Elena Lorona Graves

"I always wanted to do CF but I felt I was too big..."

Elena Lorona Graves

“… My friend (and then-Purgatory coach) encouraged me to try it out for a month. I was definitely nervous when I walked in. I had no idea what to expect. I don’t remember a lot about the first workout I did. I know it was really tough, and my friends who were already Purgatory members actually told me (much later) they were afraid after that WOD, I wouldn’t be back. And although it wasn’t easy, I felt like it was something I could do, which definitely boosted my confidence early on.

There were many times I was frustrated with myself – my expectations of myself are usually unrealistic – but every coach has helped me in some way and CFP members are the best. Always encouraging!

Since beginning crossfit I’ve lost around 30 lbs. My self confidence has increased a ton. CF is constantly reminding me that I can do so much more than I ever thought I was able to. My coaches and all the friends that I’ve made at Purgatory have helped me to believe in myself. That is something I’ve struggled with my entire life.”


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