It is time to announce the Athlete of the Month for July 2016. This individual is a relatively new member of Industrial Athletics. However, in the short time she has been here, she has made quite an impression. As a regular attendee of the 4:30pm class, we don’t think we have ever seen her without a smile on her face. She is always positive, upbeat, and encouraging other. She approaches every movement with the upmost concern for proper form and range of motion. And, she has a sweet homemade Industrial Athletics/CrossFit Alloy water bottle. The Athlete of the Month for July 2016 is:
1. Where are you from originally?
I am originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, near Valley Forge Park / King of Prussia mall.
2. If not from Pittsburgh, what brought you to Pittsburgh?
I came to Pittsburgh to attend Duquesne University for elementary education and met my husband (John) there.
3. Where do you work?
I work at Keystone Oaks School District as a Technology Coach. I help teachers implement technology into their lessons and also work for the tech department.
4. What is your favorite hobby?
I sing at Duquesne’s chapel. I also love Broadway musicals.
5. How did you discover CrossFit?
I discovered CrossFit through Coach Melissa, who works with John. I attended a few community classes last year.
6. When did you start CrossFit?
March 2016, right after Industrial moved locations.
7. Why did you start CrossFit?
Two reasons: 1. I had been running and weight lifting on my own for about 6 months and wanted to up my intensity. 2. John had been going since November and I didn’t want to be left out from the fun!
8. What is your favorite thing to do in CrossFit?
I like pistols… a skilled movement I can do well.
9. What is your least favorite thing to do in CrossFit?
I am tough on myself, so anything I don’t feel good at. I struggle with cardio, especially rowing and running. I like to challenge myself and go to “unappealing” workouts to get better.
10. What is the number 1 thing you want to get better at?
I can’t pick one! I am working on my grip strength for bar work and on my handstands. On my CrossFit off days, I want to get back to running.
11. What is your favorite part about coming to CrossFit at Industrial Athletics?
The community. I love meeting new people and working out together.
12. What is your favorite CrossFit WOD?
My favorite workouts are those with built in rest. I also like WODs with low rep counts. I will always pick 4 rounds of 10 reps over 40 reps.