Aimee Dungo


It was March 2013, I had finally caved in to my cousins’ (loving) peer pressure to give CrossFit a try.  "Fine.  One class then will you stop harassing me?"  Much to my surprise and to their satisfaction, I fell in love.  One single class is all it took.

I grew up playing sports and being active for as long as I can remember. So I always thought I had a good understanding of what I needed to do to stay in shape and be healthy.  The 5x's a week routine at the gym doing TRX, spin, bootcamp, running and the like just wasn’t cutting it.  I was bored.  Unmotivated. I knew I needed to workout, but I really didn't want to.  Just going through the motions, checking it off my list.

After my first CrossFit workout, the soreness set in pretty quickly.  But even more than the physical toll it took, it was the mental "what just happened" moment that sticks with me to this day.  I couldn't quite figure it out, but all I knew was I wanted more.  I actually had the desire to go back even though I barely got through the workout.  I was hooked.

Since then, I've seen so many others have similar experiences.  The physical benefits of a CrossFit workout are pretty obvious. However, the emotional benefits are often unexpected.  Looking at the workout on the whiteboard and having doubts "oh hell, no!" then realizing after it's over, you did the unthinkable and celebrating "oh hell, yes!" Then you realize others around you are on the same physical and emotional roller coaster ride, whether it's their first WOD or 1,000th WOD.  That shared experience brings about a bond, camaraderie, and sense of togetherness that is undeniable. 

I realize now, the bond, camaraderie, and sense of togetherness I've experienced through CrossFit is what I loved so much from my days of playing field hockey in college.  The demands and expectations our coaches put on us as well as the demands and expectations we placed on ourselves were the driving forces that motivated us to keep striving, keep pushing each other, and ultimately achieve and succeed together. 

Our vision and goal at Tribute Strength is to provide an environment where the "team" reigns supreme. Where it isn’t about a single coach or a single member.  It’s about all of us, collectively. Yes, it's up to the individual to set personal goals, to improve on his/her weaknesses, and to perform the movement with integrity.  But it is just as important that we all hold each other accountable. To support and push each other.  So we can achieve and succeed.  As a team.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
— Helen Keller