Look, Ma: No Bands!

By Monik Lopez-Calleja

In Athletes, Special Populations

September 07, 2010

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Through her RX Girls: Miami blog, Monik Lopez-Calleja is starting a global community of strong women who believe in themselves.

The first time I stepped foot into a CrossFit box was for the grand opening of CrossFit Kingdom. That workout killed me, but it also did something else: it showed me that I could have fun working out. My husband and I signed up that day and committed to three months.

Those first two weeks were some of the most challenging workouts of my life, but in a very short time I began to feel a change in myself. I was hooked. Every day after I came home, I would post on Facebook what I had just done. When I hit a PR, I wrote about it. When I got my first pull-up, I wrote about it.

I would also spend a lot of time on different CrossFit blogs reading motivating stories about how people’s lives had changed because of the program. I felt more motivated than I had ever been, and I wanted to see if other people were as stoked about this as I was. What I found out is there are tons of people out there who felt the same way. I started talking more to the girls at CrossFit Kingdom and sharing stories with them. That’s when I decided to start my own blog, RX Girls: Miami.

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10 Comments on “Look, Ma: No Bands!”

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Tammi Byxbee wrote …

Excellent article- I am starting my journey as a CrossFit coach with my upcoming CFE cert., and hopefully soon my Level One- I currently run an outdoor Kettlebell/Boxing Condtioning boot camp for women in FL-it's alawys great to read about other women who try to empower women and get them to believe that you can be strong and feminine at the same time.

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Great article

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WOW, very inspiring!

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Monik has been a tremendous inspiration to my wife & I. A year ago when she & our son (her husband Daniel) started Crossfit, we were skepical about all that money they were spending when they could just go over to a GloboGym for $20/month, use shiny equipment & have access to a nice air-conditioned facility. Little did I know that soon thereafter we would each (1st me & later my wife) would attend one of their Saturday morning freebie WODs & whoaaaa!!!!... we got hooked.

Crossfit has changed our family completely... Mo & Danny, the young hardbodies & My wife Desi & I are now "Mom & Pop" at the box... I was a fat, diabetic, high cholesterol, high triglyceride, heart patient,carotid artery surgery surviving, 40-yr smoker that had recently had kidney & knee surgery (twice in a year) & taking 10 medications a day... I'll let my wife speak for herself...but the point is that following Monik & Danny's example & good coaching, we still can't do anything Rx (and that's perfectly fine), but our health, our lives & our outlook have been totally transformed. I turn 54 this week & have not felt like I feel today in 25 or more years. Monik (& Danny)'s entusiasm for crossfit & leadership by example have touched many around them.

We tell everyone we can about how crossfit has changed our lives... I've wodded at our local box & at hotel gyms throughout latin america...everyone asks...whatcha doin? (actually ...┬┐Que estas haciendo?) and I tell'em that I'm saving my life. Thanks Mo!!!

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Great article Monik!!!

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Way to go crossfit women.

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replied to comment from javier lopez-calleja

Very inspiring and keep up the hard work....it's all about showing up and doing your best. Let us know when u get that first rx.

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replied to comment from javier lopez-calleja

Very inspiring and keep up the hard work....it's all about showing up and doing your best. Let us know when u get that first rx.

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replied to comment from javier lopez-calleja

Very inspiring and keep up the hard work....it's all about showing up and doing your best. Let us know when u get that first rx.

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Great article monik!! You're so inspirational day in and day out, especially now that you're pregnant and still wodding!! Have loved getting to u know and love working for u at CF Soul :-))))

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