Fitting into Cross Training by Shanae Heard

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Will Reynolds Young | 1 comment
Fitting into Cross Training by Guest Contributor Shanae Heard

I'm back!!! The last time I wrote, I was in the very beginning of my journey. It's been 6 months and so much has happened. I've hit many PR's and seen physical changes. More importantly, I've learned so much about myself.

I went into Cross Training expecting so much. I was so excited to have a box and a coach. I wanted to get a 6 pack, learn to stand and everything. I was like a kid on a shopping spree, I wanted to grab everything on the shelf of Fitness. I'm realizing that Fitness is not a matter of grabbing from the shelf but bringing the shelf to you. My cross training tailors me. 
In the process, I've put too much pressure on myself as well as my coach. I've realized that I may not be the next Steph Hammerman (she's my idol.) I may never compete, but every day I do something I've never done before is a day to be proud.  I'm getting fit and having fun.
As someone with Cerebral Palsy, my body tends to have a mind of its own. Sometimes, I go into the box and everything goes the way I envisioned. Other days, it doesn't go the way I planned. The coolest thing about this entire thing is that my coach and I have been able to communicate and learn together. Before every new movement and new challenge, my coach always says, "I don't know if it's going to work but we will figure it out." I love that she isn't scared to try.
In attempt to strive for something, and see my progress on a bigger platform, I've signed up to do a partner 1k and 5k (a week apart) with my friends. I'm going to wheel it the best I can. I'll be using my crossFIXE a lot.
In the midst of all this, I have been nominated a "local hero" by one of my best friends. The top four winners get an accessible van. Here's the catch: people have to vote daily between now and May 9th, 2014. This would be such a big step towards independence in my life! Transportation has always been a hurdle for me. There have even been times where I've even struggled to get to the gym. If I were to somehow win this vehicle it would allow me to go off to school, not be an online student, get a job, and not depend solely on others. I want to be able to get out more and be social, travel to places I've never been, but most importantly be in control of my own life. I'm not saying I don't have control now but it is hard to balance independence and dependence at the same time. Throughout this entire campaign my motto has been, can you imagine life without independence? The ability to do what you want, love and need without worry?

I would greatly appreciate if you would vote for me. Don't forget, you can vote everyday through May 9, 2014.
The best way to enjoy life is to just release the pressure and have fun doing what you love. Fitness is a lifestyle and I'm living it the best way I know how!


Shanae Heard is a 24 year old Psychology student studying at Troy University in Auburn, AL.

She can be found on Twitter and Facebook

Read Shanae's previous post: Breaking The Barriers - One WOD at a Time.
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  • KT Pierce

    Well, you’re definitely MY hero, too, for sure!!! WORK IT, GRRRRRL!!!


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