My Story - by Coach Paula
I have been very active since my childhood. I am an energetic person and moving my body has been a natural thing for me. In elementary school I did athletics, played football, danced, did gymnastics and played tennis (along with other non fitness related hobbies). I always wanted to try new things and I was eager to find a hobby that would keep me interested for a long time. Later on my focus was in dancing and cheerleading. I did few competitions and a lot of shows. I usually throw myself into things I am passionate about and even though I was in school I wanted to be more involved with dancing. I started to coach dancing and I did that for the next five years. I was also very active in school plays and shows (musically and dancing-wise), if there was something happening I usually was involved in some way. I wasn't thinking about so much the fitness aspect, I was just enjoying movement, doing things I wanted and on the side it made me more fit. I didn't have any severe injuries and problems with my body, until my lower back started to act up.
For the first time I needed to think what to do, to make myself more healthy and what would keep me active for the rest of my life. I was about 15 when I started to have severe lower back pain. My mom would find me in my room on the floor not being able to stand up on my own. That is not normal for a teen girl. I went to the doctor and they had some bad news. There was structural problems with my back and in the future, possibility for a back surgery. What would keep me healthy was strength training, physio and staying active. That is when I started strength training and noticed that it was a relief to my troubles. Strength training is the key to keeping myself able to move my body, whenever I took a break my back problems got worse. My training had changed. I did dancing for a little while, group training, strength training at the gym and running. When I moved to Helsinki I found myself at the gym most of the times. I heard about crossfit and it would make me curious. For few years I "didn't" have the time or the money to start or I wasn't "fit" enough to start... (we all say this before we start right?) all excuses and the only thing I regret is not starting earlier. On 7.5.2018 I actually started crossfit at Crossfit Sörnäinen. I was excited and nervous. I remember the first real crossfit class, me and my friends were so exhausted only from the warm-up, but we were here to stay. The more you do it, the more you want to do it. Every hard workout made me want to do it more.
I know how much more in (some) sports that women do, the focus is on the looks. Maybe you danced ballet and you have never been "skinny" enough
Ever since I started crossfit it changed my mindset. I know how much more in (some) sports that women do, the focus is on the looks. Maybe you danced ballet and you have never been "skinny" enough, or your team mates have always been more fit and you do the same amount of work and still have a little extra bit of fat, and instead of celebrating healthy bodies that can move we focus on these irrelevant things. That is a big problem still in some sports and it definitely effected my own mindset. For me the looks were always a part of working out, but since I found crossfit looks came less and less important and I started to celebrate even more my improved performance. Today I focus on: how I am moving, how is my technique, how can I learn this new cool skill and how much weight I can lift. And the biggest question: what else I can do to make myself more healthy and happy? Since starting crossfit I have gained more confidence, become more happy in general and I am even more excited to share this with other people now that I am also a crossfit coach. After realising my passion to crossfit and how happy it made me, I wanted to be a bigger part of it. I wanted to share the experience with everyone else, how much happier and more confident can you get by "just" moving your body and achieving your fitness goals. Since I had already coaching experience it felt natural to start coaching crossfit. I was hungry to learn more, I spent almost all my free time learning about it. With Miska's and Thomas's guidance I took the next step and made this dream come true. This was my passion, the one sport I was looking for, the one that made me happy and kept me excited all the time. I knew I wanted to be the best coach I could be and whenever I feel like I don't know something or not enough, I am eager to learn about it. I strongly agree that if you are passionate about something you are willing to go the extra mile and that will show in everything that you do.
I strongly agree that if you are passionate about something you are willing to go the extra mile and that will show in everything that you do.