February 2016 Spotlight Athlete: Alli Austin
What made you decide to start CrossFit?
I had been a long time member of the YMCA and was really into the classes there. I also had been running for a while, but really didn’t do anything with weights. I just knew some people from other boxes that I’d see posting pictures and videos of them doing CrossFit and I just thought they looked badass. One day I decided to do some research and before I knew it I was setting up my intro with Ryan. I joined immediately after my intro session and haven’t regretted it since!
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?
I have improved on literally EVERY movement! I still have a super long way to go, but I am consistently pushing myself to do more. Whether it’s to up my weights, use one less mat for handstand pushups, or use a lighter band for pull-ups. I used to be content feeling like I mastered a workout, but now I thrive off of feeling like I barely finished it alive!
What do you like best about the gym?
I know I sound cliche, but the people! Everyone is so nice and encouraging 100% of the time, even if they don’t know you. It’s such a great atmosphere to be in and all of that encouragement makes it near impossible not to achieve your fitness goals.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD?
Chippers! Or anything involving power cleans.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?
I don’t love ring dips or overhead squats, that’s for sure.
What motivates you to show up day after day?
The progress I’ve seen in myself since beginning CrossFit. When I started, I could barely do anything right (Ryan will tell you)! Now, I can do so much more as far as weights and movements-I even complete some workouts Rx now! Seeing that improvement and realizing how much more there is for me to accomplish is what motivates me to keep coming.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?
Before a workout begins I usually have already decided how I’m going to do. For example, if it’s a 10 minute AMRAP, I will expect myself to do maybe 5 rounds. Once I hit that place and there’s still time left, I find myself slowing down and not really trying to get the best time or the highest amount of reps I can possibly get. I am trying to be more conscious about that by ignoring the clock or number or rounds, but sometimes I still notice myself doing it.
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
The other day when I completed Karen for the first time ever. I did it Rx and didn’t take 25 minutes like I thought I would!
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?
Nothing too bad has ever really happened-probably the first time my hands ripped from pull-ups.
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?
I’m certified to instruct Zumba!
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?
“I’m tired.”-Me after every WOD. But seriously, I don’t have a favorite quote. Too many entertaining things are said for me to pick just one.
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?
I want to get that stupid rope climb…I will do it one day! That and just be able to complete more workouts Rx.
What advice would you give to someone who just started out?
Stick with it! Don’t get intimidated by others in the gym, most of the best have been doing it for years! There are modifications for every movement and make each workout accessible to literally every type of person.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting?
Give it a shot! If you don’t love it within the first month-then you’re crazy. But seriously, it is such a different type of workout and you will never leave feeling disappointed because as I have already mentioned, everyone will be cheering you on no matter how you do!
Coach’s Comments: Alli came into the gym with a relatively light background in sports and fitness and no previous exposure to high intensity workouts or many of the movements that we do in the gym. She is, however, proof positive that everyone can do CrossFit if they are coachable and have a good attitude. As she stated, she had never really touched weights before, had some significant mobility restrictions, and really lacked much upper body strength. She has improved every single facet of her performance over the course of her first year with us through consistent effort. She routinely attends classes 4-5 days a week, has participated in some local competitions and clinics, and is one of our TakeDown Challenge competitors this session. Above all, she definitely carries herself with a lot more confidence in the gym than she did the day she walked in for her introduction and has become a real program ambassador for newer members. Alli has been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to seeing her continue to progress in 2016! And we are really looking forward to our new Zumba program too!