I still vividly remember the first morning I went to Ludus.

I sat in my car trying to summon the courage to enter, while trying not to notice how fit and athletic looking everyone who had walked through the door so far had looked.   I was sure this place was WAY out of my league.   I should go away and get fit, then come back!

In the end the only reason I crossed the threshold to the Arena was that I’d told a friend that I was going and didn’t want to be “that girl”, you know –  the one that says she is going to do things and doesn’t.  I hate “that girl.”

I somewhat timidly walked up to the guy who looked like he was in charge and said “Are you Joe?  My friend Brooke said you’d look after me.”  He flashed a smile said “yep,” wrapped an arm around my shoulder and continued “I got you.”   That was nearly four years ago and he’s still got me under his MASSIVE wing.

For those of you who are relative newcomers to my blog this might be the first time you’ve heard me talk about Ludus, because I haven’t been in regular attendance since the middle of 2013!  I became much more immersed in the structure that crossfit training provided and honestly,  this old dog enjoyed learning some new tricks.   I’d still (shockingly) incorporate Ludus sessions on occasion because there is no place like it and although crossfit encourages community,  I still consider Ludus to be my home.  I guess a good analogy would be if I moved to France (which would be over James’ dead body), I’d still be a kiwi even if I was away for years.

This morning when I walked into the arena and started on the round of good morning hugs and kisses I honestly heard an 80’s theme song turn on in my head …

Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name,
and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name.

Granted not everyone knows my name these days, but I’ve got a feeling I’m going to stay around long enough that they will, especially since this year the trainers are implementing scaled WODs which I think is awesome.   Quite frankly there are some days you just don’t want to do 100 burpees to warm up!

So for those of you who have been tempted to try Ludus BUT are waiting to be “fit enough”, “strong enough” or more possibly “crazy enough” you no longer have an excuse not to “Train Hard, Have Fun, Belong”

Till next time





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