“My Name is Ashley Jacob Kinlaw. In my mid 20’s I stood on a scale and weighed in at a staggering 265lbs (the heaviest i have ever been). I decided to make some changes. I started an at home exercise program and was pleased with my results, but a close friend told me about Crossfit!
Open Workout 13.3 Was my first Crossfit Experience… 150 wall balls, 90 double under, and 30 muscle ups with a 12 min. time cap. At 11:30 seconds i finished the 150th wall ball, picked up the jump rope and unceremoniously fell flat on my chest. I was hooked! I joined Crossfit Salisbury that same week. I was amazed at the atmosphere, which stands in a bold contrast to any other gym I have ever been to. CFS Is more than a “gym”, the people are more than members. The first time I that I was really struggling in a workout I looked up from the sweat soaked mat and saw a small group of athletes huddled around me encouraging me to finish! The competition is strong (we all want to win the WOD), but every member lives for the chance to be that same voice pushing someone else to the end! It really is something unique to Crossfit, and more so our community at CFS. After 6months of crossfit . I showed up to the gym and the WOD was Karen – 150 wallballs for time! I finished at 7:04 seconds knocking 4 minutes off of my original time. PR!
I owe so much to Crossfit Salisbury and it’s Coaches/Owners Adam Blaney, and Cameron Ball. Thanks to their programming, and instruction I was able to realize my childhood dream of becoming a police officer. At the age of 30 I applied to Delmar Police Dept. and had to compete against 140 other applicants for 1 available position. A large portion of the testing was physical. I was able to put up the top scores in all fitness tests…and for the first time in my life came in first place during a run. I finished the timed mile and a half course in 10:40 seconds with the next runner 20 seconds behind me. I am now a proud member of The Delmar Police Dept.
And even when my wife and I experienced the loss of a child, Isla Gray Kinlaw, who lived a short 5 weeks in John’s Hopkins. The family at CFS showed their support they way Crossfitters do with a WOD in her honor. My Family at CFS struggled with me as we pushed through “ISLA”. (That meant more to me than anyone may ever know!).
This is what Fitness Should BE!”