A little over a year ago, Maura Brown entered Jason Khalipa’s affiliate, CrossFit Santa Clara, weighing 260 lb. She couldn’t do a single air squat, or hang from the pull-up bar. Since then, Maura has lost over 100 lb. and completely transformed herself.
“You watch over the past year just the transformation as an individual from someone who wasn’t as comfortable to now comfortable, happy, proud, strong,” Khalipa says.
CrossFit has helped Brown to, in her words, “live her life fuller every day.” She works as a fifth-grade teacher and instructs all subjects, including physical education. Through her experience with CrossFit, Brown now feels that she can be a “true example” for her students of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. She’s even found ways to incorporate nutrition into math class.
Brown’s next step is competing in the CrossFit Games Open. She was originally planning to wait a year to compete. But, then she thought, why not do it this year to evaluate her fitness right now? And next year she knows she’ll be in even better shape.
Additional reading: The Reebok CrossFit Games Open.