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From Defeated to Deadlifts


Debby first connected to Rainier Health & Fitness (RHF) through the 2013 Healthiest Loser challenge. Back then, Debby remembers, “I could not even do 10 minutes on the elliptical and I cried when I did it.” 

After the challenge, Debby continued to exercise on the elliptical and attend cycling classes at the gym, but she felt like she had plateaued. 

“I thought I was doing everything right, coming and do the elliptical and treadmill and stuff like that, but it wasn’t engaging. And sometimes I need somebody to spit fire on me.”

The fire ignited was when RHF trainer, David, suggested that Debby try CrossFit. 

“I want to but I can’t afford it,” Debby replied. David stripped away that excuse and offered her an RHF scholarship. 

Debby’s first few days were pretty rough. 

“When I first started CrossFit I thought, ‘I am going to die!’” However, she stuck with the program and nearly a year later reported: 

“I can jump rope and I can skip again. I can run faster…And now deadlifting 75kg… I didn’t even know what a deadlift was nor did I know how to use a bar. I thought that was for professionals. It is close to 180 pounds.” 

In addition to improving her physical abilities, Debby found support from her CrossFit community. “They are very encouraging, especially as I am middle-aged. I am overweight. I don’t have a lot of confidence but they seem to think that I can do it. That is what makes me know that I can do it.” 

Debby’s trainer also motivates her. “If David says ‘I know you can do it,’ I know I can do it. He is not going to make me fail. So when I look at him cross-eyed I’m like ‘What?’ And he looks at me, ‘Yes, Debby, you can do it.’”

Debby invites her friends too, telling them, “It is like a family, a community. Whenever someone says they need to join a gym, I say, ‘Go to Rainier Health & Fitness.’…I explain to them that it is the best thing you’ll ever do.”

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Published on by Emily Williamson.