"Like a lot of people, the word “CrossFit” scared me at first. It was an intimidating word, and as far as I was concerned, I wanted nothing to do with it. My husband Matt was doing CrossFit when we started dating a few years ago. Quite honestly, I thought he was crazy! When I imagined what he was doing, I always pictured insane weightlifting. At the time, I had been looking for a great program to get in shape for our wedding, so I decided to humor Matt and try it on a whim. I was always starting new gyms and trying different workouts, but nothing was sticking and nothing was consistent. I remember thinking I would give it a go for a couple months. In the back of my mind, I thought it would be short lived because there was no way I could actually “like” CrossFit. Right? 


I had no idea when I walked into 2020 for my first on-ramp session two-and-a-half years ago how wrong I was, and how much of a positive impact it would have on my life. 

Let’s just say, my preconceived notions were put to rest quickly. I turns out I was the crazy one, who was definitely wrong about CrossFit. Working out at 2020 became so much more than a way to get in shape. It became part of my life…it was the first part of my routine everyday. The stereotypes were wrong. I found that 2020 helped me become more mobile, gain core strength, increase stamina, and learn more about nutrition than I ever had expected.

Matt and I started going regularly together, and I was amazed at the strength I found within myself to complete the workouts, push myself, and encourage others. I left the gym each day feeling better and more energized all day long. Along the way, I cultivated some amazing friendships with so many people who I look forward to seeing at the gym. The 2020 community is so motivating, diverse, friendly, and accepting of all ages and ability levels. It is a gym that offers something different for everyone.

I experienced this first hand when I got pregnant. I was very nervous, with a high-risk pregnancy, being type 1 diabetic. I thought, how can I do CrossFit now? It was such a blessing and so beneficial for a healthy pregnancy. Jon and the trainers helped by offering me safe, scaled versions of movements and workouts all throughout the pregnancy. My daily workout helped keep my blood sugars in good range, was great movement, and helped me to stay true to my nutrition goals.

After having our baby girl in July, I knew it would be rough to jump back in. Exhaustion took its toll on me, and it seemed way easier to stay home than get to the gym. It felt like an uphill battle to get back in shape. At the same time, however, I was eager to get back to CrossFit, to regain those energetic feelings I missed. I felt like I was starting all over. Once again, the coaches eased me back in at my own pace, and allowed me to slowly find my strength again, while encouraging me that I could do the things I never thought I would be able to. All of the members welcomed me back and were so helpful in the transition. I am back into the swing of it again and feel so good! I have learned so many things through 2020 CrossFit, the being2020.com website, the trainers, and the community that I am able to apply to my life outside the gym. All of these things are helpful with a young baby!

What started as a whim turned into one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love starting my day at 2020 CrossFit….and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon!"


-Katie Benge