June/July 2016 - The Shredder - Julie Elsea

ell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)

Hi,  I’m Julie!  I’m 34 years old, graduated from Radford (many years ago).  I have 1 daughter named Hannah, and a furbaby named Diesel.  I am a customer service rep at an ink company in Weyers Cave.  I am originally from Winchester and have lived in the Harrisonburg area for about 6 years now.

How long have you been doing crossfit? 

I’ve been doing crossfit since December of 2013, so about 2.5 years.

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)

Honestly, I feel like I have a crossfit moment at least once a week.  But probably the first one was my first time doing the 12 days of Christmas- The Rock style. I had been doing Crossfit approx. 3 weeks at this point.  After what felt like the 1000th burpee I thought I would never make it.  I have actually come to use that workout each year as my reference point of how far I have come.

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

Probably Cleans and Rowing.

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?

Pull ups!  They are my nemesis.

What are your goals?

Goals huh?  Well, currently my goals circle back to getting my double unders strung together, and getting more than 2 pull ups unassisted.  For a long time I only wanted to be strong, but I’ve come to really understand that I want to be good at the things I’m not good at right now.  So I guess my goals are really to just be better at everything gymnastics related.

What motivates you to continue coming back?

The thing that motivates me to continue coming back is the feeling I get when I walk in the door.  When I walk in, somebody always says hello!  We have created this beautiful little community in which we suffer together, and laugh together, and sometimes cry together.  I cannot begin to tell you how much that has meant to me especially in the last year and half.

What’s your favorite cheat meal? 

Depends on the day, but probably pizza, or chips.  I can kill a bag of chips in a sitting.  I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

Family.  I know some of the people at Rocktown better than my own family. This place is such a happy safe space.  Some days are more grueling than others, but I cannot imagine pushing myself to the extent I do, with any other group of people.

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)

I am so very thankful that I found my way to The Rock.  When I started I was very out of shape and had a 4 month old baby at home.  I hated the way I looked, and felt.  As I’ve gotten stronger, and the weight has fallen off, my self doubt, and poor attitude have also gone away.  I still struggle from time to time with those 2 things, but I can tell you, I have come a very long way.  I attribute 100% of that to the Rock.  The friends I have made, and continue to make here have at times been the only thing keeping me sane (if you can call me sane).  There was a point in my life that I can quite literally say that The Rock saved my life.  If I hadn’t been able to come in and squat away all of the outside world I’m not sure what I would have done.  I’ve gone from someone who never thought I was good enough, to someone who has seen what hard work can do.  All the coaches have been patient with me when I needed patience, encouraged me when I needed encouragement, and pushed me farther than I ever thought possible.  All of the things I have accomplished since starting has been a testament to the coaching staff and programming at the Rock.  Trust the process!

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

If Julie isn’t one of the greatest examples where persistence and consistency will pay off I don’t know what is.  I don’t know the total amount but as the picture below will show you, Julie has lost a ton of weight.  She didn’t run 15 miles a day, she didn’t starve herself, she strengthened her body and her mind.  Julie will be the first to admit early on there were times of self doubt…and today I’m happy to say those moments are few and far between.  As much as Julie had to train her body to do things the right was it takes the training of the mind to complete the tasks at hand and she’s done a great job with both.  Julie has also done a great job of knowing where to draw the line when it comes to weights and movements, she knows when to try for a little extra but also knows when to lay off the gas just a little which have kept her healthy for almost 3 years.  Keep shredding Julie…always remember its not the end result but the journey that changes us!