June Athlete of the Month, Debbie!

Published June 3, 2019


                         ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

              Debbie Smith


1. What was life like before you became a member?

Before coming to Keystone CrossFit I’d have to say my life was ordinary and pretty routine. Get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner and chill on the couch with snacks, go to bed, wake up and do it all again. I was stuck in an unhealthy rut. I struggled with depression and dark days, not happy with myself and knowing I had to change my lifestyle but lacking any motivation to do it.

2. At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?

I didn’t have any set routine, just bounced around from one thing to another. I tried Zumba, Piyo, Hot Yoga, Kickboxing, pretty much you name it I tried it. I joined Crunch and Planet Fitness hoping that would do the trick but just walking on a treadmill or using the elliptical. It so was incredibly boring that I wanted to cry. The gym was full of equipment but there was no one to show you how to use it. So, I gave up.


3. What originally prompted you to seek us out?

My daughter Melissa was the driving force. She knew I was unhappy with my workouts or lack of workouts and suggested that I enlist in Boot Camp at Keystone CrossFit. As difficult and challenging as it was, I enjoyed it and signed up for a second round. When it was over, I was disappointed and wasn’t sure what came next. CrossFit seemed way out of my league. But I was told that any movement can be modified so I signed up.


4. What was your goal when you originally signed up?   

I had and still have many goals. My main goals are to lose some weight, get fit, and get stronger both physically and mentally. I want to become a better version of myself. I want to be someone that I am happy with and gain self-confidence. I don't want to hide behind loose, baggy clothes. I want to be proud of my shape and size no matter what that turns out to be.


5. What have you liked best about working with us?

One of the best things about Keystone CrossFit is the people. The coaches are amazing in helping you to achieve what you thought was impossible. The other members are so warm and welcoming, always ready to lend a helping hand if needed. The Coaches refer to us as a community….I think of it more as a family.


6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?

I am finally able to hang from the bar! That I am able to make it through a WOD. I never thought that at the age of 64 I would be running, jumping rope and lifting weights. It amazes me the amount of weight I can lift. I used to consider a 10# bag of potatoes to be heavy.

7. With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?

Absolutely. I still get butterflies when I walk in the box for a workout, but I am more confident that I can find a way to make it through the WOD, most times with modifications but I finish and feel accomplished at what I have done. I’ve come a long way for a person who sees the glass as half full. The best advice I’ve gotten is “just show up”. The rest somehow falls into place.


8. What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?

If you are ready to make changes in your life and you need to be truly ready to change not just go through the motions because you must be committed to what you are doing, then don’t hesitate at all to become a member of KCF. It will probably be the hardest, demanding, most challenging thing you do but also the most rewarding. Being surrounded by people who are so friendly and offer such amazing support makes each class fun and exciting. 

9. Do you have any special moments/memories?

Being able to work out and challenge myself against my daughter is awesome. She keeps me honest and pushes me to do better all of the time. Most of you that know me are aware that I am not a runner but what was super special was a time during my final 800 of a WOD. I heard footsteps behind me and found that after completing her own exhausting workout, Kim Rainey came out to run and encourage me. Then Brooke Halstead showed up too. Without them I might have given up!


 10. What is your favorite movement/lift?

I absolutely LOVE deadlifts!! The amount of weight that I can lift makes me feel incredibly strong.



A big Thank You! To Coaches Tim, Allison and Julie for helping me to believe in myself and do things I never thought possible. Thank you, also, to my KCF family. Your warmth, friendliness and unstopping support is so much more than anyone could ask for. Thank you for allowing me to be part of such a great family!!

Leave a Comment: