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Member Story – Felicia Martinez

I’ve been apart of CrossFit Ellis since birth. It took one man’s vision to bring his passion for fitness and share it with the one’s he loves the most in his hometown and community. That man happens to be my son-in-law Aaron Mireles. I call him Coach! He has a huge heart and it shows. I have a lot of respect for him and the way he cares for not just me, but everyone in the box. I am very grateful for Aaron & Lacey. Without them I would have never heard of CrossFit, or probably never started working out!

I was 46 years old when I joined in 2015. I must admit, I was a little nervous given my age and lack of physical activity to date. My only prior experience was way back in high school and even that didn’t prepare me for what I was about to endure. My mindset clearly changed when I realized I wasn’t the oldest. I became inspired! I wanted to be one of them and now I am 7 years later. I love every moment and every challenge that keeps me on my toes and feeling good. Working out is a privilege and blessing, which I would like to keep doing as long as I’m healthy and able.

Since I have been coming to CrossFit Ellis, many things have changed for me.

  1. I’m so much more confident now than ever before.
  2. I’m more comfortable with being uncomfortable.
  3. How I order out when dining at a resturant.
  4. The way I buy groceries. I’m more mindful of what I buy, learned to read labels, and even track my foods. Thanks to the Nutritional Challenges here at the box.
  5. I have been able to balance my depression and menopause with exercise, healthy diet and all natural supplements, versus medication!
  6. Most of all my perception of working out isn’t a dreadful one. I actually look forward to it and feel guilty if I miss.

The box started in Aaron & Lacey’s Garage, which didn’t last very long because we outgrew it fast. We have been at our current location for 6 years now. One thing I have noticed though is the box is more than just a metal building or a gym. Its the people! The community makes it, along with a great coaching staff. We have become a family, a group of like minded people with one common goal. To become better versions of ourselves!

The box has become my sanctuary. That one hour a day safe spot, where we can come and leave all the day’s stress behind.

I have hit many personal records to date, we call them PR’s! I also like to call them milestones. There were movements and other gymnastics that I could not do when I first started, but it did not keep me from quitting. I would always stress that I may not be able to do it today, but I will one day and I did!

If I had to name one it would have to be “Murph”. This workout is long, tough and mental, especially if you perform it as perscribed.

For time:

1 Mile Run

100 pull-ups

200 push-ups

300 air squats

1 Mile Run

With a weighted vest 20/14lb

Every year I have dedicated this one to my brother Daniel Garcia, who we lost in 2003. A veteran in the Army. This is my 6th year performing this WOD, and with my trusty partner Shellie Heard, we have both RX’d it the last two years in a row.

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