Meet our Members: Dawn Torres

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What brought you to CF Alacrity?

I had been having issues with my shoulder and knees for a while; the doctor told me that if I did not lose weight and find a way to strengthen them I would be looking at total knee replacements on both my knees within 5 years and shoulder surgery as well. CF Alacrity opened up 2 blocks from my house and I took that as a sign. I came in with my husband and talked to you, Alex, about what Crossfit is and received a lot of useful information with all my questions being answered. I then also spoke with a couple of friends who were in Crossfit at that the time and the progress they made was hard to ignore. They looked great, felt great and had more energy than they ever had before. Once my shoulder rehab was done, it took me a couple of months to sign up. I have not looked back since!

What was your first Impression? Has that changed at all?

When I walked in the first time to talk to you, I was excited, you gave me so much information and the way you explained what Crossfit was and the technical side, how you would be there to make sure that the lifts we did were done correctly so that we were using the targeted muscles and how to get the best of the workout. I was impressed and felt that you really had your member’s interests at heart, so different from your normal gyms. When I walked into the first class, I was a rollercoaster of emotions! I was scared and excited at the same time.

 
This has definitely changed; I am excited to be at each and every class, to see everyone who is there and to cheer on the class before mine. I am happy to be part of such an amazing group of athletes that have supported me and inspired me to keep going. These people have become my friends and my classes have become my “happy place.”

What are you most proud of so far?

There are so many things that I am proud of. I think the thing that I am most proud of is that I can now look in the mirror and smile. The changes are now being noticed by those that are close to me and I can actually see them. I am beginning to see my abdominal muscles where before I knew that they were there but they were no visible. My thighs are defiantly smaller and getting more defined. I am also proud of the mental changes I have gone through; I am a much happier person, I smile more and have more confidence in myself.  I have more energy to do the things that I want to do in the day. I appreciate the little things more.

What are you working on next?

I am still working on getting stronger and my stamina; these are things that will always be a work in progress.  In terms of goals in the box, I really want to do a hand stand and get toes to bar. My long term goal, that I believe is shorter than I think, I really want to wear a bikini; it is something that I have always wanted to do but never thought I would. Here I am on the other side of 45 and for the first time in my life, I can see myself in a bikini. I can see myself walking on the beach somewhere warm with confidence.

What is your favorite CF Alacrity memory?

There are 2 things that have been my favorite memories in my 8 month membership; one: is participating in the 2017 Open Games. I learned so much about myself and how I am so much stronger I am, mentally and physically! It was like nothing I have ever experienced; the energy, the support from all the members who did not participate, but showed up just to cheer us all on, the drive of my fellow friends, it is a must experience for everyone. When it was over, I was slightly disappointed, but then excited because I know that in just a year I get to do it again.


The second is attending the Regional games this year; I felt that watching those athletes and what they are able to do, put a fire in me to keep going  and work harder to achieve my goals.