Congratulations to our May Athlete Of The Month, Trisha Sterrett! Trisha is a regular at our noon workouts and recently passed her one year anniversary at 317. If you’ve been in class with Trisha you’ve probably witnessed her drive and determination. Read on to learn about what she’s loving about CrossFit and who inspires her.
How did you get started with CrossFit?
“I started CrossFit through the Burn program last April when I saw it advertised on Facebook.”
Favorite movement or workout?
“I absolutely love rowing. I have a love/hate relationship with Assault bike and burpees.”
Least favorite movement or workout?
“Squat thrusters and snatches. I struggle with these two movements the most so I have come to not like them. However, I also have taken it as a challenge to try to work on them more rather than adding weight, focus more on the movement.”
Long term and short term goals:
“Long term goal: Drop another 30-40 lbs to assist with my ankle. Push to get stronger. Get better on the movements particularly the Olympic lifts.
Short term goals: Focus on mobility and balance. Get faster on running. Be able to do an actual push-up not modified.”
What would you tell someone that is on the fence about CrossFit and is scared to try?
“There is absolutely nothing to be scared of. This was the best decision I have made toward my health.”
What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
“20″ box step up with a 35# dumbbell in the CrossFit Open this year. I have been terrified of stepping up on the 20″ box for a year. My chubby short legs just can’t do it! LOL! I was determined it would happen and having my husband and Lori there rooting me on just fueled me to accomplish it.”
Who are 3 people you look up to and why?
“My Grandmother because she is almost the most perfect woman I know. Strong, independent, nurturing. She worked hard even when women in the work place was not the popular thing. She spoke up for herself and advocated for my grandfather when he was ill. However, she was submissive as a wife and showed how being submissive didn’t mean being weak. She is every bit the woman I want to be.
My Mom as another strong independent woman. She had me as a single mother young. Struggled to make ends meet while I was sick in the hospital. She met an amazing man and raised my brothers and I to be independent. Work hard for what we want. To this day, anything she has wanted to do, she has tackled. Including in a month, she leaves with my father to live in Costa Rica for 5 or so years to help out in the poverty areas. She has taught me that if I put my mind to it, I can do it.
Honestly, for a third, I can’t single out one person. It’s the people at CrossFit 317. Why? Because they all have journeys. And those journeys are what makes them stronger. I’ve watched people struggle sometimes with movements in the gym. I’ve watched those struggle outside the gym. But those same people come and pound it out in the gym accomplishing not only physical gain, but mental.”
What do you love most about CrossFit 317?
“The people!!!!! 100% it’s the people. It’s not just a community as I have heard so many times within CrossFit as a whole. I visited a box that did not make me feel like I was a part of their community. This box is not just a community, it is a family! I’ve watched them rally around the owners in their time of need with their newest addition to the family. Everyone lifts each other up. Everyone has their own walks and own beliefs. But those same people can come and laugh together and workout together despite all of the differences we have. CrossFit 317 is the epitome of how we should be living on a daily basis with love, kindness, encouragement, etc…”
What is a quote or motto that you live by?
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” -Joshua J. Marine