Athlete of the Month
Each month we will highlight an athlete(s) who embody the Spirit of CrossFit. Learn more about some of our athletes!
:: AUGUST ATHLETES OF THE MONTH ::
1 :: When did you start at CrossFit Matters? I started at CrossFit Matters in November 2013. A girl I knew asked if I would try elements with her. I had never heard of CrossFit before, so I thought I would give it a try. Best decision I made!
2 :: What is your CrossFit theme song? I don't have one, but I like how each coach has a different playlist.
3 :: What are the rewards/benefits of CrossFit training for you? The benefits are endless. I continue to surprise myself with what I can achieve. My endurance and motivation has increased and I am overall a happier person.
4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? I love handstand push-ups and cleans. Anything overhead is a challenge, and of course thrusters will always be my nemesis.
5 :: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? It has made me strive to be better. I get so much motivation from watching the other athletes and what they have achieved. It is also a fun group of people to workout with and everyone is so supportive.
6 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? Salt and vinegar chips. I can't have just one!
7 :: What are you looking forward to achieving in 2016? Completing more workouts at RX. My other goal is figuring out butterfly pull-ups.
8 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? Be open to challenging yourself. It isn't a competition with others, but a competition with yourself. It's fun to see the progress that you make and everyone is really supportive.
9 :: What is something others may not know about you? I love vinyl! I got a record player a while ago and am always shopping for new tunes.
10 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? There are so many, but finally getting double- unders was a happy moment for me!
1 :: When did you start at CrossFit Matters and how did you learn about CrossFit? I started at CrossFit Matters on July 16th, 2016. I know the exact day because it’s a day I’ll never forget. Here am I, brand new to CrossFit and I decided to attend the free workout class on that Saturday. I walk in to a very sweaty class that just got done and that’s where I meet Doug. This guy puts me through the ringer with a 21-15-9 WOD of wall balls, box jumps & burpees that damn near killed me, but that crazy workout got me hooked. I learned about CrossFit by coming across the documentary on Netflix “Fittest on Earth – The Story of the 2015 CrossFit Games”. Everyone was ripped and looked like they were having fun, so I wanted to be ripped and have fun too!
2 :: What is your CrossFit theme song? Hmmmm…that’s a tough one because there are so many songs to choose from! The first one that came to mind was Snap! – I Got The Power. Don’t judge me.
3 :: What are the rewards/benefits of CrossFit training for you? There are a lot of rewards/benefits for doing CrossFit! For me, they are the obvious ones. CrossFit keeps me in shape and healthy. It strengthens my muscles and my mind. It’s teaching me discipline and that I’m capable of doing so much more. CrossFit has introduced me to a ton of new people, allowed to me to be part of a community, and above all…it makes me happy!
4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? My favorite movement/WOD right now has to be anything with dumbbells or body weight. Push-ups, pull-ups, squats, handstand push-ups, doubleunders, etc. I’m also loving squat cleans and the clean & jerk! My challenges…ugh…thrusters and snatches! Those have to be the most frustrating movements ever invented. However, I honestly can’t wait to make them my favorite movements!
5 :: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? CrossFit matters in my life because of the same reasons from above. It keeps me healthy, makes me stronger, allows me to better myself both physically and mentally, feeds my competitiveness, and again…it makes me happy!
6 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? I have a lot, but I’ll give you a few! I enjoy really bad reality TV shows, I’m a huge fan of NASCAR, and I love to play video games.
7 :: What are you looking forward to achieving in 2017? I have a few goals written down that I want to accomplish this year. A lot of them are CrossFit related and are certain weight goals on Olympic lifts. I also really want to compete in a CrossFit competition and be competitive in it so I can put all of my hard work and training to use.
8 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? The cool thing about CrossFit is that it no matter your size or shape, your age or athletic background, anybody can do it. And with awesome coaches and a community to support you, you can literally accomplish anything. Don’t feel like you have to be in amazing shape to join CrossFit, because that’s not the case! All it takes is one class and you’ll be hooked. So…I have three words…Just. Do. It.
9 :: What is something others may not know about you? A lot of people don’t know that I was born in Germany…in a German hospital on German soil and my birth certificate is in German. Crazy, right? Hate to break it to you, but I’ll never be President of the United States.
10 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? I think any day that you can come in and really see improvement from the day before…that’s what’s memorable to me. Also, I’ll never forget that first workout with Doug. Never!!