My collegiate rowing career ended at the age of 19 after I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. The nucleus damage in my lower spine was significant enough that the doctor instructed me to limit lifting to 30 lbs or less and to only engage in low-impact activities. I joined Crossfit 214 last December after the urging of a very close friend and I haven't looked back. The coaches instructed me to do every movement correctly rather than fast or heavy and to focus on core strength. I can now say it has been 8 months since I have had ANY lower back pain and I feel spectacular. I see improvements every single day and I am even lifting heavy.