October 2014 Spotlight Athlete: Michelle Knight
What made you decide to start CrossFit? I was looking for a workout/gym that I would continue to see results. I had done boot camp classes for years and felt like I had plateaued and wasn’t seeing any further results. I started doing research on a few boxes and found Strongpoint with the good old summer challenge. Once I drank the Kool aid, I was in!
What results have you seen or goals have you achieved? In the year that I have been at Strongpoint, I have accomplished goals and personal records that I didn’t think would be possible. If someone told me I would be able to do a pull up without a band after 3 months, I would have laughed in their face. Being able to do most workouts Rx keeps me pushing for more speed and strength.
What do you like best about the gym? The gym is like a family! I like being able to catch up with friends while you work out and having some friendly competition against each other never hurts.
What is your favorite exercise or WOD? Anything with burpees and handstand pushups.
What is your least favorite exercise or WOD? Karen. Enough said.
What motivates you to show up day after day? Embracing the suck and kicking ass. Also, members notice when you’re gone and hold you accountable.
What negative thoughts hold you back from being your best? I try really hard not to be negative at the gym and just try to push myself as much as I can.
What has been your most memorable moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? Placing second at “No Baby Leave the Socks On.” It was definitely something that I was not expecting and having the Strongpoint family yelling at me to keep going is a day I won’t forget.
What has been your least favorite moment at Strongpoint CrossFit? Mondays after a long weekend…
What’s one thing that no one at the gym knows about you? I was Miss Congeniality and Miss Winter Haven my junior year of high school.
What is your favorite quote from Strongpoint CrossFit? “If I didn’t CrossFit, I would probably commit murder.”
What do you want to accomplish with your training in the next year? If I hit a muscle up, I think hell would freeze over.
What advice would you give to someone who just started out? Keep coming! Power through the days you feel tired or you don’t feel like it. You will see results and be shocked with what you are capable of doing.
What advice would give to someone who was on the fence about starting? Doooo it! You won’t regret it!
Coach’s Comments: MK came to us in August of last year with a relative solid baseline level of fitness, but little background in barbell work or many of the more advanced bodyweight movements we do in CrossFit. She plugged into the community aspect of the gym early on, did the work, and improved virtually every facet of her fitness. She started dipping her toes into the Rx (prescribed) water after about six months of training and now routinely completes workouts as prescribed. She has participated in four competitions thus far in 2014 finishing on the podium twice with a Second at “No Baby” and third at the “Beach’s Finest.” Above all, MK has a fantastic attitude, a strong work ethic, and is very coachable. It is for these reasons that she was an easy choice as Spotlight Athlete and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!
***Photo credit to Anthony Duran from 904 Fitness.***