I joined CrossFit because, though I was young and active, I would throw my back out every few months and have a debilitating, hunched over few days where I couldn’t do anything. Everyone said I needed to “strengthen my core,” so I finally gave CrossFit a shot. I had no idea how fun it would be to get strong, or how strong I could get. CFAK is a special place where people come to work hard, learn, laugh, and surround ourselves with people making healthy choices, pursuing our goals, and getting high on endorphins. The competitive vibe I feared, it turns out, is more about motivating than it is about winning. CrossFit has made me more confident and better able to do the things I love to do when I’m not at the gym. It’s also incredibly friendly and inclusive. The coaches’ knowledge makes me feel safe, and after being a part of this gym for a few years now, I truly believe anyone can do CrossFit. Oh also, I haven’t thrown my back out a single time since I started.