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Haley Sztykiel

"For most of my life, doctors settled on the name “unknown neuromuscular disorder.” In other words, something was wrong with the nerve firings, and muscles were underdeveloped. Although doctors didn’t know what was wrong, they always had a plan on how to “fix” my legs. And very few of their ideas involved anything with in my control." -Haley, November 2010

After going through multiple surgeries and other medical treatments as a kid, one doctor finally prescribed something that Haley could take control of: exercise.  She started CrossFit with a 0 deadlift and started building her strength and balance through bodyweigh movements. And here's where she is today....

I was the Fashlete of the Month in November of 2010. It’s been one year, and much has changed. In November of 2010, I was living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in my final year of Grad School, and doing “Crossfit” in my apartment. My sisters would e-mail me WOD’s to do each day. I wasn’t strong enough or had the balance to do any Olympic weight lifting movements. . Yet. I was doing a combination of sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and balance exercises. Fast-forward one year.

I have a max deadlift of 90lbs, can bench press up to 80lbs, and “Diane” and “Cindy” aren’t just people I know, but WOD’s I can do with little modification. My form still needs work, but I’m now able to do all Olympic weight-lifting movements.

Outside the box, I finished my Master  and currently work as a School Social Worker at a charter school in Detroit. Some days, I think how similar my job is to Crossfit. In the end, both my school and my box are centered around setting big goals, the idea that hard work really does pay off, and to never settle for anything less than your best.

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