Part 3: Crossfit Craze has Daniels hooked

Local - 5/8/2014 6:33 PM by Rachael Cardin

OAK HILL ­ Amanda Daniels is a mother, a wife, a teacher.. but also a crazed Crossfitter since day 1.


"The first day I stepped into the box I was a little nervous, a little scared just like everybody else and it was awesome. Everybody supported me, it was my first time going through a WOD that I had no idea what I was doing and everybody was so supportive I had a lot of fun. I was hooked, ever since then I was hooked," said Daniels.


After her pregnancy Daniels said she needed the right fitness program and with her husband's Crossfit background she decided to try it for herself only to see numerous results.


Daniels said, "I definitely lost pounds but I also gained a lot of strength, a lot of muscle and strength and endurance. The process is just like any other process, it takes work, hard work, dedication and a lot of motivation to do it every day."


Daniels encourages anyone willing to try Crossfit to take the first step: "you improve each time you come. You get stronger you get faster, you get better at the movements each day."


After doing Crossfit for over a year, Daniels looked back on what this fitness program has given her. "I love the way I feel, I love having this increased energy and not being as stressed and liking my body and also being a better mother and a better wife and a better Christian and a better teacher because of it. It's made me a better person. It's made me better than yesterday for sure," said Daniels.


Being a physical education teacher, Daniels said she wanted to share Crossfit with her students, and was granted the money to do so by the Beckley Area Grant Foundation.


Daniels said, "they love it, they're interested. It keeps them on their toes and it's something different it's not the normal PE classes that they're used to and I can actually see improvements in each one of them."


Like so many others, Daniels said the Crossfit community is one of the greatest aspects of the program.


Daniels: "The best thing about Crossfit in my opinion is the community aspect. We come together, were here for a goal I better ourselves, to be better than yesterday to be healthier."


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