Leilani Whaitiri, CFAK PT Ninja.
For all the PT Ninjas out there……..
I still remember sitting in the CrossFit Auckland kitchen with Coach Alex and him asking me – “Do you really want this? Are you willing to put in the work?”
To tell you honestly, I was taken back for a minute and then when I had processed those questions I was defensive, scared, excited and then rather than argue with someone who could probably crush me with his little finger, I took a leap of faith and accepted whatever THIS was. So after a couple days of crapping myself in fear, I got a call to say I’ve been booked in with some Irish guy for my first PT session.
Now you may ask why did I decide to go down the PT route? Well I had a bit of an accident that completely turned my life upside down, which meant I need specialized help. But that’s the great thing about CrossFit, it can be scaled to your specific needs. Yes, most definitely it can be intimidating at times, and I sometimes have the urge to run out of the box screaming and never come back because I think Coach Dave is crazy when he loads 110kg onto my barbell and tells me to lift it! But then someone walks past and offers a few words of support, and it’s like a shot of confidence just when you need it most. There is always a wall of support behind you even if you don’t always notice it.
After the accident I spent every day in pain – I was a completely different person. I had to deal with excruciating headaches, depression, light sensitivity, dizziness, memory loss, lethargy and a very limited range of motion in my neck and shoulder. As a result I lost all control of my weight and confidence in myself.
Getting fitter and stronger allowed me to build up not only my physical strength but my mental strength as well. The first time I did an overhead snatch I had to hold back the tears because I NEVER thought I would ever be able to lift weight over my head because of my injuries – but I did! CrossFit Auckland has given me a second chance in life and as I slowly but surely conquer new movements each week I feel like my old “happy” self again.
I am grateful to Coach Dave (even though sometime things are lost in translation!) as I have achieved so much in the 11 months I have trained with him. I love weightlifting and hate Met-cons but I know I can’t have one without the other. I know everything I have achieved has been from pure hard bloody work, which makes this an even greater personal achievement. And even though I am a PT Ninja, I still feel like part of the bigger CFAK whanau and so this is why I share my story.
I will always be eternally grateful.