We are excited to announce our April Athlete of the Month, Melissa Hart! Melissa is a constant mid-day CrossFit attendee who always arrives ready to work hard. Whether it’s endurance or regular WOD, she always wears a huge smile on her face!
Reading Melissa’s answers to our questions below, I am in awe of her love of CrossFit and what she shares that it means to her personally. I love what she’s been through – injury and loss – and how she utilizes CrossFit to help with stresses, as well as remembering to never take advantage of what her body can do! It’s a great lesson and something we (I know me personally) should remember more often! Thank you Melissa for all you bring to our community and your great answers below!
- How long have you been a member at Kirkland CrossFit? Do you remember your first experience? I have been coming to KCF since July 2012. Prior to CrossFit, my primary exercise routine was running or hiking, and I thought I was in ok shape. Starting CrossFit was certainly a humbling experience, but I immediately loved the challenge and the energy. I remember feeling nervous before every workout because I never knew what to expect and always wondered whether I would physically make it out alive afterwards.
- What keeps you coming back to the gym day after day? I love coming to CrossFit because I love the physical challenge and really appreciate how every workout is different. Having such a busy schedule, CrossFit is sometimes the only time I have just for myself. It helps clear my head and is the best way I know to burn off stress. I also feel really lucky I am still able to do CrossFit. Six weeks after I had my baby in September 2015, I was at a different CF gym and hurt my right shoulder during snatches. The shoulder took almost a year to fully heal, and during that time period I did not do CrossFit and seriously questioned whether I would even be able to do CrossFit ever again. When I did finally come back to KCF, Lenore and Erica were so amazing and encouraging. They helped me modify the WODs so that I could ease my way back in. Now that I am fully recovered, I don’t take anything for granted and still feel lucky everyday. Also on another note, when my dad unexpectedly died last year, coming to CrossFit really helped get my mind off of grieving and in some weird way also really helped me deal with the loss. The workouts shifted my focus from loss to something more productive instead.
- Do you have a favorite WOD or movement? I really like the chipper style WODS and WODs with pull-ups and toes to bar.
- Do you have a least favorite WOD or movement? Snatches and wall balls.
- What’s your biggest personal accomplishment inside KCF? Finishing any WOD – let alone RX’ing a WOD! LOL
- Is there anything you want to share with KCF community surrounding your personal fitness goals and accomplishments? Specifically, how important was CrossFit to you post baby? I just feel very lucky that I am able to do CrossFit, especially after I thought I would never do CrossFit again after my shoulder injury. CrossFit is the only exercise program that I do not get bored of. After rehabilitating the should and after re-starting CrossFit, I had to release a lot of the movements. The first time I was able to do a pull-up again was very exciting – especially since for months I could not even hang from a pull-up bar without extreme pain. One goal I have (which may take years to achieve) is a bar muscle up!
- Outside the gym, what are some of your favorite hobbies? I love spending time with friends and family and taking my daughter, Elena, to do fun activities!
- Do you have a favorite place to vacation with your family? We try and go to Kona, Hawaii every year. My sister lives there and visiting her is such a great excuse for a Hawaii trip!