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Athlete Spotlight: December 2015

Ashwynn Halbert

Athlete of the Month for December

Why I CrossFit

I’ve gone through periods in my life where I exercised as a way to “get skinny” before a vacation or important life event, but I never really prioritized health and fitness. I knew working out was something I ought to do, but I guess I never found the right regimen to give me results and motivate me to continue.  I mostly ran, did exercise videos, and light dumbbell work so I wouldn’t “get bulky.”  But I was in a rut and ready for a change, so I joined CrossFit Zeal in 2012 when my husband encouraged me to join him in these hellish workouts.  And I never looked back!  Now, working out is as much a part of me as eating and breathing. It no longer feels like a chore, but rather something I actually enjoy.

Part of the reason I CrossFit is because I love not having to plan my workouts.  I just show up and know that Mike’s programming has been purposefully thought out in order to make me the best, strongest, fittest version of myself.  Between the excellent programming and nutrition advice, he really sets you up to succeed. I definitely need the structure at Zeal, and I truly feed off the energy of my fellow CrossFitters as we encourage and motivate each other. I’ve met some of my very favorite people at Zeal!

I love that, in a world that tells women we must be skinny, that I’ve embraced my body for what it is and what it can do. Bring on all the muscles and veins! I love being strong, and CrossFit has helped me become both physically and mentally strong. I love setting goals, putting in the time and work, and seeing myself achieve things I never thought possible. There is always more weight you can put on the bar, faster times to attain, and new skills to master, and I’m excited to see where I’ll go from here!

Favorite Exercise

Deadlifts and body weight movements like push-ups and pull-ups

Least Favorite Exercise

Heavy front rack lunges. I want to cry.

Favorite Benchmark WOD

It’s a toss-up between Cindy and Fran. But Diane isn’t far behind.

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD

Karen. A short girl’s nightmare.

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