May 2015 Spotlight Athlete: Ashley Butler - Strongpoint CrossFit

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May 2015 Spotlight Athlete: Ashley Butler

May 2015 Spotlight Athlete: Ashley Butler

What made you decide to start CrossFit?

My husband said he would pay me $5 for every class I went to. Starbucks money sounded good to me! Also, I was no longer happy at a regular 24-hour type gym. I wasn’t seeing any results, I didn’t have any type of community, and overall wasn’t enjoying my same old same old routine.

What results have you seen or goals have you achieved?

Lots!! Prior to Crossfit I couldn’t do a pull-up and now I can string a few together … I set my mind to a Paleo challenge we did a little ways back, and won that which I was super excited for, I worked out through 41 weeks of pregnancy, I’m overall stronger than I’ve ever been before. The list goes on and on which is something that makes me super happy in and of itself.

What do you like best about the gym?

The community for sure. I’ve made some great friends! I like that my work schedule allows for me to float between morning and evening classes which has allowed me to get to know a wide range of people. #teamabe

What is your favorite exercise or WOD?

I don’t think I have a favorite WOD, but I really enjoy doing back squats and cleans.

What is your least favorite exercise or WOD?

Burpees of any kind – normal, lateral, bar facing, pull-up, box jump … you get the point.

What motivates you to show up day after day?

My family. It’s important for me to take care of myself so that I can in turn take care of them.

What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best?

Thinking that other people are judging me, my times, my weights, etc. I don’t like to be the center of attention so when I feel like I’m being watched, I then have a tendency to beat myself up inside and lose confidence in myself and my abilities.

What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?

Crossfitting through my entire pregnancy. Definitely had its hard moments, but I hit a lot of PRs in the first two trimesters and everyone was extremely encouraging and supportive.

What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit?

During my intro when I went to the bathroom and cried before doing the baseline workout.

What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you?

I’m pregnant again … JUST KIDDING! While growing up I played year-round travel basketball.

What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit?

Just do whatever you want.

What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year?

I really want to be able to do double unders, handstand push-ups, and ring dips.

What advice would you give to someone who just started out?

Keep it up! You’re awesome for even being here and are going to be so happy you stuck with it. Take time to really learn proper form and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Our coaches are very knowledgeable and are the absolute best!

What advice would you give to someone who was on the fence about starting?

You’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t give it a shot. With hard work and dedication, you can do anything you put your mind to, so go ahead and just sign up already J

Coach’s Comments: I like to tell the story about Ashley’s intro at least once a month anyway so here goes…  She reluctantly agreed to try out CrossFit on a Saturday in the spring of 2013 after her husband, Rhett, had joined a couple of months prior.  Apparently she did not really want to come in, but Rhett told her she needed to because she had an individual appointment.  I saw the relatively sour look on her face walking in and asked, “Did Rhett make you come?”  She replied in the affirmative and the proceeded through the rest of the intro just fine.  Rhett told me later that she told him on the way home that she hated CrossFit, hated me, and, in fact, hated Rhett too!  Needless to say, she didn’t join right then.  She instead enrolled in the June 2013 Summer Challenge (on a bribe), performed really well, and ended up actually liking it.  Ashley has since become an awesome member of the community that has referred in friends that have become great members in their own right.  She trained through virtually her entire pregnancy and then was right back in the gym seven weeks after Addison was born.  I’m proud to say that she just completed her first competition since the birth and performed excellent finishing seventh in a division of over 40 women.  Ashley has made some significant strides in her health and fitness, but above all, she carries herself with much more confidence in the gym.  It has been extremely rewarding for the coaching staff to have the opportunity to be a part of that and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!

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