Featured Member: Kami Booi
“We believe we could all strive to be more like Kami! When Kami steps in the “box” she brings with her a contagious zest for life. She arrives with a positive attitude and smile on her face. She works out without complaint. She is determined to let NOTHING get in her way- not even breast cancer! Kami has an amazing story that depicts how CrossFit and her CrossFit family helped her through the tough times. She is an inspiration to all of us”
MY CROSSFIT LIFE
By Kami Booi (aka: Bubbles, KAM BAM, Joy, and Laughing Lady)
I can’t imagine my life without CrossFit!
WHY I STARTED CROSSFIT: A few of my friends were talking about this new gym in town called CrossFit. They all knew how much I enjoyed exercising and encouraged me to try it. At first, I was Skeptical. I had never even heard of CrossFit. Furthermore, I surely did not want my name up on some board with my time and reps posted! I enjoyed exercising by myself and my experience with weight lifting was minimal. After a couple of weeks of peer pressure, I decided to give it a try. That was nearly four years ago!
WHY I STILL DO CROSSFIT: I still do CrossFit for many reasons. During a WOD, I am totally in the moment. I am in the now, the present, not pondering the past or worrying about the future. I love the sense of accomplishment I feel when I do better on a repeat WOD, when I Rx a WOD I had previously scaled or successfully do a movement such as rope climbs for the first time! I also love working out with others and the friends I’ve made. The social aspect of CrossFit has become a huge part of my life.
GREATEST SUCCESS: I believe my greatest success with CrossFit was coming back to the gym after I had a Double Mastectomy. I wasn’t in a very good place mentally or emotionally at that time. My husband basically had to push me out the door to go. It hurt to hang on the pull-up bar, I couldn’t lift weight over my head, and I had lost all my endurance. But with hard work, time an amazing personal trainer, and support from my CrossFit family I am stronger and more determined than ever before!!
WHAT HAS CHANGED IN MY LIFE: I live a happier, healthier, less stressful lifestyle. I have taken on challenges that I would have never dreamed possible in the gym as well as in my personal life. I am stronger mentally as well as physically. This positive influence has carried on through my husband and children who have all participated in CrossFit.