August Athlete of the Month: Mariko Geiger

How and when did you discover CrossFit & what concerns or problems did you have before you started?

When I first came to Everproven, I was getting really burnt out on doing the same workouts in my basement alone and staring at my own face in the mirror every day. I knew if I didn’t switch things up I was probably on the verge of abandoning working out entirely. I knew almost nothing about Crossfit before I decided to show up as a drop-in one day, not realizing that you really aren’t supposed to do that. I had no idea what I was doing but everyone was super welcoming, seemed to be having fun, and had an energy I found very appealing.

What results have you gotten so far?

When I first started I was basically terrified to do anything, or try anything new. I was scared to jump onto a box of any height, I couldnt jump rope, I thought I’d never do a pull-up ever, and definitely did not think I would ever be able to climb all the way up a rope. I can do all those things and much more now. Having so many little incremental wins has made me much more confident in general, and willing to challenge myself outside the gym as well. I always leave class feeling better (emotionally and mentally, not necessarily physically) than when I came.

What is different about EverProven services?

All the coaches seem genuinely invested in your success and happy to meet you at the level you are at. Also, I like being able to just trust the programming and not have to make any decisions myself except to just show up and do my best.

What would you tell someone that is on the fence about joining EverProven?

What you think you are looking for in a gym/workout might not be what you actually need. I was absolutely not looking for any kind of community or social activity, but being surrounded by a welcoming positive group of people also looking to improve themselves has kept me motivated and coming back.

What is one interesting fact many people don’t know about you?

I grew up in NYC so I didnt learn to drive until 36 years old. You might be able to figure that out yourself though if you ride in a car with me.

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