March 18,

Athlete Spotlight: December 2016

Kate Jane Painter

Athlete of the Month for December

A Little About Me

I am a mom of a crazy 5 year old, I am a recreational therapist who works with people with mental Illness and substance abuse problems, a music lover, a cancer survivor, and a former NCAA division II soccer player who played at University of Mount Olive. I moved to NC from London Ontario Canada in 2004 due to my soccer scholarship, and lived here ever since! I still say “eh” regularly. I have been an athlete from age 4 starting with gymnastics, and was a power cheerleader in high school..

How I Found CrossFit

I moved to Holly Springs at the beginning of 2016, and I just had a hunch that I would love crossfit knowing my personality. I followed Christmas Abbott on social media which introduced me to the sport. I missed competing and thought crossfit would fill that void I’ve felt since graduating college.

Why I CrossFit

I love the variety of exercises, and I love feeling strong and powerful. I have lost body fat and have gained muscle in the short 4 months of being at Zeal. I can’t believe the things I can do now! Everyone at Zeal is so supportive and positive and I also get to laugh a lot too which makes working out much more fun.

Favorite Exercise

Hand stand walking because I’ve been doing it since I was 4! But I also love Olympic lifts because they are complex and super challenging and I am so determined to get much better at them!

Least Favorite Exercise

Chest to bar. Really really need to work on those!

Favorite Benchmark WOD


Least Favorite Benchmark WOD



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