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