Meet our Athlete of the Month for May, Mel! She’s such a spitfire and brings so much excitement and energy to our box. She’s constantly laughing – and making US laugh, too! We’re so proud of her and her accomplishments – especially that first muscle up during the Open earlier this year!
When did you join CFU, and what made you walk in those doors?
When my previous gym shut down, both Coach Tina and Coach Rachael recommended trying CFU. After attending the Open House in May 2018, I was sold. The energy, friendliness, programming and expertise was unmatched.
Do you remember your first WOD? Or your thoughts during that first WOD?
Don’t remember my first WOD, but I’ll never forget the first one I nearly died in. I believe it was Coach Rami’s cruel idea of putting together a 30 minute AMRAP of 10 cal. row, 10 BBJOS and 10 thrusters. I actually couldn’t breathe and my thoughts were probably not appropriate to share here. I was 100% questioning my sanity and commitment to CrossFit lol.
What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit?
Being able to do cool sh*t! Carrying 6+ heavy grocery bags at once, moving wooden furniture, manhandling your 50+ lb suitcase like a champ… the challenges you face in the gym translate into so many different areas of your life. It also led me to my beast of a boyfriend, Kyle (also a fellow member of CFU).
What type of workout do you enjoy doing the most?
Anything with pushups and REST built into it. Love me some breathing time.
What’s one goal you have for the year?
To perfect double DUs.
What would you tell anyone looking to walk into CFU for the first time?
Don’t give up and especially don’t compare yourself to others. Your journey is your journey. Whenever you feel like you can’t bare another minute in the workout, just push on for one more minute. Then one more. And one more after that – until the clock runs out of time. That clock will hit 0:00 and you’ll be INCREDIBLY proud of what you achieved afterwards. That feeling of accomplishment is one you’ll be able to reflect upon in any of life’s most challenging moments.
What’s your greatest achievement, or what are you most proud of thus far?
My shift in mindset and overall approach to diet/exercise. Being short with a lot of muscle, I’ve gotten the “you look like a man” and “you must be juicing with something” comments from complete strangers (yeah, people can be ignorant). These sorts of comments would’ve eaten away at me in the past, but mental strength is just as important as physical strength. Although it’s an ongoing battle, I’ve grown to appreciate my body and all it can do. Afterall, ability >>> appearance.
If there was a workout named after you:
- What would be be called? The Melinator. Intimidating, right?
- What would it be? Lots of pullups, pushups and movements involving strict strength. Maybe a box jump or two. No wall balls 😊