Athlete Of The Month – May 2016 : Margaret Hill
Thumbs up the WOD is done!
The Magnificent Month of May shall be graced by our very own Margaret Hill for The Athelete Of The Month Feature. Always in good spirits, Margaret is a motivating force in the box. I can always count on her sarcastic exchanges but she consistently gives 100% percent during the workout. Let’s hear what she had to say when we asked her about her experience while at Whole Strength.
1. How did you come to find out about Whole Strength CrossFit?
I had a “Suggested Post” on Facebook and actually clicked on it since it was SUPER close to the house. I drive by all the time since I live so close – so that helped too!
2. What is your favorite WOD?
I don’t know if I have a favorite official one just yet. But we did do the 300 burpees one day (I think it was in March) – that might be my favorite one so far. Just because if you can do that many burpees (I did not – but I beat my personal goal which was enough for me and gives me something to work for next time) then nothing seems as hard after that!
3. Least favorite Move?
Any sort of move that includes the pull up bars. Mostly because I am still working on my grip – so anytime we have to do toes to bar (for me that’s knees to chest), I always end up slipping by the end.
4. Biggest accomplishment so far?
Every workout brings a new accomplishment for me. But when I first started I really wanted to be sure that I came to workout no matter what was listed as the Metcon or WOD that day. I have actually stuck to that (that’s how I got there on the 300 burpee day!). I figure it’s one of those things that most everything is going to seem hard – but that’s why I am here – always good to challenge myself and don’t want to limit myself just because there might be something listed that I don’t feel like doing.
Heel placement is key on the Box Jumps!
5. What is your six month Goal?
To still be working out at the box consistently! Would be really nice to have some more of the moves and WODs down by than too. Also wouldn’t mind being able to do a handstand, a full push up, and maybe even toes to bar or pull up or something like that!
6. What do you enjoy most about Whole Strength CrossFit?
Definitely the people and the coaches! Everyone has been so nice and encouraging since the day I stepped foot in the door.
Margaret building with Habitat For Humanity.
7. What is your Occupation?
I am a Senior Accountant – but will be a Senior Financial Analyst in a month.
8. What is your fitness background?
Nothing to official. I have done the group fitness classes at the Y for years and had a personal trainer for a while too. It’s been years since high school but when I was a teen I was really involved in martial arts (surprisingly that has helped tremendously as an adult working out!)
Stand up to FULL extension! She’s got the proper form. Do you?!?
9. How long have you been CrossFitting?
End of January 2016.
10. Thoughts after your first CrossFit experience?
Oh wow I am out of shape… But it was fun!
11. What advice would you give to a new CrossFitter?
Just keep trying, keep going, and don’t give up. It’s definitely going to be challenging but that’s why most of us are here, if it was easy wouldn’t be as much fun! Also the hard stuff isn’t going to last forever – at some point the workout will be over and it feels really great when you realize that and see what you can actually accomplish!
We’re so glad to have Margaret involved in our CrossFit community. She chose us as her “fit family” and we couldn’t be more excited to coach her through her journey. When Margaret talked about the “300 Burpee” WOD she made a good point. Just the thought of doing that many burpees can be a daunting task. It requires a lot of mental fortitude. Whole Strength CrossFit has that type of workout a couple times a month. We call them “mental toughness” workouts. Building that determination to keep going during that long haul is another component of fitness that translates into real life scenarios. A long project at work. A home improvement job at home. Or even dealing with a life dibilitating illness. To succeed in these things we need to build our mental strength to overcome the seemingly impossible tasks in life and in the gym. That’s our mission at Whole Strength CrossFit.