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My Fitness Journey: Langsi W.

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Langsi joined us this summer during her internship near by. She goes to college in Michigan and is originally from California. Langsi is possibly one of the sweetest people we’ve been lucky enough to coach at HJF, and this is her thank you email which also works perfectly for our fitness journey stories. I wanted to share this so that everyone can know the impact HJF has on people. Without the great community we have, we could not do what we do <3 we’ll miss you Langsi, don’t be a stranger!
I’m super sad to be leaving Heroes Journey this summer and wanted to send you this email as a thank you for everything! I want to let you and all the coaches know how much this has all meant for me and in a sense it’s my fitness journey 🙂
As you know, I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years. What you probably don’t know is that I had to take a year off of swimming freshman year of high school. It’s a pretty small event in the grand scheme of things, but for an angsty teenager, I felt like my entire identity had been stripped away. When I came back to swimming in high school, it never felt the same again. I lost that previous competitive drive and found I didn’t really care whether I got a best time or did my best during practice.
I recruited a bit for D3 swimming (I know you, as well as a lot of other Crossfitters are ex-D3 athletes!) but decided I didn’t want to do it for the next 4 years. Over the summers, I tried a mix of things: kickboxing, pilates, barre, megaformer, bootcamps, even Muay Thai! They were fun but I’d find myself not really engaged with what I was doing. In college, I’d hit the gym really infrequently, but it felt so boring to just bench and run a few laps and go home.
I think at this point in my life, I just accepted that working out would be a drag – a necessary chore to drag myself to every so often. I’d accepted I was just a lazy person and would never feel that drive to push myself again. Obviously you know where this story is going already, but when I came to NJ this summer, I found Heroes online with great reviews and decided to give Crossfit a try 🙂
For the first time in 8 years, I felt the competitive pulse come back to life. I think this is where the story becomes similar to many others you’ve probably heard, but I found I wanted to give it my all in each workout and I needed those personal bests and to see myself get stronger. I wasn’t able to get excited about kickboxing and boot camps because I couldn’t measure my success and see how much stronger I was getting. I couldn’t get excited about going to the gym because I didn’t have a supportive community doing the workouts with me and coaches that believed in me.
I know a lot of athletes find their place in Crossfit because of the community aspects and the ability to tangibly measure success, like I did. I wasn’t a lazy person after all, but someone who hadn’t found a workout I was passionate about.
I started looking up the WODs the night before to practice the movements of the lifts and look up Youtube videos. During workouts, I remember I would begin asking you and other coaches if I could do the Fitness workouts to push myself (and thanks for letting me!) When I came back home, exhausted, I would write down coach feedback and think about what I could do better next time – things I’ve never done before.
It really means the world that I found Heroes this summer and I’m so sad to be leaving after such a short time. When I’m back in the area, I’ll pull out all stops to drop by for a workout 🙂
Thank you all for everything!