November Athlete of the Month, Alison!
Published November 1, 2018
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
- What was life like before you became a member?
Before I became a member, I had a very different mindset on health and fitness. I thought if you wanted to be skinny you had to starve yourself to get there and since I am a foodie, that did not appeal to me. Give me the cake, damn it! But after I found the world of macros and workouts that were fun and challenging, I became the person that calls fitness a hobby and I find new healthy ways to enjoy food all the time.
- At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?
When I first started at Keystone I was not exercising at all. I would go through spurts of joining a gym and barely doing anything there, if I went at all. I began dancing when I was 5, so people would often suggest Zumba because it was “just like dance”, which it is not! Zumba is not dancing the way I know it. I needed something to keep my mind just as active as my body. The battling thoughts of quitting or keep going through a WOD at CrossFit is just what I needed.
- What originally prompted you to seek us out?
I was going out to dinner with my good friend and she said she was going to try out this Boot Camp the next morning. She gave me a few details and over the next 6 weeks told me a bit more about it and I was intrigued. Mind you, I was completely content with my body the way it was and had ZERO desire to do CrossFit. I was a total hater but thought this wasn’t CrossFit – It sounded kind of fun and it was something to do. So, I signed up for the next camp and dragged my sister Stacey with me.
- Do you have any special moments/memories?
My favorite memory was watching my brother Jordan graduate from Boot Camp. I was so insanely proud of him and seeing how proud he was of himself was even better. He truly pushed himself to his limits and when he finished his baseline he hugged me and my sister Stacey so hard and thanked me for being an inspiration to him. Thinking about that moment still makes me cry. We were so emotional and happy for him. The three of us have been through a lot together and it didn’t stop there. Those two are my best friends and my favorite people. They have been through the ringer with me and still always had my back. To see them achieve a great personal victory and then turn that into a hobby that we share and do together truly makes my heart smile.
5. What have you liked best about working with us?
The thing that is hands down the best about working out at Keystone are the people I work out with. They keep me going every day. I have met so many great people through the Box. Some I work out with every day, some I see occasionally, and some even go to different boxes now but we still hang out, go out for coffee, or sign up for crazy races together.
6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?
The thing I am most proud of achieving is the knowledge I have gained about nutrition and how every single thing we put into our bodies affects us in one way or another. I’m managing to find a balance and enjoy life.
7. With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?
My view of myself has truly changed. I’m way more bad ass than I thought I was, and I was super bad ass before. Now I’m stronger (mentally and physically). I’m doing things I would never do in a million years. If you asked me 2 ½ years ago if I would be running half marathons, spartan races and jumping on boxes I would have told you “oh good god, hell no!” But here I am, killing it every day.
8. What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?
I would say – do not settle. Definitely be proud of who you are and be comfortable in your skin. You are beautiful! But always strive for more. Strive to be better, to make yourself proud every day. CrossFit is more than just lifting weights and drinking protein shakes. I have gained a lot as a person. You should practice being a good human, virtuosity and putting good things in that body of yours because you are going to be together for a long time. CrossFit gives you that and the satisfaction of back squatting 200 pounds, doing huge sets of double unders and making some amazing friends along the way!
9. What was your goal when you originally signed up?
I didn’t have a goal when I first signed up. I was doing the boot camp for fun. I was happy in my skin and still am.
10. What is your favorite movement/lift?
My favorite lift would have to be Power Cleans and when my calves are feeling good, I love double unders.