February Athlete Of The Month

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“Win the battle with your mind and then be amazed at what results your body will give you!”


Congratulations to Angie Grant for being selected as our February Athlete Of The Month! A regular part of #team0530, Angie has been part of the CrossFit 317 community since August 2016. This month we’re excited to celebrate Angie’s progress, dedication, and enthusiasm for her fellow CrossFit 317 family.

How did you get started with CrossFit?
“Jill Lambert and I are baseball moms and over the course of games and/or rain delays she introduced me to the New You Challenge opportunity. I was close to 41 years of age and ready to try something different, so I signed up for the August 2016 session (you could call this journey a midlife crisis with a happy ending).”

Favorite movement or workout?
“I love rowing, it’s simultaneously peaceful and powerful. I also love when slam balls show up in a WOD; something about picking up an item with the pure intent of slamming it to the ground appeals to me. OPA!”

Least favorite movement or workout?
“Box jumps only because of a physical restriction; I’m bummed to constantly scale that move.”

Long term and short term goals:
“Long term goals –  Continued progress with my overall health & fitness.
Short term goals – I’d love to string just 2 DU together; those things are pesky!”

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What would you tell someone that is on the fence about CrossFit and is scared to try?
“I would politely try to listen for cues that they may have a fear of the unknown or a fear of failure. I definitely started my CrossFit journey camped out in both places. But if a person of any age, shape, size, or athletic ability is strong enough to mentally shift their fear into motivation, then they are without a doubt physically strong enough to give CrossFit a try. Win the battle with your mind and then be amazed at what results your body will give you!”

What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
“It might have to be this recognition. I have never been an athlete of any kind, that’s a fact. I honestly never desired that title, but starting this journey helped me recognize my potential. Also, I’m really proud of getting my first pull-up before the end of 2017, now it’s time to work on improving those.”

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Who are 3 people you look up to and why?
“I honestly have only two people here on earth that I look up to . . . My parents. My mom is an amazing lady for a 1,000 reasons, but she’s also a breast cancer survivor (who is a statistical anomaly if you knew her diagnosis) – I will forever and always look up to her in hope of spreading her living legacy of faith. My dad, because he can fix absolutely anything (broken cars to broken hearts).

I would like to give Jake a shout out! He’s commitment to the #0530 team is amazing. . . young family, baby, full time job, I think he might like to hunt a little (ha!) . . . I sincerely appreciate the time and attention he gives everyone in class day in and day out. The best part of this is that Jake’s dedication is repeated over and over by the other coaches all day long, I have experienced it with Andrew, Danielle, and Johnny just in the last few months!”

What do you love most about CrossFit 317?
“I echo everyone else who says the same thing — I love the people that make up this gym. As a beginner, I watched with amazement such encouraging and kind interactions among members; however, in a matter of days/weeks, I found myself giving and receiving the same encouragement and kindness I witnessed at the beginning. Keep spreading the love fellow athletes!”

What is a quote or motto that you live by?
“Life is generally exhausting. I’ve used this verse at home, at work, and even at the gym, just repeating it over and over in my head – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31”

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