What is an Athlete? It never really occurred to me that, while I was always an athletic person, I would ever call myself an athlete. A year and eight months ago, I scanned CrossFit HQ's main site, looked up San Antonio, and found that Body Armor was less than a couple miles away from my university campus. I took them up on their first free class, then came back two days later. Days became weeks; weeks became months. For awhile, I still didn't think I was an "athlete". I didn’t think I was an athlete until I could do those WODs "as RX'd". I was good at adapting to and learning various sports, but I wasn't great. There was at a point in my life where, amidst this crazy college life of double-majoring, little sleep, and little time to myself, I wanted to participate in some sort of physical activity that I could just start up and make it long-term. So I searched, anywhere from beach volleyball to women's rugby, and after working with rehabilitating military service members who conducted "CrossFit rehab", I decided to check out what this CrossFit business was really about. In my mind, CrossFit is a sport, a sport that encompasses the main event: Life. It's translated everyday things of my personal goings-on, to the point where I face incessant study demands or carrying 4 back-to-back-classes worth of books across campus, as WODs in and of themselves. I've never been competitive against other people, which somewhat drives me away from traditional sports. I just want to beat "myself", my weaknesses. So while it may seem like a competition against others in CrossFit, I love the fact that all individuals undergo the same "suck" and in the end, all are victorious who complete the workout. If you finish early, you cheer on the ones still pushing through. I love the idea of how "all reps count" so that you are giving your best from the start to the end. I love the drive to be a well-rounded individual, not specializing in certain skills but to "expect the unexpected" -- doesn't that sound like life overall? Since that fateful day in August 2009, I've learned that an athlete is someone who has the intestinal fortitude to stick to a regimen and have the will to develop and make a physical change. Fast-forward to the present day; changes have indeed been made. WODs still look daunting but don't look impossible anymore (muscle-ups are still a work in progress, but so are many aspects in life). I must also add that credit must be duly given to where it is due, and no testimonial would be complete without proper thanks. Therefore, if it weren't for the humbling guidance and encouragement of Body Armor's outstanding coaches, I don't think I could actually come to the physical capabilities I can harness today. I consider my physical successes as real testimonials of excellent coaching, thanks to Paul, Liz, Rudy, Peaches, and Jen.