Examples of Human Strength: Melanie Schofield and Gavin Young

As long as you’ve been sober for 48 hours, the Human Strength program will let you work out with them.

Human strength recovery crossfit is a part of the Phoenix Multisport Sober Active Community, which started in Boulder, Colorado. The gym now has five locations across the United States.

Melody Schofield and Gavin Young volunteer as Human Strength trainers at fearless athletics, a crossfit gym in south Philadelphia. Both trainers are also in recovery themselves.

“I had so much free time when I got sober,” Young said. “All I did was drunk or do drugs, so I was like – what do I do now?”

Young said that before entering recovery nine years ago, he never considered himself athletic. Now, crossfit training is his favorite part of recovery. However, Young was adamant that crossfit is not a replacement for 12 step meetings or any other kind of professional recovery process. He said crossfit is more like a supplement for people in recovery.

Schofield was athletic before she started her recovery, but in a very dangerous and unhealthy way. She said there were times when she would go on two week drinking benders, and then she would try to run 15 miles a few days after sobering up. Once, Schofield almost passed out from exhaustion during a run.

Today, Schofield is a recovery specialist in Philadelphia. Schofield’a intensive outpatient program offered to train her for the job. After completing her IOP program, Schofield was hired.

Although Schofield and Young have other jobs and commitments, they both consider volunteering at Human Strength an important part of their personal recovery. Once again, it is clear that helping others can motivate people in recovery to stay healthy and sober.

About the author

Meghan Costa

Meghan Costa studies journalism and psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She writes for the schools newspaper, The Temple News and works as an editorial intern at the office of the senior vice provost of strategic communications. After graduation, Meghan hopes to stay in Philadelphia and write for a magazine or newspaper. She would like to specialize in mental health reporting, but she is open to any and all opportunities that come her way. Meghan also has a strong passion for creative writing, and is always looking to collaborate with other creatives on projects of any kind. Some of her favorite writers include e.e Cummings, T.S. Elliot, and Kurt Vonnegut. Meghan is originally from West Chester, which is a suburb of the Philadelphia area. Contact Meghan at tuf87094@temple.edu.

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