416 Member Stories: Aish Muralidhar
We can’t wait to share all of these awesome Open stories and personal goals with you guys. Today’s 416 Member Story belongs to Aish, who has been nursing a couple of injuries lately but still manages to show up to class every day and work her hardest. Big shout-out to you Aish! If you see her in the gym make sure to give her a high five – but not too hard because her wrist is a little wonky right now! Here’s what she had to say:
I have been doing CrossFit for 8 months. I used to run exclusively prior to coming to CrossFit 416. Needless to say, CrossFit has drastically changed my fitness routine. I used to dread going for long runs to keep myself in shape. Now, I find I truly enjoy working out due to the short/high-intensity workouts and the fun atmosphere! I don’t think I have attended a class where I didn’t have at least one good chuckle. 🙂
This was my first Open. The experience was very eye opening since I saw how much more I am capable of achieving when pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I think the energetic atmosphere and the adrenaline rush definitely contributed to my performance as well! It was also great to see some of my friends push themselves to RXmany of the workouts and get past their fear of not being able to complete a movement. It makes me feel hopeful that someday I too will be able to RX many of the workouts as I become a more seasoned athlete.
The Open was a time for me to learn about my strengths and weaknesses. Participation in each stage of the Open allowed me to realize the achievements made throughout an entire year of hard work. The Open also allowed me to develop closer bonds with other members of the CrossFit community.
My big win this year would have been cleaning 105 lbs workout 18.2, since I struggled improving beyond an 80lb clean prior to the Open. I’m still ecstatic about my new PR! My goal for the upcoming year is to be able to complete at least 1 pull-up and for the Open I would like to be able to RX at least 2 out of the 5 workouts.
I have made many new friends in the 416 community who keep me accountable to my goals and vice versa. Even on days where I know the WODs look tough, I still want to go to class because I know I will be with my friends tackling the workout together. The community is truly what helps me push through the pain because we all know that giving up hurts more!