Member of the Month – Jill Graniero

What were you doing for fitness before you joined?

I stayed active most of my life by playing sports. I payed basketball through high school and  softball all the way through college. Once I graduated from college, I stayed active by doing a ton of endurance races like the Tough Mudder and Spartan Race (I have more participation medals then I can count). Those races are usually a combination of strength and endurance, so I decided to join CrossFit in order to better prepare myself. I joined a local CrossFit gym back in my hometown of Staten Island, NY, and I have been doing CrossFit pretty consistently for about 7 years now.

What was your absolute biggest challenge prior to joining?

I have always been pretty comfortable being an athlete, so I wasn’t too intimidated by the physical aspects of CrossFit.  What I lacked was a belief in myself and the knowledge that I could do anything that I set my mind to. CrossFit proved to me over and over again – that if I put in the work, I would be capable of reaching my goals. That belief spilled over to all aspects of my life.

How did that challenge make you feel?

I believe that it held me back from reaching my full potential as an athlete and as a person. There were many things that I wanted to do in my life that I just brushed off because I didn’t think I was capable.

What changed after joining?

Joining CrossFit marked a huge turning point in my life. I gained new skills, pushed through tough workouts, and met like minded people that inspired me to be better every single day. All of this translated over to my life and my career. I developed a growth mindset, constantly seeking to improve and become a better person in all aspects of my life.

What specific results can you share (Improvements/accomplishments in the gym and life)?

There were so many achievements and milestones that CrossFit helped me reach in the past 7 years.  I have mentioned already what CrossFit has done for my mindset, but there were a ton of accomplishments on the physical side of things as well.  In my first couple of years I remember my first pull-ups, double unders, hspu, muscle up – all being huge accomplishments for me.  In addition to that, I improved in my endurance and began running half marathons and triathlons – things I had never considered doing before joining CrossFit.

Now that I have been doing CrossFit for so long, I find joy in just showing up and getting a good workout in. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty to accomplish, but I don’t put as much pressure on myself as I did a few years ago, which in turn makes the whole experience more enjoyable.

What would you say to somebody on the fence about joining?

Everyone is nervous before they join, regardless of their fitness level. Take the leap. You will find a community of people that will encourage you and push you to be better every single day. I have made some of my best friends in my life through meeting them at CrossFit.  The community can’t be beat, and it’s something that is rarely found in your typical globo gym.