Katie VonHagel: Inspiring Health and Strength

Health and Strength

Q: Why did you choose CrossFit Gardendale?

I chose CrossFit Gardendale because of how welcoming and encouraging all the coaches and members are. Everyone cheers you on, and that’s how I get through a lot of my workouts. I have developed many lifelong friendships at CFG, and I’m so thankful my mom invited me to a class three years ago!

Health and Strength

Q: How long have you been a member?

I have been a member for almost three years!

Q: What is the reason you decided to focus on your health?

I decided to focus on my health for many reasons, but one of those reasons is because I have Cystic Fibrosis (CF), and I need to stay active for my overall well-being. CF affects the respiratory system, and someone with CF is at high risk of getting lung infections. Along with my daily medications and breathing treatments, working out has been a big reason why I have stayed as healthy as I have. CrossFit Gardendale has tremendously improved my lung function. Focusing on my physical health has also been good for my mental health. Whenever I’m having a bad day and go to CFG, it instantly puts me in a better mood. It’s the place I go to release all my stress. I am thankful I get to do what I love while it keeps me healthy. I wouldn’t be as healthy as I am today without CrossFit Gardendale.

Q: What is your favorite thing about CFG?

My favorite thing about CFG is the people! The people at CFG are like my second family. From the first time I walked in, everyone was so welcoming. I also love the new equipment and workouts.


Fitness and Wellness Journey

Having been a member of CrossFit Gardendale for almost three years, Katie chose this particular gym because of the warm and encouraging environment fostered by the coaches and fellow members. The support and cheers she receives during workouts have been instrumental in pushing her through the toughest moments. Katie’s gratitude for her mother’s invitation to that first class speaks volumes about the impact CrossFit Gardendale has had on her life.

For Katie, focusing on her health goes beyond just physical well-being. With CF affecting her respiratory system and making her susceptible to lung infections, maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial. Alongside her daily medications and breathing treatments, CrossFit has played a significant role in improving her lung function. Not only has it benefited her physical health, but it has also had a positive impact on her mental well-being. Katie finds solace and stress relief within the walls of CrossFit Gardendale, and it has become her go-to place to lift her spirits and rejuvenate her mind.

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