I walked into CrossFit Bezel two years ago . . .

When you reach a certain age milestone in your life, you have a tendency to look back and reflect on where you are now compared to where you were before.  Granted, most people wouldn’t call age 29 a milestone…but for the last week, the question everyone has been asking me is, “so how are you feeling about being 30 next year?”  My response is the same for every variation of this question: “I am not afraid of turning 30.  I feel better now than I did when I was 20.”  Now, my favorite part about this question is their reaction.  I usually get a shocked expression…and then they ask why.

My answer is simple: Because I am a member of CrossFit Bezel.

I have been a member of the Bezel family for 2 years now.  I was suffering from what I like to call “giving birth a second time” and was struggling!  I hated how I felt, looked, and the lack of energy I had to now take care of and run around after two little boys.  I was a college athlete…this should not be how I feel!  My solution of hitting up the nearest gym and riding the elliptical machine wasn’t cutting it.  I also had been ignoring my mother for a few months now about this gym that she had been going to called CrossFit Bezel.  When I finally got up the courage to walk into those doors, my life changed.  What once was an “I need to get rid of this used-to-be-pregnant belly” turned into so much more.  It was a lifestyle change.

I am a member of CrossFit Bezel to learn what my body can do when I fuel it the right way. 

I have learned all about nutrition and how if you TRULY want to make a change in your life, this is where it starts.  I have learned the hard way about not fueling your body correctly before a workout (side note…do NOT eat waffles right before a morning workout…you will see them again).  I have always been a picky eater and in the last 2 years, I have grown to eat so much more.  I am no longer on the mac and cheese diet…and my energy and fitness levels appreciate that!

I am a member of CrossFit Bezel because it helped me set goals. 

If you want to be successful at something, you have to do it…a lot.  Before Bezel, I was an “oh that’s too hard for me so I am going to sit here and watch you do it” kind of person.  Not anymore!!  It took me 6 months, lots of whip marks, bruises, and curse words to master the double under.  I am full of so much pride and excitement when I see them in workouts now because I know how much hard work it took for me to master them!  We have an awesome goal board in the gym that always makes me smile as I pass it and see another person mark off their victory.  (Just in case you’re curious…if you don’t know what a double under is, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sraZfiXxtBI)

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I am a member of CrossFit Bezel because it makes me a better mom.

I live in a “boys only” world.  It’s a dark, scary, and smelly world full of lots and lots of energy.  Did I mention energy?  And being the only girl in the house, means that dad gets all the cool points.  I love that my kids know I work out.  I love that they know the difference between healthy foods and junk foods.  I love that if they want me to pull them in the wagon, crawl around with them outside, or do a pull up on the tree branch out in the backyard that I can do it!  They also think it’s so cool that Mom can bring 4 bags of groceries and a watermelon inside all at once!  Setting a good example for my kids has become one of my greatest accomplishments.

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I am a member of CrossFit Bezel so I won’t kill my husband. 

Let’s be honest everyone…“me” time is essential for staying sane keeping a positive attitude throughout your day.  When I walk into Bezel, I leave the world behind me for just one hour.  I have had some awful days where the last thing I wanted to do was work out.  However, I have walked in the door and left a different person.  Every single time, working out there makes me feel so much better and I leave with a different attitude.  It’s my therapy.  When I get to lift heavy things, get out of my comfort zone, or just sweat a little bit, it works every time.

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I am a member of CrossFit Bezel for the competition. 

Friendly competition is so good for you.  Everyone at Bezel is so different and is filled with so many different skills, it’s easy to find someone who is better than you at something.  And that’s okay…because I am most likely better than they are at something.  Some people are great runners or have awesome upper body strength.  There are some who are super flexible and others who can probably put me on their back and do a back squat.  I love being motivated by the people at Bezel.  Every single person there pushes me to be better in some way.  Whether it’s to finish a workout or to be a better teammate, I am becoming a better person each time I step into that gym.

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I am a member of CrossFit Bezel to help me be a role model for others. 

I am a high school volleyball coach…which means I am surrounded by teenage girls all the time.  Whether it’s during season at practice or on Instagram, I want my girls to know that being strong is way better than being unhealthy.  Society tells these girls that unless they look like a Victoria Secret model, they aren’t good enough.  I used to be the type of girl who wanted to be “skinny like (insert any famous celebrity)” but I have learned that being strong is so much sexier.  CrossFit Bezel changed this mindset for me…and I am SO glad they have started an Athlete Training Program to help spread the word to other young girls.

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I am a member of CrossFit Bezel because of the coaches.  

I may be a little biased, but we have the best trainers in the world. My favorite thing about them is that they know each and every member like the back of their hands. When I walk in, they know what kind of mood I'm in just by the expression on my face. They know what motivates me and how to push me to perform better. If I have a rough night at the gym, I guarantee you that one of the coaches will send me an email or text asking how I am doing the next day. Bezel is the only place I know where the coaches not only care about your fitness, but you as a person.  And I don’t know about you, but I need that extra push each time I step into the gym to help me reach my goals.

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I am a member of CrossFit Bezel because the people are my family. 

I have met my best friend at that gym.  There are people that have volunteered to babysit my kids, no questions asked, when I’ve gotten into a bind.  I know that I could call most of the members at any given time and they would be there for me if I needed them to be.  We have struggled through tough, emotional workouts for our fallen military heroes together.  We have been through weddings and babies together.  Last year, a friend of mine was killed while running.  My Bezel family was very quick to do a run in her honor.  As tears are streaming down my face, a fellow Bezel member stops her run to come and hug me.  They are my family.  It’s my home away from home.  Our conversations slowly grow from a simple “nice job on that lift” to more personal things or inside jokes.  There are people in so many different stages of life that are members of CrossFit Bezel (remember…I did mention my mother works out there!).  There are moms, dads, college kids, grandmas, volleyball players, soccer players, and people who have never played a sport a day in their lives.  And I love them all.  We all may be different but we all are in the same place for one purpose…for a better quality of life.

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I walked into CrossFit Bezel two years ago hoping to lose some of my curves, but ended up gaining so much more.  I’ve gained muscle, confidence, skills I use in everyday life, mental toughness, and a family for life.  As I see new people nervously enter the gym, I remember starting in that same position two years ago and I can’t help but get so excited knowing that they are making the best decision of their lives.  I can’t wait to see where I am in my CrossFit journey next year as I turn 30…and the many many years to come!!

Kasey Ogden

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