Amanda Durham

Amanda Durham

Given that I work right next to Uncut it wasn’t hard to notice and hear the hard out cult activity next door. During summer I would leave work and often have to run the gauntlet of seriously bad arse athletes doing their thing, I would be head down and I think to myself they must be mad serious about their fitness to go to this extreme, never did I think I would become one of them 🙂

When Jeff and Becks came into work and put the challenge out to the team to sign up for five weeks I had no idea I would get hooked… in fact on my form under ‘Other conditions’ I put LAZY. The first WOD I ever did was the Fit test and I swear I almost died, finishing last, clocking 17 minutes. I honestly thought I was not built for Crossfit but Jeff kept telling me I would improve and lift heavier, move faster and run further and always feel like I have been challenged. I also recall saying to my family that Jeff Leckie is the only man that has and will get away with calling me ‘fat’ ok he didn’t say the ‘f’ word but would refer to me being a ‘heavier athlete’, two words I never associated with each other but now wear this badge with pride.

I think from the moment I scraped myself off the floor after the first day I had become addicted. However during following WOD’s I would again hate the whole Crossfit concept and then again when it was over I would want more and each Crossfit day was a day to look forward to … I had become one of them… I couldn’t wait to tell my family about what I had achieved that day and show them my bruised badges of honor and of course I would moan and groan from the ‘good’ pain of a well fought WOD. My family would warn our visitors not to ask if I am ok or ask how the ‘gym’ was going because I would go on and on and on.

I have so many moments that I have internally burst with pride during the last 10 months and I hope to visit the ‘zone’ often to feel that sense of self pride again (I seriously do sound like an addict). These moments however would not feel half as good as they do without the wonderful people at Crossfit Uncut. The high fives, words of encouragement and friendly competitiveness (Lesley and Anne). I have been truly humbled by the selfless and pure acts of empowerment I have received from others                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

My biggest accomplishment thus far has been coming off my anti-depressants, I have never been ashamed of my depression and if my story can encourage others to seek help it needs to be told. Uncut has become by stress ball of choice and I am a better person for it. Yes I have lost weight, and toned up but the true accomplishment is my renewed confidence in myself and sense of belonging, everything else falls into place thereafter.

Watch this space …. only good things to come 🙂


He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world?

It is people! It is people! It is people