September 20, 2012
Holly Gera works as the athletic director of a large Division III university, but she never considered herself an athlete—until she found CrossFit.
I am an athletic director who was never an athlete. I have been happily employed at Montclair State University in New Jersey for the past 23 years, 16 of which I have worked as the athletic director. I’ve been active to a varying extent throughout my life, but I never really participated in a regular workout program. My casual activities worked pretty well for health and weight control until I hit my mid-40s, every woman’s dreaded decade.
I started to gain weight, and my three or four walks a week were no longer enough to feel healthy and in shape. I started riding my bicycle more regularly as a way to change up my routine and introduce a new and hopefully effective exercise. I was enjoying the addition of the bike to my routine and was hopeful for some good results until, while out for a ride, I hit some stones and I fell over the handlebars of my bike, breaking both my wrists.
Question: What do you do with two broken wrists?
Answer: Not very much for a very long while!
Another question: What do you do after that?
Answer: A universally scalable functional fitness program called CrossFit.