Member Appreciation Julia Dirks




Give us a little background about yourself. 

My parents were missionaries, so I grew up overseas (West Africa and Russia). My family and I moved to South Carolina the summer before I started high school. That was a very difficult transition and time for me, during which I developed an eating disorder. I started working out a lot and being very strict with my diet, because I wanted to be skinny and was terrified of gaining weight. After I graduated, I moved to Charleston to attend Charleston Southern University. During those four years, God really worked on my heart and allowed a lot of healing physically and spiritually – He completely turned my life around in that time and saved me from the destructive path I was heading down. God has changed the way I view health, fitness, and my body and I am so grateful for that! Crossfit has helped redefine that view even more, because they celebrate and encourage strong, healthy, and fit women!

How did you hear about CCF? 

I heard about it through my older brother, Steve, who started going to CCF a few months before I did. Crossfit was definitely something that intimidated me, but when I heard he had started and was really enjoying it, it inspired me to try it out, too!

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

A lot of people don’t know that I spent 12 years of my childhood living in Africa and Russia while my parents were missionaries. I love traveling and experiencing other cultures! I’ve visited several other places, as well, including Thailand, Jordan, Belgium, and France. I also love anything adventurous and adrenaline-filled – I went skydiving for my 22nd birthday and absolutely loved it!

What music can we find currently playing in your car?

I like a variety of music, but I’ve had Hillsong’s Young and Free cd on repeat lately – it’s very uplifting and encouraging!

What current things are you working toward when it comes to your health, training, career or personal life? 

My main goal is to continue working on improving my strength and endurance. I would also like to get better at olympic weight lifting movements, be able to do a muscle-up one day, and even start entering crossfit competitions! I have a passion for people and health and fitness, so my dream is to make it a career one day, if that is the Lord’s will.

Tell us about your most memorable workout from CCF

I would have to say the first two open workouts of this year. I was not planning on signing up for the open, because it was new and a bit intimidating to me. However, Luke and Andy convinced me to sign up last-minute and I’m so glad they did – I’ve done better at the workouts than I thought I would and it’s been a lot of fun!

Greatest accomplishment 

Being able to PR my clean and jerk in 15.1 and doing 60 kipping pull-ups in 15.2 (after having just learned them a couple days before) were so exciting for me! Just seeing how far God has helped me come since high school has been a blessing!

What would you tell someone who is interested in Training with CCF?

I would tell them to do it – they will not regret it! It’s fun, challenging, and makes you stronger and improves your fitness more than you would have ever thought! The coaches are very knowledgable and encourage you to do your best and continue to get better, while keeping your safety in mind. It’s also just a great, uplifting community of people!

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