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MollyCrossFit has pushed me in a way that I never expected. It has not only made me physically stronger but mentally stronger as well. I’m able to push through a grueling workday or talk myself down if I get anxious about something. It sounds crazy, but it’s true!

One of my biggest daily motivations (and one of the main reasons I endorse CrossFit) is the camaraderie. I’m very competitive with some of my closest friends, but it’s not in a bad way at all. We’re all very supportive of each other and are truly happy for each other’s gains. Additionally, if one of us doesn’t show up, you better believe we’ll hear about it! I’m held accountable at CFM, which is why I make it a point to come every day.

1 :: When did you start at CrossFit Matters and how did you learn about CrossFit? – I started at CFM exactly a year ago but had been at another gym in Iowa for a couple months prior to that. My former coworker, Holly, had been working on getting me to join for a long time. I finally bit the bullet and never looked back. Thank you, Holly!!

2 :: What is your CrossFit theme song? – Bitches ain’t shit and they ain’t sayin’ nothin’

3 :: How and why does CrossFit matter in your life? – CrossFit has become such a big part of my life, but in more ways than just fitness. I’ve made some great friends and have been inspired by so many people. I moved to KC on a whim last year and wasn’t exactly at the best place in my life. I’m still getting there, and going to the gym is easily a huge part of that. It is truly the one thing I look forward to every single day.

4 :: What is your favorite movement/WOD and what challenges you? – If I see sprints, squats or wall balls in a WOD, I’m like, oh ya. I got this.

5 :: What movement challenges you the most? – DOUBLE UNDERS

6 :: What is your guilty non-CrossFit pleasure? – Red wine, which I’m drinking right now. And listen, I’m a wine snob. I can taste the difference between a good bottle and a cheap one. Just saying.

7 :: What have been some of your achievements since starting and what are your ambitions for the rest of 2014? – I first started really working out and taking it seriously about 3 years ago. I joined a kickboxing class and we had to run a mile for time on the first day. I won’t be sharing my time, but since joining CrossFit, I have actually cut that time in HALF. It’s really cool to see that kind of progress, but it definitely didn’t happen overnight. The point is, persistence matters. The rest of 2014, I’d really like to be able to consistently get double-unders. Nothing is more frustrating than knowing that you CAN and HAVE done something, but then not be able to crank it out when you’re supposed to. DUs, I’m coming for you.

8 :: What is something you would encourage someone considering CrossFit? – Honestly- why not? I’ve had so many friends express interest in joining but people rarely follow through. I know it can be intimidating, but if you do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get what you’ve always gotten. If you’re serious about fitness and you’re not afraid to fail, there’s no harm in trying. As I said before, I’ve met so many great people through CrossFit- and it’s not just limited to CFM. It’s the whole mentality behind CrossFit. I can still go back to my old box in Iowa, and they treat me as though I never left.

9 :: What is something others may not know about you? – I’m actually kind of weird. I play the harp, speak French and was a Girl Scout until my senior year in high school. Some days I go straight from CrossFit to my harp lesson. I don’t think my teacher really appreciates me being covered in chalk and sweat, but it’s just something that we CrossFitting harpists have to deal with.

10 :: What is your most memorable CrossFit experience? – The very first day I got an unassisted pull-up. We were getting ready to do my now favorite benchmark, Helen, and my friend in the class said, “Just try a pull-up without a band.” I did all the pull-ups unassisted and high-fived the coach on the way out the door for round 2, exclaiming, “This is my CrossFit breakthrough!” As silly as it sounds, it was a great moment for me and really cool that everyone in the class was excited for me as well. Oh, and there was that time I got lost during the warm-up. Literally. Lost.

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