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Callie looking too cute for her own good.

Callie looking too cute for her own good.

Warm-up: Row 300m, 15 Dislocates, 15 KB Deadlifts (50/35lbs) x2

Deadlift: 20 Reps at 75% 20RM

Warm-Up 2: Agilities

MetCon – 2 Rounds for Time:
Run 600m
25 GHD Sit-Ups
25 GHD Back Extensions

A guest post by Callie Caplenor:

Growing up I always liked to think of myself as athletic.  In high school I played several sports and stayed active on the weekends with various outdoor activities.  I never worried about my appearance or my health.  In 2000 I moved from Clarksville to Knoxville to attend UT, and socially it was the best time of my life.  However, for four years I traded a life of health and fitness for one of excessive partying which included drinking, smoking and eating garbage disguised as food.  I gained about fifteen pounds during this time and, after graduation, quickly put on fifteen more.  A common story I know.

For several more years I continued this detrimental lifestyle in addition to working full time, and it finally started to take a toll on me physically and mentally.  A year ago I started having insomnia, and terrible anxiety attacks would keep me isolated in my apartment for sometimes days at a time.  I finally went to my doctor and was diagnosed with anxiety and high blood pressure.  Blood work also showed that my triglycerides were high, and I was put on several medications.  How did I let this happen?

After this reality check and a little talk with God, I finally quit drinking and smoking last October.  This helped, but I realized that I also needed to incorporate an exercise regimen and start eating better.  Over the years I had tried other gyms like Bally’s Fitness and even Curves, but after a few months I would quit going, frustrated and unmotivated.  I also dabbled with vegetarianism, but that didn’t last long either.  One day after stepping off the scale, I once again broke down and had a one on one with myself and with God, knowing that something had to change.

A few days later I noticed the CrossFit Ktown logo in the building next to my apartment complex and had to find out more.  I thought it was some kind of private training that I probably couldn’t afford, but Googled it anyway.  I was impressed with the concept and the research behind it and came in on a Saturday, intimidated, but figured they wouldn’t be too hard on a day for newcomers. I was wrong.  To this day it’s been the hardest MetCon for me.  I almost didn’t finish.  Someone put up my dumbbell.  But I couldn’t have that, and I got it back out and finished.  I went back the next day for a Paleo lecture, and everything just made sense.  Finally I had found a program and a diet that I could believe in, and trainers who obviously have a passion for their work.  That Monday I jumped in with both feet, determined to start both the workouts and the diet challenge head-on.

It is no exaggeration to say that CrossFit has started to change my life over the past seven weeks.  Physically I’m in better shape than I have been for years.  My clothes are all starting to fit better as my weight redistributes, and I have much more energy.  I stopped taking medicine, the anxiety has decreased and my blood pressure is normal.  Mentally a confidence is emerging that hasn’t been there for a long time.  I’m starting to reengage in my favorite activities that have been neglected over the years because I would get so tired I didn’t enjoy them.  I signed up for spring soccer with KMSL and can’t tell you how excited I am.  A backpacking trip out west is in the works for later this year.  I’ve started cooking a LOT because of Paleo and have found that it’s a hobby I find joy in as well.  I feel like I’m regaining control of my life instead of just reacting to what it throws my way.  I think this is called “freedom.”

I hate to drag on, but one more thing.  I made some awesome friends in college, but most of them have moved away or gotten married and started their own families so I don’t get to see them as much as I used to.  I also grew apart from most of my party friends once I changed my lifestyle.  CrossFit Ktown has helped fill the void.  That first Saturday Rachael said how it’s like a big family, and I knew then that I wanted to be a part of it.  I can’t remember ever having had the opportunity to surround myself with such a great group of big-hearted people.  People notice if you’re not there, and they shout your name when you are.  The program itself is incredible of course, but it is the CrossFit community…the support, love and encouragement that you consistently show day after day, that really sets this place apart.

Thank you,
Callie Caplenor

Callie and her cat...yes we stole this from Facebook.

Callie and her cat...yes we stole this from Facebook.

By | 2017-04-25T14:39:55+00:00 March 2nd, 2010|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. crossfitktown March 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I just had to be the first to comment. That post was great, not to mention very inspiring! I know how CrossFit has changed my life and it is always amazing to hear other people’s stories. I truly never have to work because I love coming to Ktown and coaching the best bunch of athletes in the history of athletes. Thanks Callie for contributing to that. You are truly a part of the Ktown fam.
    -Miss J

  2. Coach CBo March 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Callie, AMAZING post! So inspiring, and just in time for to motivate me for the sectionals this weekend!!! I wish you could come and inspire me all weekend long :)

  3. Brandon March 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    That was a pretty exceptional post…

  4. Taylor March 2, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Awesome post Callie! This youtube video is for you…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8ZNsoaaDLk

  5. Coach G March 3, 2010 at 3:34 am

    There are several of us at the gym who also play KMSL, Callie! Your post was perfection. Keep up the hard work, C$.

  6. Ben March 3, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Callie, that post is almost as amazing as you are! Thank you for sharing

  7. Kerr March 3, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Awesome, uplifting post Callie. Well done!

  8. forrest March 3, 2010 at 7:31 am

    great post…read it twice actually

  9. Jeff March 3, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Great post. Very impressive that you were willing to share that with us. Thats as strong as an endorsement as I’ve seen for CrossFit Ktown yet.

  10. Glenn March 3, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Great post Callie, thanks for sharing!

  11. C$ March 3, 2010 at 10:07 am

    thanks for the nice comments everyone (and video Taylor =), it means a lot!

  12. Karen Caplenor March 3, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Callie, I’m sooo proud of you for taking the initiative to turn your life around and I’m extremely grateful to Cross Fit & all your new friends for their support & encouragement!! Ya’ll keep up the good work!!!

  13. Kerr March 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    @Jeff
    I eagerly await your CF post, Jeffrey.

  14. C$ March 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    thanks Mom…how embarrassing…=-P

  15. James March 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Great post Callie! Hope to be back in there soon killing some metcons with you.

  16. bets March 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Keep up the great work. You are a success!!!!!

  17. Erin March 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Callie, ahem, skinny lady… this is awesome! What a fantastic post. You are such a sweetheart and I know we’re all thrilled to have you as part of the fam! :c)

  18. Rachael March 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Callie, Not only did you post a fantastic story but it is an honor to have you in the family of crossfit. You always have a great smile and a positive attitude…not to mention that you just started and you are kicking my butt…hmmm, what does that say about me. :) You are amazing!

  19. Barbara T April 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Callie, The beautiful picture of you smiling from ear to ear tells all! Great story, thanks

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