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Stonehenge CrossFit Member spotlight - Sue Pyne

Sue Pyne

Age 44
Occupation Operations Manager for specialist haulier
Fitness before CrossFit I am a qualified fitness instructor and was teaching a few classes a week part time as well as running 10km/half marathons here and there and doing some Insanity and weights work, so not exactly a couch potato.


Why did you start training at Stonehenge CrossFit?

My first love was bodybuilding, which I started as a teenager – so to see so many barbells was a massive draw, but once I’d done a taster session I just knew it was for me. It’s so different, but the main draw was the standard of coaching – it’s exceptional. I learnt to lift a long time ago, I had a great coach then, and I’ve never found anyone with the same ethos since – until Stonehenge CrossFit.

What were the hardest things to get used to?

Getting rid of old habits – Olympic lifting is quite different to a lot of weight training I had done before – and being allowed to drop the bar - I still feel I should just place it down gently…!

I’m not a gymnast and so movements on the rig are challenging but I’m getting there a bit at a time. I don’t ever feel I can’t do something – I just believe it’s a matter of putting in the work and being a little bit patient.

Why do you keep going back?

Being able to train without worrying what other people think, or what they might expect from you has been so refreshing for me. No one is interested in what you can or can’t do, how heavy you can lift etc – they are just excited for you to get better, stronger, that’s all.

I have made so many new friends, and I also have new goals. I feel like a whole new world has opened up to me in CrossFit, and I intend to take full advantage of it. The people and the sense of community is fantastic – and the coaching is second to none.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Taking part in a competition was great, I hope to do a lot more but it’s got to be getting my first rope climb! I couldn’t get off the floor at first, now I just do them for fun!

What would you say to anyone thinking about trying Stonehenge CrossFit?

Go.Go with an open mind – forget everything you’ve ever read or seen about gyms or CrossFit, and just go. It doesn’t matter what your current fitness level is, what size you are, how old you are – it really doesn’t. If you’re like me, the only thing you’ll regret is putting it off for so long.