This week, in the member spotlight, we take a look at another of our dedicated members, Jessica Laux. Jessie has been coming to FTF for over two years now and with the help of her coaches Kevin Hughes in the beginning of her CrossFit Career and most recently with Michelle Kasten, she has accomplished major life changing achievements. Here is her story!
I have been an athlete most of my life starting with swimming at the age of five, and continuing all the way through college. I love sports and being physical, but after not being on a team my weight increased and my health decreased. I had been going to "globo gyms" on and off for years, but had a hard time committing and self motivating to keep a consistent workout schedule. I was needing something more. I first heard of CrossFit from a friend, and it sounded like fun.
Like I do with all things, I google searched local crossfits in the area to see which one was closest to where I lived and go to school, and one that fit my college student budget. I found CrossFit FTF to be the perfect match on paper. I then found out that a close friend had just become a member and she talked very highly of the gym and all of the coaches. After completing my onramp and starting classes I realized that crossift was like nothing else. After every workout I felt like I had given it my all, and I accomplished something I never thought I could. That's what keeps me coming back to FTF.
From the first time I stepped foot into CrossFit FTF I have always felt so welcomed and a part of the "family." Evertime I walk through the door I always see many familiar faces. I love that I can walk into "my" gym and be surrounded by people who not just know me, but care about me as well. Even though we are all individuals in this, we strive for a common goal together as a team. I'm not from Fresno, and it's so comforting to know that the members and coaches at FTF have become my new family that support me in so many different ways. With this amazing familly by my side I have been able to accomplish so many things I never thought were possible.
I have been battling cancer since I was 18 and my health had been declining at a rapid rate since then. But once I started at FTF, I have been on the steady climb back to good health and have never felt so alive. I have lost 30 lbs, completely changed my eating habits and overall am a much happier person. With the help of Coach Kasten I have been able to accomplish many goals I have set that I never thought were possible.
There are many thing that I have accomplished, but my journey isn't over yet, not anywhere close. Once I realized the best thing I can invest in is myself... money, time, pain... it's all worth it in the end. I have one life to live and I am not going to sit back and just watch it pass me by. I would like to give a special thank you to Kevin and Michelle for always believing in me, even when I didn't believe in myself. I hope everyone is as forunate as I am to have these two amazing people in their lives!