Athlete of the MonthSeptember

Sarah Holman

An example of what you can achieve with effort and consistency

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Holman is our BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
Once upon a time I was a Division I All-American athlete. Like many athletes, when I was done competing I went through many types of workouts trying to find something that I enjoyed. I tried running, cycling, masters swimming, triathlons, group classes at the gym, but after years of on and off I knew I needed to find more of a community to keep me continuously motivated. It was while looking for community that I found the Fords. I actually first joined in 2012. I have been through a lot personally in the last 8 years and there have been times when I was unable to attend classes regularly including almost 2 years away after having my son. I always missed the BSC community and I have been back now for a little over a year. I love working out at BSC, and I love all the members that make each and every workout so much fun and push me to challenge myself. I am physically more confident and comfortable in my own skin when pushing myself consistently alongside all of you!
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My goals right now are to get to class consistently to improve my overall strength, fitness, and health. I like using Wodify to track my workouts try to get better over time. I enjoy both the Bulldog Burn and CrossFit workouts and have picked up many new skills over the years. Strength training was part of what I did as a competitive swimmer, but Olympic lifts, kettle bells and double-unders were all new things for me to learn. Setting goals to achieve and/or improve these skills always adds to my motivation in class. Currently my biggest goal is to get back to being able to do (at least) 1 strict Pull-Up.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
The members and the coaches keep me coming back. Especially now. While everything was shut down the live Zoom workouts KEPT ME SANE! And now, in the gym is pretty much the only time I see people in person even if it’s at a distance or behind a mask.
When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
In the Spring of 2019 I was having a rough time. I was the heaviest I had ever been (outside of being pregnant), I was having some minor health issues and I just didn’t feel good about myself mentally or physically. I had been trying my best to workout and improve my eating, but with an unpredictable work schedule and a toddler at home I was struggling to maintain any kind of consistency. For Mother’s Day I asked for a punch card to BSC so that I could get back to the place where I last felt good about myself physically. That was all it took. As soon as I got back into the classes with all of you I was hooked once again. I finally lost (most) of the baby weight and immediately started gaining confidence again.
Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
All of you! I have made so many great friends over the years, but I love that I can go to class almost any time of day and fit right in and get a fun and challenging workout. I also think that we have the best coaches around. Thanks to all the coaches for helping me improve, push myself, and figure out how to modify things when needed that will still provide an amazingly challenging workout.

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