I was a 21 year old college athlete who had to retire early due to an injury. Working out, playing sports, and competing had been my whole life and leaving that was heartbreaking. I was forced to the solo, boring gym life of cardio machines and free weights, doing the same old thing everyday, missing my team and some friendly competition. Then one day, a friend invited me to a Saturday Crossfit class. I was scared, intimidated, and uncomfortable, but I thought surely with my athletic background, I would be able to hold my own. I was way wrong! I was kicked in the rear end, actually flat on my back, but I was hooked. Hooked by the fact that I was joined by 15 other people that day, going through the same pain, yet encouraging me and pushing me along the way. Hooked by the fact that every workout will always be different, always challenging, and I will never be bored. Hooked by the fact that I have a coach again who encourages me, cares for me, and spends many hours dedicated to everyone’s improvement. Hooked by the fact that I have a team again, a team made up of the most genuine, heart filled, encouragers who I call family. It is the highlight of my day when I walk through those doors, it truly puts a smile on my face. CFWW has changed my life in every way and for that I am thankful.