“Crush has been my workout family for almost 3 years now. I have always been an athlete – multiple sports in both high school and college. In 2012 I ran 52 5ks; 2014 – 13 half marathons and a full marathon in early 2014; however, I was still a ‘bigger’ girl, even with all of that. After college sports ended, I ate and drank what I wanted, thinking it wouldn’t catch up with me, but it did – all 50lbs. In the fall of 2014, when I was uninspired to do it on my own, I found Crush. At first, 3xs a week was more than enough and I cherry picked workouts, but I gradually grew to a regular 5amer (still am!), waking up 5xs a week to sweat and cuss and sometimes cry through WODs.
Working out has never been the issue, more so the eating. February 1, 2016, a group at Crush started Whole30. Apprehensive at first, I joined in on February 15 and completed my own 30 days. I realized that eating no processed foods, no sugar, no alcohol, no dairy (and boy do I love cheese AND ice cream!) was something that made me feel better, sleep better and be better. Still tipping the scale at 225 at the end of 2016, I vowed to do something different. With the love, care and encouragement of my Crush family, I took on a whole 60, which turned into a whole 90, and then whole 180 (which I will finish 7 days shy of do to a once in a lifetime trip to Ireland and Scotland). Point is, I know I could do the last 7 days, it’s no longer about the number of days – 173 proved more than enough to me.
With my food choices in check and a supportive group of regular friends joining me daily and pushing me far past limits I ever thought possible (250# back squat anyone?), I have lost 45 lbs, run the fastest 10k pace per mile ever (without running training) and have learned/incorporated what truly fuels my body to accomplish what I want it to in a true mind, body, spirit overhaul. Thank you Crush, for investing time and energy into me, day in and day out! Bring on Half Ironman Boulder 2018!!!”
– Erin Murphy