JULY 2015 :: KATELYN DOTSON

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KatelynI think it’s safe to say that I’ve changed a lot since I started CrossFit. I’ve always been into working out, but haven’t always had a plan of action. I quit working out regularly after college for a couple of years, then got back into it by running and doing yoga. After a year, I realized that while I was healthy, I looked sickly. I wasn’t building enough muscle and was too skinny. I had heard about CrossFit and a lot of my friends said they thought I would really enjoy it. I tried it and loved it. It was intimidating at first, but everyone was so welcoming and friendly that it was hard to find an excuse to not go. (Not to mention, I had never paid so much to work out, so dammit I was going to be there!). I have noticed so many changes in the way I live my life. For starters, I have never been a “morning person” but it is so nice to get up and get your day started. I have never regretted waking up and working out. My friends and family have told me over and over how much I’ve changed as well. They say that I’m more positive and happier overall. But, how could I not be? I start my days with good people and I FEEL good! I’ve noticed that since I started, it’s become infectious to the people around me. My friends and family are making healthier choices because they’re inspired. I look forward to getting stronger and watching everyone else gets excited to do the same for themselves.

1 :: When did you start at CrossFit Matters and how did you learn about CrossFit? – I started doing CrossFit in October 2013. I had heard a lot about it from a friend and he said I would really like it. I checked out another gym in town and was really turned off at the idea of the whole thing. It left me feeling really intimidated and inadequate. I had seen that Erin had checked into Matters a lot and was constantly mentioning it on FB so I messaged her for details and decided to give it a shot.

2 :: What is your CrossFit theme song? – Oh man… there used to be a mix that Jim would play that started with “Ain’t it Funny,” it was really only the first 15 seconds I liked, but it got me pumped. I can’t say that I hate any of the music that plays, which is a huge bonus.

3 :: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? – SO MANY WAYS. I literally have a reason to get out of bed in the morning other than to go to work. Not just that, but being surrounded by people who are there to cheer each other on through the end and encourage you to push yourself is such a positive way to start my day and has made a considerable difference in the person I am everyday.

4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? Hmm… I would probably say power cleans are my favorite (not to be mistaken for squat cleans). I just feel like a bad ass moving that much weight around and it kind of scares me to do it, but in a good way.

5 :: What movement challenges you the most? Thrusters, Double-unders, and anything hanging from the bar. My sensitive little hands just don’t like it.

6 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? Wine. All of the wine. And sour gummy worms.

7 :: What have been some of your achievements since starting and what are your ambitions moving into summer 2015? When I started, I just wanted to build some muscle and expand my workouts. Now, I’d really like to get a handstand in the open floor without kicking anyone in the face (I’m sorry, Erin). Also, being able to link together my double-unders and pull-ups would be fantastic.

8 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? Do it. We all have to start somewhere. No one is here to judge how many push ups you can do, they’re just happy you show up to suffer with them. My experience at CFM has been that people want you to succeed. They want to see you push yourself further than you ever had before. It’s so exciting to see new people open up and grow. Plus, if anyone tells you they don’t care about having abs, they’re lying.

9 :: What is something others may not know about you? Right after I graduated college, a friend and I were robbed at gunpoint, pistol-whipped and stomped on. I had multiple skull fractures, bleeding in my brain, nerve damage, a broken jaw, ruptured eardrum, along with many other injuries. The recovery from that has been a very long process. For years, I was told that I was unable to participate in anything high-impact. That means running, jumping, and all the fun things. At first this really discouraged me. I’m not entirely sure what changed, but I started to take my life back over. I ran, did yoga, and started to work out regularly again. After I started doing CrossFit, I realized that I’m physically capable of a lot more than I knew. It’s been an incredible experience to surround myself with people that are there to encourage each other EVERY DAY. It allows me to get out of my own head. When you have 15 other people telling you that you can do something, it overpowers the “I can’t” in my head.

10 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? I’m not sure if there’s a particular memory I have, I think I black out during every work out (and social;)). It is hard to pick one thing, but I often think about one of the first workouts I did and there were 3 rounds that included 25 push-ups . I remember thinking I would die before my arms would ever be able to finish. My how far I’ve come!

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