I have been in CrossFit for almost a year and as with all endeavors in my life, I look to see if there have been Black women doing it. This is how I came across Elisabeth Akinwale. She is celebrated in all my online communities devoted to black women CrossFitters! She is trained as a trained social worker, and I especially loved seeing her in a YouTube video, "Happiness and Intellectual Pursuits."
I was in total amazement of her physical abilities and her storytelling style, but I was really happy when I peeped a copy of Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras on her bookcase!!
After one particularly awesome day, I sent her a note over Facebook to let her know how much I appreciate her and how much of a motivator she is for me. She actually wrote me back! I was really happy to get a note from her. She was going to be in Boston in January for the East Coast Championship, and while I bought a ticket, bad weather (surprise!) kept me from attending. I found out that she does seminars and as a treat, I decided to fly down to Baltimore to attend.
I was initially nervous because I wasn't sure what types of movements she'd have the class doing, but my excitement over meeting and learning from her won me over. I had a wonderful time learning about nutrition, rest, the power of positive and intentional thinking, and the importance of working every day on movements that give me trouble.
|She showed us how she does handstands.|
|This is the first step to me getting a handstand.|
|Not sure what she was teaching us now, possibly handstand walks.|
|She showed us how to do pull ups at the end of the day.|
|I really need to frame this picture!|
|This is me with Brian and Curtis, the owners of CrossFit Laurel. They were wonderful!|