After redeploying from Afghanistan in February 2014 I was in Columbus GA. I had to struggle through a lot of issues ranging from PTSD to physical problems. I was not doing well; I was always depressed or not feeling well. I figured it was the environment I was in so I decided to move to Lake Junaluska, NC and help my grandmother. Perhaps a change of environment would help me cope with my own issues. I’ve always been a huge CrossFit fan so upon arriving I immediately looked for a gym. Luckily I found the best gym I have ever be in, Crossfit 2311. Just walking into the gym I saw a childhood friend and now I feel that we will be close the rest of our lives. It was one of the most welcoming feelings I have ever felt. JThe gym’s environment and the members immediately brought a sense of happiness to me.
My first impression of 2311 was that I was finally truly accepted somewhere. 2311 had such a welcoming and homey feeling to it. Everyone came and introduced themselves to me. The first thought in my mind was that I never thought I would ever make so many friends in one day. And if you know me, you know that I love making friends! It was so exciting. It made me want to come to all the classes and meet everyone else. Now that I have been there for a while now I don’t think anything has changed. But now, get to see all of the newer members walk through that door. I get to see them making lifelong friends. I don’t think anyone has ever treated a new member any different than any other. It’s so nice to be in an environment where everyone loves each other and can have fun. It still gives me chills when I come back to visit and I walk through those doors.
Currently (12/2014), I reside in Louisville, KY. My goal is to find a way to get back home to my gym. It was a big mistake moving states away to school. I truly miss this family and would do anything to be back with them.
My greatest achievement while CrossFitting is being able to say that I went from not being able to snatch at all before joining 2311 to now being able to snatch a decent amount. The coaches at 2311 are so dedicated to their members and they work hard to be able to train them to their maximum potentials. Its so great to be able to achieve multiple goals and set high standards knowing that not only will your coaches support you the entire way, but so will EVERYONE else!
I have so many memories of 2311 that I can’t pick a favorite. I do enjoy Saturday WODs because I am able to see so many members at once. It is great to work out hard and then sit around and joke with everyone. Seriously,2311 has created loads of memories that I wouldn’t trade for anything.