Tina Bitondo

 In BAMF

Hmmm… Where to start…

Ok got it! So. Me and working out? Yeah, we were not friends for a long time. I have this life tinagoal of working as a Firefighter/Medic, and life seemed not to be going my way for a while. I’ll admit it I was ready to give up on this goal and figure out something easy. Something where I wasn’t going to need to be physically fit for the job.

I couldn’t seem to have progress in anything I tried. So someone talked me into trying one of these boot camps. Yes, I had fun in the beginning, and then I felt like I was going just because I was paying for it every month. I needed something in my life that helped me not only physically, but mentally as well. My dad was also battling Lymphoma at this time, so I needed something to help me clear my mind, people to motivate me, and people that made me feel like I belonged there.

On October 31st, 2011 my dad passed away. This is when I knew line dancing and boot camp just wasn’t going to cut it. I just didn’t know a way out. My friends Kehly and Jason had told me about GCF, but I really didn’t think I was cut out for the big leagues. I’ve always loved CrossFit, but at the time I didn’t think being surrounded by people faster, leaner, and stronger than me was going to help my emotional state of mind at all.(I was wrong)
Finally I had the guts to try it out!(Thanks to Groupon and Christmas $) I don’t think my nerves have ever been that bad in my life. I walked into loud music and the Original BAMF, Miki yelling (I mean cheering) at everyone! I really had no clue what I was getting myself into. The only thought going through my head was “There is no way!” Then it was my turn. 3…2…1..Go! Miki was right there with me cheering me on and helping me get through the whole thing! I will never forget, it was a WOD with pull-ups, I couldn’t do a single one, and Danny E. was doing them with a plate around his waist! At the end of it he told me “good job!” (What?! I was confused) As soon as I left I knew it was time to make the big switch to GCF.

I joined the GCF family in January, and since then my life has completely transformed. The coaches, the athletes, and the entire environment is the most amazing thing I have ever been a part of in my life. I have lost over 20lbs, and about 8 inches around my waist. When I started my 100m run was a joke, pushups sucked, and everything hurt! Now I’m running more than I ever thought possible, impressing myself with my strength every day, and can honestly say that I am finally back to myself. I am happy, and feel great! And sorry to all the men, I know you don’t want to hear it, but the girls… Yea… We are catching up! I can’t believe since the first time I did a back squat it has gone up by 120lbs! I back squatted 265lbs this week! What?! What?!

I have met so many amazing people in such a short amount of time! (if your reading this your probably one of them) It still amazes me how every WOD we all cheer each other on and help each other through our strengths and weaknesses. I know I can’t be the only one that hears it. Every day I wear my dad’s finger print around my neck to help me through the rough times in life and to help me through these tough WOD’s, but I have to say, without the help from everyone at GCF it wouldn’t be possible. I can’t thank everyone enough. Especially Miki, Wayne & Lee!

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

Which to me means at GCF we just choose to show our weakness, because I know I’m always in pain.

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