August Spotlight Athlete: Connie Garland
- What made you decide to start CrossFit?
My youngest brother who is in the military was talking about it, so I researched a little online, and tried out some sample WODS at home for a while. When I saw Strongpoint open near our warehouse, I decided to give it a try. It was intimidating, but I kept coming back.
- What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
I wouldn’t say I had any specific goals, just to be in better shape. I have improved my cardio, gone from 1 strict pull up to 5, gotten 8-10 kipping pull-ups connected, and improved steadily in weight lifting. My endurance is immeasurably better. It is so great to feel strong and fit.
- What do you like best about the gym?
I like the “constantly varied activity”. In CrossFit every day is a new and different challenge. The friends I have made in the last 2 years are the greatest. The Strongpoint family is always available to cheer you on and share in the successes.
I also have to say the coaches. especially Ryan, are very knowledgeable, helpful, and involved. The actual skill training/instruction is awesome. Ryan’s programming is carefully thought out, and comprehensive. Just show up, do the work and you will improve.
- What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
I like Tabatas, and anything with the gymnastic moves: HSPU, PU, pull ups, T2B, sit ups, ring dips, etc. Bring ‘em on!
- What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
I consider anything with wallballs the worst. I can’t throw a heavy ball, can’t hit the line with a lighter one, and sometimes the ball hits me in the face, aaargh! Note to self— don’t say can’t and work on it, you will improve!
- What motivates you to show up day after day?
The awful fun I have at each WOD. Haha I love how I can check all the troubles and minor annoyances of the day at the door, and leave an hour later with a smile on my face and a sense of accomplishment. There is always a challenge and a way to get stronger and better.
Most challenges in my life have been relatively easy to meet. CrossFit is endeavor that required me to push really hard over time to meet multiple challenges. It encourages you to work very hard to make small improvements that finally come together as new skills and a better you. It’s a great feeling, made even better with friends to work with you and cheer you on.
- What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
I try to ignore any tiny thoughts about keeping up with the “kids” during a workout. Those kids are always the ones cheering me on and helping me to finish strong.
- What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Each and every one of the Rx WODs I have completed, all of my PR’s, getting 5 strict pull-ups, competing in Festivus.
- What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
This would be many moments – – – of fighting the barbell the first few months when I started. It was terrible, and I just didn’t get the idea of lifting, it was sooo complicated. Also, my mishaps with box jumps were not good either.
10. What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
The only organized athletic endeavor of my youth was as a barrel racer on the rodeo circuit.
11. What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
That has to be the time Ryan said that he went home at night and cried when we didn’t listen closely and follow every one of his instructions.
12. What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
My primary goal is to increase my max weights on lifting. I definitely will (finally) master double unders!! I plan to participate in the 2015 CrossFit masters open.
13. What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Keep after it, persevere, it gets easier. Come as often as possible, let your coaches help you out, and work at your own level so that you can get it done. You will surprise yourself with how fast you will improve. Make friends here at Strongpoint and have fun. You will be so proud of your accomplishments and improvement in fitness. You too can be a BAMF.
14. What advice would you give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
Anyone can do this, starting at your own fitness level and you WILL see results. Commit to four months of hard work and you won’t be sorry.
Coach’s Comments: We have been working with Connie for just about two years now and to say it has been a pleasure would be an understatement! She is truly a Strongpoint “OG” having started her time with us in the much fabled, “Old Building” down the street. I still remember her coming in for her intro on a scorching hot summer day in 2012 and proceeding to smash the baseline workout faster than many people half her age! Connie has continued to build on that fitness base and we have seen great improvements in her strength and technique since that time. She tasted her first competition during the Festivus Games in the Spring of 2014 and we are excited to see her expand into more competitions and the Open in the coming year. Always diligent, she regularly makes good use of Open Gym periods and weightlifting classes to develop technique, work on her weaknesses, and work toward new goals. Connie also referred in her husband Mike and co-worker Allison, who have also become great members of our morning sessions during the last year. It is for these reasons that Connie was an easy choice as Spotlight Athlete and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!