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Finding Where You’re Supposed to Be by Lacey Dean - CrossFit Journal

In LEO/Mil, Videos

November 14, 2010

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“There is a place where your talents meet the needs of the world, and when you go to that point, that’s where you are supposed to be,” says Lacey Dean, a member of CrossFit Boston.

With her son off to the Air Force Academy, Dean decided she wanted to be an officer in the U.S. Army. However, in officer testing she realized her lack of physical fitness was holding her back. At 39 years old, she would have to get stronger, faster and fitter to keep up with the other new recruits.

That’s when she found CrossFit Boston.

“When every single person who’s at the pinnacle of fitness for where you want to be is saying, ‘Go to CrossFit,’ I had to look into CrossFit,” Dean says.

Welcomed into the CrossFit community, Dean found a new home. She admits that she started weak as a kitten but has continuously seen her strength and ability ramp up. The score on her physical fitness test for officer school improved from 213 to 296 just a year later—and 296 is only four points from a perfect score. She even introduced CrossFit to her son, who is now a member of the affiliate at the academy.

“Sometimes you just know. You just know where you’re supposed to be,” Dean says.

6min 50sec

Video by Again Faster.

Additional reading: Validity of CrossFit Tested by Greg Glassman, published Jan. 1, 2006.

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8 Comments on “Finding Where You’re Supposed to Be”


wrote …

At the age of 42, and moving ever closer to becoming a partner in an affiliate, I can completely relate to feeling like I'm in a place where my talents are going to meet the needs of the world.

Thanks for sharing your story, Lacey!


wrote …

Love that!

Thanks Pat/Again Faster


wrote …

I seriously almost cried....tears of joy for her.....I can feel every word she said.....


wrote …

Amazing! Thanks for sharing this story and I wish Lacey and her son the best.

Great job, Neal and CF Boston.


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

Lacy - you are a straight up BADASS, NO 2 ways about it!

Kick ass and would love to see Part II down the road, hopefully sooner rather than later :)



wrote …

I absolutely love Lacey Dean! She has been such an inspiration. Watching her progress has been incredible. She scored a perfect 300 on her most recent PT test and has the highest score in her battery!

Keep it up Lacey!

~ Jen K. (CrossFit Boston)


wrote …

Hey Lacey!! you ROCK =)) Very well spoken. You look great too!! See ya next time you are at the box.


replied to comment from Glenn Hyzak

Yak Yak, I remember when the only working out you liked doing was a little running and a few pushups. Now you're Mr. Coast Guard CrossFit; that's awesome!

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