June 2021 Athlete of the Month, Taylor!
Published June 1, 2021
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
1. What was life like before you became a member?
When I joined Keystone CrossFit, I’d just started my second semester of college and pretty much all of my time went to classes, homework, studying, and playing saxophone for my college’s band. I’ve always been super dedicated to school, so I never really strayed away from putting all of my time toward that and I never really bothered to try anything new.
2. At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?
Before I joined, I’d never done anything remotely similar to a CrossFit workout. I was pretty laughably unathletic for most of my life. I’d started running fairly consistently a couple months before I started CrossFit and would periodically go to the gym but stick to the cardio machines because I was too scared of the free weights section. Other than that, working out wasn’t really an important part of my life.
3. What originally prompted you to seek us out?
At the time I joined, the job I wanted after college required a physical fitness evaluation and I wasn’t confident I’d pass it (again, laughably unathletic), so I figured I should probably prepare by doing something a little more comprehensive than just haphazard bouts of cardio.
4. What was your goal when you originally signed up?
My initial goal was just to gain some general fitness and more specifically, finally be able to do some push-ups and pull-ups.
5. What have you liked best about working with us?
Words can’t describe how much I’ve fallen in love with every single part of Keystone CrossFit. Coming to the box is genuinely the one thing I look forward to the most every day. Working out at Keystone with all of the friends I’ve made in the past year is absolutely the most enjoyable and motivating way to train. Even if the WOD includes movements that aren’t my favorite or that I’m not particularly good at (*cough cough* snatches), I’m always so excited to take it as an opportunity to improve, especially with the exceptional coaching at Keystone. Tim and Nikki are so well-informed and helpful. Because of them, I always feel like I leave the box 1% better or more knowledgeable than I was the day before. If anyone had told me two years ago that I would consider a CrossFit box my second home, I absolutely would’ve told them that they’re out of their mind, but it 100% feels that way to me now.
6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?
I think I’m most proud of showing myself that I actually am athletic. I was so used to being the “the smart kid” my entire life that I put myself into a box where I believed the only thing I could ever really be good at was school. Joining Keystone CrossFit introduced me to a whole different world where I was allowed to do more than just get good grades and study.
7. With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?
Absolutely! Being able to push past your own limits in a WOD really does translate into the rest of your life. Attempting a squat PR that scares you might mean trying something new outside of the gym. Pushing harder than you thought you were capable of in the last minute of a WOD might mean knowing you can go the extra mile on a project at work or school the next day. Overall, CrossFit has taught me to not just blindly accept what I initially think I can do and instead always try to push harder and make myself uncomfortable, whether that’s in the gym or not.
8. What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?
My best advice would be to just do the thing that scares you because it will definitely pay off in some way. Don’t think that because you lived your life a certain way for however many years, you can’t add more to your life by doing something different. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone because you’ll likely find that the things that make you the absolute happiest and most fulfilled are waiting for you there. I’ve learned that the absolute best way to grow as a person is to lean into discomfort. The more you tackle the things that scare you, the less things you have left in the world to be scared of.
9. Do you have any special moments/memories?
Some of my favorite memories involve hitting PRs or getting movements that I never thought I could. The first time I deadlifted over 200 pounds and clean and jerked over 100 pounds felt like huge milestones because I never thought I’d get there when I first joined. Also, getting my first strict pull-up was a really exciting moment.
10. What is your favorite movement/lift?
I feel like my favorite lift changes every single month but right now, I’m really in love with deadlifts and clean and jerks. Some of my other favorites are box jumps, double unders, running, and (no matter how crazy everyone tells me I am for this) burpees.
I’m ecstatic to be June’s Athlete of the Month. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m absolutely obsessed with CrossFit (probably to an annoying extent), so this really means a lot to me. I’m incredibly grateful for all of the people that Keystone CrossFit has brought into my life. There’s no friendships quite like the ones you make as you’re pushing through a WOD together on a 90-degree day or cheering each other on during a PR attempt. To anyone reading this that is considering starting CrossFit but is still hesitant, do yourself a favor and do it! I promise you won’t regret it.