“If you would’ve told me 10 months ago that I was going to compete in weightlifting in a national championship, I would’ve laughed and called you a liar because I just never thought that I could do something like that,” says Cassidy Duffield of Salt Lake City CrossFit.
A former gymnast, Duffield admits she was once self-conscious about having broad shoulders and a muscular figure. When her gymnastics career ended, she looked forward to being “skinny” because she no longer needed muscles.
Things have changed since then. When a friend introduced Duffield to CrossFit, she was hesitant. She was still plagued by self-confidence issues, and Olympic lifting intimidated her—a condition that was exasperated when her first workout was Grace. But after just a couple of months of CrossFit, her body image began to change.
“Everything about CrossFit has shown me that I can do amazing things by myself, and it’s been a really crazy journey in finding myself and trying to believe in myself,” she says.
Today, Duffield is focusing on coaching and Olympic-weightlifting meets. She has some advice for young women everywhere: “Believe in yourself and don’t compare yourself to others at all. Focus on what you’ve accomplished and always believe that you’re unstoppable.”
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