I have become more focused and disciplined at work and outside of work.”

We’re kicking off the week with a chat with Lashata Grayson. Lala jumped in on our winter New You Challenge at the recommendation of her friend Sierra. We hooked her with our music and the workouts. Read on to learn how CrossFit 317 plays a role in Lala’s personal and professional life.

Friends that CrossFit together, stay together!

What were your first impressions upon joining CrossFit 317?
“My first impression was, ‘Man, this gym looks intense, but I love the music that they are playing.’”

How has your training at 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“Training at 317 has had a huge impact on my life outside of the gym. I have become more focused and disciplined at work and outside of work. After leaving the gym, I want to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle.”

How does CrossFit 317 meet your health and fitness needs?
“My fitness needs were met with CrossFit 317 because it challenged me to step outside of my box and comfort zone. It pushed me to limits that I did not know I had.”

Is there a particular class time that you enjoy?
“I love going to Andrew’s 6:30pm class. The energy and music gives me so much life. The minute I walk in and see all of the members warming up and the music starts playing, I automatically get into ‘Beast Mode.’”

Do you have a 317 memory that you would like to share?
“The 317 memory that I would like to share is when I first did “The Open CrossFit Games.” I was so scared to do it, but the 317 members made me feel so welcome and encouraged me along the way to finish the work out. They kept me uplifted and cheered me on the entire time. I did not feel ashamed or alone.”

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
“Meeting new people that want to stay in shape and want to live a healthy lifestyle.”

If asked to sum up 317 in one word or phrase, what would it be?

What advice would you offer to someone that’s new to CrossFit?
“I would tell anyone that is new to CrossFit to step out of your confront zone. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and if you are struggling with an exercise, let someone know because there are so many people at this gym that want to help you succeed.”

Outside of the gym, what activities and hobbies do you enjoy?
“Outside of the gym I attend Zumba classes at the YCMA, I hang out with my friends and travel around the world when I can. I attend CrossFit classes at least 5 days a week so I can look good when I want to travel out of town.”


Interested in joining us at CrossFit 317? Check out our “Getting Started” page for more info.

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