“we put our phones away, and we all work together.”
Meet Amanda Miller, one of the newest additions to the early morning crew at 317. Amanda was quickly enamored with our quirky 317 charm and community vibe and with her stellar performance at our recent talent show, the feeling is mutual! Read on to get to know Amanda.
Tell us a little about yourself. Career? Family life? Let’s get to know you!
“By day, I’m a strategic marketing consultant at Salesforce, a technology company that provides a customer relationship management platform for organizations of all sizes. I love that I get to solve puzzles for my clients and help them chart their digital marketing strategy in the name of providing better experiences for their customers. By night, I’m a voracious reader, eager learner, passionate hiker, regular yogi, frequent volunteer, aspiring author, devoted dog mom, and adventurous traveler. I recently returned from a two-week trip to South Africa!”
What made you consider joining a CrossFit gym?
“The personal trainer I’d been working with for three years quit coaching 1:1 in the fall of 2018. I knew going back to a standard gym environment wouldn’t challenge me the way I wanted, so I made the bet that CrossFit was the best way for me to really push myself.”
Why did you choose CrossFit 317?
“Two reasons: my trainer recommended CrossFit 317 as the best box in the area, and I also live just over a mile away! It makes getting to the gym at 5:30am a little easier.”
Please share some of your first impressions of the facility, the workouts, the coaching, and the class environment.
“At my first class, I could immediately tell this was different than any gym I’d been a part of before. When you walk into a typical gym, it’s quiet except for the sound of cardio machines and the occasional clanging weights. People aren’t making eye contact, they’re isolated in their own workouts by headphones, and aside from a quick greeting at the door, there’s nothing else to make you feel welcome. When I walk into class at CF317, on the other hand, each person says “good morning,” we put our phones away, and we all work together. I love the rush of adrenaline that comes after we’ve finished the warm-up, reviewed the WOD, and the music cranks up.
Call me crazy, but I still feel like many of the workouts are too short; I leave feeling like I could have done more. I believe this will change as I continue to adapt to this new way of working out and learn better how to judge my abilities that day.”
What physical changes have you seen thus far?
“My pull-ups and handstands are getting so much better! Doing both unassisted—no band, no wall—is on my goal list for the year, so getting the chance to regularly work on them has helped me progress.”
How has your training at CrossFit 317 impacted your life outside of the gym?
“The community element is what has most surprised and impressed me. Simply by becoming a member, I’ve gained a way to meet and share a passion with new people from anywhere in the world. On my recent trip to South Africa, one of my groupmates was a fellow CrossFitter, and it gave us a basis for friendship from Day 1.”
What has surprised you the most about being part of the CrossFit 317 community?
“I didn’t expect the community to be so welcoming and encouraging, and that pleasant surprise is one reason why I’m now completely hooked.”
Did you have a moment where you knew CrossFit was for you?
“Funny enough, it was Trivia Night in late November. I already knew I loved strength training before I came to CF317, but that night just two weeks after I walked in the door, I got to see how this was truly different than any other gym experience.”
What advice would you offer someone that’s considering CrossFit 317?
“Don’t be shy about asking questions or self-conscious about starting slowly. No one else has expectations about what you should know or be able to do, and every person—coach or not—is happy to help.”
Besides coming to class, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Any hobbies?
“Aside from the list I mentioned above, I love challenging myself to try new things. In 2017 and 2018, I completed one new thing each week for a year as a way to push the limits of my comfort zone and break free from routine. That project is complete, but I’ve made that mindset my new routine. I’ll take classes, visit fairs and festivals, try new sports, or just attempt to be a tourist in my own town. Got a suggestion? Let’s hear it!”
One last really important question. If you owned a boat, what would you name it?
“Intrepid Traveler,’ to remind myself to always make that my mindset.”