levels and is working towards their own best. 

My fitness and strength has improved so much since I started in August and I particularly love the weightlifting side. CrossFit makes weightlifting much more accessible for women as it doesn’t have the intimidation that weights sections in conventional gyms can have and everyone is so supportive of each other. It’s this sense of support that makes CrossFit so different to other forms of exercise. I have made some great friends here and it’s a real little community. CrossFit has really changed my attitude to fitness. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve ever really enjoyed exercising and I always look forward to going, even if I’m tired. 

In the future I hope to do some competitions and work on improving my cardio fitness, which is a weakness for me at the moment. I still plan on getting plenty of PBs with the weightlifting though! I’d love to be able to do strict pull-ups too.”