September 2017 Athlete Spotlight

Melanie S.

Tell us about yourself

I am the youngest of 5 children. I have 7 nieces and nephews. Family is the most important part of my life. I love spending time playing with my nieces and nephews and seeing my dad. Most people at CrossFit know I’m Shan’s better half. My three sisters are my best friends and we have too much fun together!

What made you start CrossFit?

Shan made me! I fought him. I did not want to join as I wasn’t sure I was ready to actually workout. After our intro class, it took us another week to go back; it took us that long to recover! Travis helped us learn it will take time and he encouraged us to keep going.

What were your thoughts after your first workout at CFT?

First thoughts were ‘Wow! I am so out of shape!’ I wasn’t sure I could continue but Shan and I decided we needed to go back. We weren’t going to get heathy sitting around. Also, as a former smoker, I gained a lot of weight and didn’t like how slow and unhealthy I was.

What impact has CrossFit had in your life in and outside the gym?

At the gym I have learned so many functional moves and that scaling is ok, it is the hard work that gets you results. I’m at the gym for me and to better myself. I’m a firm believer in no repping myself as it only cheats me. Outside of the gym I can use the knowledge from performing moves accurately to completing everyday tasks without hurting myself; bending down, lifting things up, pushing, pulling, etc. You just don’t realize how much you use crossfit in your everyday life until you have been to the gym.

If you had to write a WOD, what would it be?

My WOD would include tire flipping (my favorite!), sled pulls, handstand pushups, toes to bar (I almost have them), weighted sit ups, Turkish Getups. Pretty much anything but running and burpees!

What’s your diet like?  How does nutrition play a role in your life?

I eat what I want. I don’t diet. I love food! That just means I have to work hard. I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been thanks to CrossFit. And I love beer, I cannot lie.

What advice would you give to a new CrossFitter?

Don’t stop. It is hard when you first come in and pretty much every day. But you have to ask yourself if it is easy will you want it, will you be getting a good workout, will you be improving? If you don’t try, you won’t know. Your fellow CrossFitters will cheer you on no matter what, each and every day. It is so worth the effort you put in! It’s one hour a day where you are so focused on the workout and you can forget about everything else.

What’s your favorite motivational quote and why?

My favorite motivational quote was spoken to me by my best friend’s dad. ‘Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; it’s doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage’. Tony Dungy may have said it, but Randy used this quote when I needed to hear it. I say this to myself almost daily.