No Stranger to Competition and Hard Work!
Congratulations to Kirsten! She is our December 2020 Athlete of the Month!
Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
I grew up playing soccer and fastpitch softball competitively till college and just burned out. I still played both sports till the injuries started to pile up and realized that I didn’t heal as fast as I did when I was younger. A friend and I decided one day to try fitness pole dancing and did that for awhile till the tricks on the pole needed me to be more flexible than I was or was every going to be. I took up kickboxing for 2 years when I decided that I needed something else. I had just starting doing obstacle course races and was really disappointed with my ability to do anything that required grip and strength (sucked at anything that required me to pull myself up). I thought about doing CrossFit but people kept warning me about it and was a little scared to try it. Went for a baseline class just to see if it was a scary as I imagined and was hooked. I couldn’t have imagined how much stronger I have become from that person that walked thru BSC’s doors a few years ago.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
I really wanted to get a pull-up and learn how to rope climb since these were the skills I needed for obstacle course racing. Also wanted to get some experience with free weights. I can say now that I can do pull-up and can rope climb but haven’t yet had the opportunity to use these in a race yet but hoping for next year :)
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
There is so much to learn and skills to develop that I can’t get enough. I see the athletes that have been doing it for years and I want to be like them someday. I have to put in the work to achieve my goals and BSC has been exactly what I was looking for. I love the positive attitude that everyone has here.
When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
I had been practicing my pull-ups everyday after class and was getting frustrated with them. There were muscle ups in a CrossFit open work out in 2019 and I knew I couldn’t do those but Coach Sasha suggested that I could do pull ups instead (they didn’t count for the open but that was ok). So that’s what I did and some how it just clicked and did one then got a couple more. It was an awesome feeling.
Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
This question is difficult since I feel that everyone at BSC is an inspiration. From the veteran athletes to the new ones we are all here to make our lives healthy and be better then we were yesterday. All the coaches have been awesome and always have great attitudes. Even when I get frustrated with a movement they are there to keep pushing and offering ideas that work for me. But a special shout out to Coach Sasha for all the help, suggestions and keeping me going when I get frustrated.