My name is Laurel England and I am 25 years old. I work in guest services at a Hilton resort. My whole life I have been a competitive athlete, including being a Division I volleyball player for FGCU. I never had to worry about what I ate or working out on my own, as everything was always structured for me. Between daily 5am conditioning, a 2 hour practice or game, plus weightlifting needless to say I was in pretty decent shape and could literally eat whatever I wanted burning all those calories. I never appreciated what a blessing that was until I graduated. I took about a year off of exercising to let my body ((and mind)) heal from the injuries from D1 sports. The first six months I was able to keep the weight off, but slowly my muscles turned to fat. I was that dreaded “skinny fat”. I had lost the motivation to get back into shape and knew I needed an ass kicker to jump start a new life. I tried running and some LA fitness but really missed the team environment I was used to my whole life. A week after I moved to Southern California I googled ‘CrossFit’ which was recommended by a former teammate who thought it would be a good fit for me. Lucky me, less than a mile down the road stood CrossFit Trifecta. After attending a Saturday class, my search for a CrossFit home immediately ended. I started Trifecta in August 2012. The warm, welcoming atmosphere that I received by all was overwhelming with support. I worked really hard and started seeing results after the first two weeks. It was a struggle at first as I had lost all my endurance, but I was amazed how fast my body responded. I have not only made some forever friends, but my body and my mind are at the top of their game as if I was still a D1 athlete, or better. Not only did my physical appearance change, but after being introduced to Paleo after a month into CrossFit, I am now much healthier, I sleep better, I have more energy, and my overall quality of life has improved. The coaches at CrossFit Trifecta truly push you to be the best athlete you can be. I am forever grateful for the daily push and encouragement I receive from them. I encourage anyone who sees this to come in and drink the cool aid. I promise it will change your life more than you would have imagined!