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Athlete Spotlight: June 2016

Lori Brinn

Athlete of the Month for June

Why I CrossFit

Hi, I’m Lori!  I’m a full-time mother to a 6-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, and I have been married for 10 years to my best friend.  I have two very spoiled dogs.  Besides CrossFit, I enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, running, and being in nature.  People say I smile a lot!  I’m a North Carolina native & a lifelong Wolfpack fan.

My neighbor Leah is a trainer at Zeal.  She always looks amazing!  Leah encouraged me to try CrossFit for a long time, but I was intimidated by how fit she was & the thought of an “average mom” like me doing such an “extreme” sport (even though she assured me that you don’t have to be super fit to do CrossFit).  She’s right.  The coaches at Zeal do a great job; all of the workouts really are scaled to your fitness level.  I’ve always felt like I’ve gotten a great workout that was challenging but not beyond my abilities.

My daughter (a kindergartener) was diagnosed with cancer six months ago.  Her prognosis is very good and we have a lot of hope for a full recovery for her, but the initial news was devastating to our family.  A few weeks after her diagnosis, I realized that I had let myself get consumed with stress and was really putting my own health on the back burner.  It’s an easy thing for any mom to do, but our situation was extreme and I knew that I couldn’t be the caregiver that my family needed if I didn’t also take care of myself.

I reached out to Zeal and am so glad that I did.  I remember telling Tom at our initial meeting that I didn’t want to wake up in six months overweight and depressed.  I didn’t.  I am mentally and physically stronger since starting my CrossFit journey, and 20 pounds lighter too.  Six months ago, I couldn’t do one pull-up.  Last week I did 100 in a single workout.  I feel like an athlete for the first time in more than a decade.  My favorite thing about the gym is the people I work out with.  From day one I have felt welcomed and genuinely encouraged, and I’ve had a lot of fun!

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Grace. Did I mention I hate cleans?

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