The global pandemic brought Abby back to Madison, where she immediately started Remote Coaching with us. We hadn’t gotten to meet in person, but once the gym was able to open she jumped right into regular classes. Her consistency each week is paying off. We love having her in classes where, even though we are all wearing masks, you can just tell she is always smiling!
Why did you choose Recursive?
Due to the pandemic, I was forced to leave my fellowship in Jerusalem, and move to Madison on an absolute whim. Before getting a plane ticket or finding a place to live, one of the first things I did was look for a new gym because I knew it would ease my transition back to the US and back to Madison. I liked that Recursive is on the bike path, so I can bike easily from my apartment.
What is your favorite thing about working out at Recursive?
The community at Recursive has been so important during these last few months. Coming to the gym has been such a necessary reprieve from my current daily routine working from home. It has been so nice having the gym as a safe place to get out the house, stay active, and connect with others in town. It has definitely made working from home and social distancing more tolerable.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had the last few months?
Moving, isolation, and all the unknowns. I had only a week to plan for a move to Madison. I do best when I have a consistent schedule. I’m definitely a bit of a planner. I’ve had anything but that until recently. It has also been a struggle to spend most of my time at home writing. I definitely miss spending more time with others! Having a consistent fitness schedule has immensely helped with all of this.
What is your biggest accomplishment in the last month?
I’m not sure about the last month, but I think my biggest accomplishment in the last few months is adjusting to social distancing and maintain my mental health. I’ve always been terrible at working from home and usually get depressed when I spend a lot of time inside and alone. I’m proud that I’ve managed to stay productive and sane over the last few months. I also learned how to do double-unders! I could barely do 1 back in April when I started the at home workouts and now I can do them fairly consistently.
How has Recursive changed your life?
Having a healthy community and some consistency has been so helpful for me to get through this huge life change. Biking over to the gym and having an hour where life feels somewhat normal has become the best part of my day.
What advice do you have for people who are nervous to get started?
Go for it! I was nervous to start Crossfit because I had always been more into cardio and running and was a bit intimidated by weight lifting. I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in my strength, stamina, and speed since starting Crossfit and I always feel super accomplished doing things I didn’t think I could do. My running pace has improved tremendously.
What is something else fun you’d like to share about yourself?
Until I was 21 (10 years ago now) I had never been on a plane, didn’t even have a passport, and had never left the south (I spent the first 22 years of my life in North Carolina). I even had a southern accent. Since I graduated college in 2012, I have lived in 3 foreign countries (France, Germany, and Israel) as well as Madison and DC. Madison has come to feel like home and I hope to get to stay here!