"As I pass the one year mark at 2020 CrossFit, it’s amazing to see how my perspective on health and fitness has changed. After years of juggling work and kids (and trying to fit a workout in), moving well was never at the top of my “to-do” list, and it certainly wasn’t the reason I signed up for CrossFit. But moving well is basically the foundation of CrossFit. It means you have the mobility, core strength and coordination to perform a functional movement (like a squat) with nothing holding you back. It’s moving like a kid!


Before I signed up for CrossFit, I had no idea how important it is to move well. It not only makes you a better athlete, it makes you better at everyday life. For example, when I first started, I couldn’t do an overhead squat with a PVC pipe without falling over. Four pregnancies and years of too much sitting clearly had taken its toll. Whether it’s core strength or ankle mobility, the coaches at 2020 will give you the understanding and tools necessary to get you moving the way you should. At the age of 43, I have benefited immensely from this. Moving well wasn’t the reason I signed up for CrossFit, but it is a big reason I keep coming back.

Even when life is crazy, I still like to get a good workout in. As it turns out, exercising is a lot more fun when you can do it with friends. 2020 CrossFit has blessed my husband and I with being part of an amazing community, right in the heart of Prairie Village. When you are moving like a kid and you’re surrounded with friends, going to class feels a lot like going out for recess. And for women, it is a healthy environment where beauty is found in the confidence and strength gained from moving well and being able to do stuff (run, climb, jump, etc). As the mother of four girls, I see this as a positive change in the fitness industry, and it gives me a lot of hope.

Finally, I have really never pushed myself to become a better all-around athlete. CrossFit is the only fitness regimen that allows you to measure your fitness across almost any domain (from rowing to rope climbing). I know that I am stronger and faster than I was a year ago. And I’m not just getting better at one thing, I am getting better at everything. Part of the improvement is from putting in some hard work, but most of it is learning for the first time how to move well (no joke). I wish I had known 20 years ago what I know now. But you have to enjoy the journey. CrossFit is getting a lot of things right, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me from here."


-Venessa Madden