Member Stories – Paulla Santos

Hello, everyone! Thanks for checking out my member story!

As a child, I spent a lot of time hiking the various forests in the Pacific Northwest and playing different sports. During my first couple years of college, I played for the University of Oregon Women’s Rugby Team and played in the UO Marching Band.

Being active had always been a part of my life. However, during my last two years at the UO, I became more involved in research as a history student. I was busy writing my honors thesis and during that time I paid little attention to my diet and did not take time to exercise.

I began to notice various changes with my body. Specifically, my energy level was incredibly low and my heart and back started to ache as well. After many failed attempts to get back to my active lifestyle, I decided to give it another shot a few weeks before graduation.

I started slow rather than trying to do too much, too soon like I had previously done. I removed various food and drinks from my diet such as soda, sweets, and other high calorie foods. I also decided to walk everywhere I went. By the time I moved to Madison, Wisconsin for graduate school, I had lost approximately 35 lbs. in about four months.

One day in the of Fall 2016, I decided that I wanted to take my fitness journey to the next level. In addition, I wanted to maintain a more balanced lifestyle when it came to school and my mental/physical health. Many people have told me that I would really enjoy CrossFit and so happens CrossFit Recursive is only about a 10-15 minute walk from my apartment.

Long story short, I absolutely love CrossFit. The structure and variety of workouts, and the supportive community are among my top reasons why I enjoy going to the gym.

I have been a member for about 7 months and I have yet to see a repeated workout. There is always something new that will push me in various ways and I find that incredibly exciting.

The community is amazing. I came to the gym immensely self conscious knowing that I was much weaker than how I was during my rugby days. However, with the support of the Recursive coaches and other members, I have regained my confidence. They always have encouraging things to say and their suggestions push me to be a stronger and more efficient lifter.

My personal record of 110lbs. for bench press and my PR of 245lbs. for deadlift are my proudest moments at the gym thus far. Experiences like these prepared me for my return to the rugby pitch during the UO alumni weekend in May 2017.

Now I intend to train for my first CrossFit competition. Here’s to continued growth at CrossFit Recursive and thanks again for reading!