CrossFit of Ithaca

Donna Atkinson

CrossFit Level 1

American Red Cross: CPR/AED Certified

"I began CrossFit in September 2016 after finally admitting I needed a big change. Alcohol was playing too large a part of my life. I had this feeling that I was busy wasting time. So I had my first sober day on September 11 and first walked into CFI September 14th. I was very much out of my element after smoking for 19 years, working a sedentary job and certainly never considering myself an athlete. And when I started classes, a miracle happened: I had fun! I got out of my head and concentrated on the work. Now it’s been a couple of years of slow, steady showing up and I’m still transforming physically and mentally while maintaining happy sobriety.

I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to share the benefits of CrossFit at CFI as a Level 1 Trainer! It is my best day when athletes light up after new accomplishments, complete a task they didn’t think possible or share how they overcame something outside the gym because of the mindset established inside the gym. It is my practice and goal we all get a little ‘better every day’ and have fun with the process. I am honored to be a part of a stellar coaching team and lovely community of kind, striving people."


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