Athlete of the Month

Congrats Shawn on being our February Athlete of the Month

1. How did you get started with CrossFit:

My husband, Mark, had been doing CrossFit for a while and suggested I try it, but I hated working out. I went to Cardinal Fitness, but I was pretty much going just to say I went to the gym. When Cardinal closed, I decided I might as well try CrossFit because Mark liked it so much. So, I committed to the on-ramp program at CrossFit Blast in July 2012. We also went to watch the CrossFit Games that year and I was really inspired by the athletes, particularly the women. Not only did I finish Blast’s on-ramp, but I haven’t looked back. When Blast closed in February 2013, we started going to CrossFit 317.

2. Favorite Wod and or Movement:

My favorite hero WOD is DT (deadlifts, hang power cleans, push jerks). My favorite benchmark WOD is Annie because it is one of the few I can rx. My favorite movements are kipping pull-ups and power cleans.

3. Least favorite Wod or Movement:

My least favorite movements are any that involve weight overhead with a squat. I struggle with snatches and OHS because my mobility is lacking.

4. Long term and short term goal:

Long term – increase my mobility especially my shoulders. Short term – be able to do toes to bar in a WOD. I can do 1-2 occasionally, but not consistently.

5. What would you tell someone that is on the fence about Crossfit and not sure whether to try it out or not?

not sure whether to try it out or not?
Commit to a month. If you don’t like it, then try something else, but there is a good chance you’ll find out you can do things you never thought you could do. I hated working out, but when I tried CrossFit and found out I could do things like climb a rope and deadlift more than my body weight it was exciting. Making great friends at the same time made it even better.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?

I have two. The first was running 2 miles without walking at all. I used to not be able to run 400m without stopping. The second is deadlifting 200#. I even tried again that night and PR’d at 205#.

7. Tell us something about you that nobody knows, preferably an embarrassing story:

When Mark and I were dating we went to Kentucky Kingdom. We had waited a long time to ride a roller coaster, but once we got on it I started to feel sick for some reason. I remember going up the first hill and then the end of the ride. I looked at Mark and his eyes were huge. I had passed out and he tried to hold my neck because my head was flopping around. At least I didn’t get sick!

8. If you could workout with ANYONE…who would it be and why?

Kelly Clarkson. She doesn’t even have to do the WOD. If she could just sing I would kill that WOD.

9. If you could have dinner with three people, any lifetime, who would it be and why?

Denny Hamlin – I love NASCAR and he is my favorite driver. Kelly Clarkson – She seems like fun and I think if she met me we would totally be friends. Jesus – Since He died for me, the least I could do is buy Him dinner.

10. What do you love most about CrossFit 317:

I love the friends I’ve made there. It’s weird how doing a miserable workout isn’t quite as bad when you are suffering with friends. Everyone is so encouraging to each other and it makes for a very positive atmosphere.

11. What is your favorite quote and or/ that you live by?

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.


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