By Gabrielle Kassel

When I started CrossFit, I didn’t sip the Kool-Aid casually, like it was a Bloody Mary and I was a chill girl out to brunch. Nope, I guzzled it like bottomless mimosas. I love the sport so much I recently got certified to coach and regularly compete in local competitions.

But, after about two years, I looked in the mirror (naked) and hardly recognized my now much stronger self. Sure, the changes to my body happened gradually, but just as puberty felt like it happened all at once—suddenly, armpit hair! breasts! hips! This second “puberty” did too—suddenly, arm muscles! a squat booty! bulletproof traps! visible abs!

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