Miriam Mendoza

Sports have never been something that I'm good at. Throughout Highschool and college I was always known as the "artsy, book smart" girl. That all changed, when the sport of crossfit found me 1.5 years ago at age 23. At the time I was working 60 hours a week, with a 4 hour commute each day, so I didn't see how it would be possible to make time for anything else. My husband, however, convinced me to "give it a try" at one of our box's Saturday classes. It turns out, I loved the feeling that crossfit gave me and I actually came in first on the WOD we did that day. It was then that I knew I'd finally found my niche with crossfit. I always love a good challenge and believe it's important to push the boundaries on every facet of your life when possible. It's only in those dire, defining moments that you really begin to "know" yourself and find out what you're fully capable. Crossfit, for me, is the final piece of myself that I didn't realize I was even missing that completes me.
Since starting crossfit, my husband and I have competed in numerous individual, and 5 competitions together, with one being a team event. We believe firmly, albeit cheesy, that "the couple that WODs together, stays together." We both believe that for us crossfit is about training and is a way of life, not just a fitness regime. We are both pretty serious about what we do and love seeing what our bodies are capable. Recently, I competed on American Ninja Warrior, which was quite an experience and really fun! Looking back, I would never have imagined myself in the role that I've grown into, but I'm also marveled by how well the sport suits me. Since starting crossfit I've seen a drastic physical difference in my appearance, as well as a shift in my mental thought processes. Overall, crossfit has made me a better person on all levels and I wouldn't trade that for the world!
***Hopefully this isn't too long...but please let me know if so, and I can condense.