Peggy Towell is a CrossFitter and Bootcamp athlete here at CFDV. Check out her story below!
How long have you been practicing Functional Fitness like CrossFit?
I started Crossfit approximately 6 years ago. My first trainer was a fellow Crossfitter, Johnny Pain, who was just starting out as a trainer. He trained us every morning in a friend’s garage. He introduced us to the intense workouts with weight-lifting followed by the WOD. I instantly loved the challenge that came with each work out. From there, I continued my training at Inside Out Training, until they recently closed. I joined Crossfit DelVal this past June.
Like many of our members, your attendance at the gym is a “family affair” of sorts. Tell us about that.
My daughter, Michelle, and I started training together from the beginning. My other daughter, Mimi, joined after graduating from college. All three of us love the workouts we get from Crossfit. We enjoy working out together; we encourage and push ourselves through the workouts. We felt welcomed into Crossfit DelVal where we continue to work out as a family.
You’re recovering from cancer. Tell us how that impacted your fitness journey (or the other way around!):
Unfortunately, I had to stop working out once I was diagnosed with cancer. I remained very active throughout my treatments. I continued walking to work as much as I could and turned watching my grandkids into a form of exercise, Pushing two kids (4-year-old and a 2-year-old) in a double stroller. I couldn’t wait to get back into the gym. The first day back was a little rough but each day after it I began gaining my strength back. I may be a little slow but I love to finish a workout.
What advice do you have for those who’ve had to face health challenges? How should they approach their fitness?
I would advise others to remain as active as they feel up to. It definitely is not easy, but exercise does not have to be going to a gym or going for a run. Being active kept my spirits up and made my body feel good. I tried to remain as positive as possible. I would also tell others to stay optimistic and stayed focused on gaining their strength back. Remaining happy is key! Even on the bad days.
Beatles or Stones? Why?
Beatles, because they are always happy and upbeat. They have feel-good music that everyone enjoys listening to.