Athlete of the Month – April 2015 – Miki Hipp

Where were you in your fitness journey before BCF and where are you now? 

Before CrossFit I was struggling with staying active because I hated the gym. I hated the atmosphere; I hated putting in my head phones and zoning out for an hour all by myself, moving in and out of people doing the same thing, no one ever talking, no joking, no real fun. When I first started at BCF I had been doing CrossFit for about a year. I went to another box that didn’t have very many women and wasn’t too competitive. I’d say my strength and skill showed that. When starting CrossFit in general, I was hooked. I loved the weights, the measurable results, the interaction with people, everything. With the encouragement and competition at BCF I’m going farther than I ever thought possible for myself. My fitness is on a completely different level than it has ever been. I love it.

What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them? 

When I started at BCF my goal was to do a pull up.  Thanks to Chad (all credit to him) pushing me to do pull ups every day, I finally got a full strict pull up and was able to get three chest to bar pull ups in the Open, thanks to Dawna. Both of those were a big deal to me. Never in my life have I been able to do a pull up. Now I can!

What about BCF makes you keep coming back?

Coming to BCF really elevated the love for the sport; the programming, the coaches, but the people at BCF really set the hook for me. Everyone is so much fun. There isn’t a single person that you can’t talk to or joke with or work out with and not have a good day at the gym.

What is your favorite part of being a member at BCF? 

My favorite part is the camaraderie. I love how the Mike and Christine celebrate the members with bbqs or parties. The awards after the Open were great to watch!!! I loved that! Reading the comments on what happened during the Open was really heart melting. Everyone is so supportive of each other. When someone succeeds the whole box celebrates them

When/what was your “ah ha!” moment? 

I’d say my ah-ha moment was when Dan forced me to put 200# on the squat rack, instead of 190#, and go for two reps. Breaking that 200# mark is really intimidating. It opened my eyes at what I’m really able to do. I love being able to lift that much weight, and now want to lift so much more!

Does anyone the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?

This is a tough one. There is not one person that doesn’t inspire me. Chad, because he harassed me every day to do pull ups; Dawna, because she always is cheering you on to do one more rep; Mike and Christine, because they are a hot, fit couple, I mean com’mon! Tai, because she is so strong and I’m jealous; Kindra, because I want to be just like her. I want her muscle ups! Tom, because he works so hard that I want to work as hard. Kelly and Casey, because they have a living, working family and still make time to get to the gym. Lissa, Mel, and Sarah, because they push me and each other to come to the gym every day. We are in constant competition with each other to lift heavier and move faster. Mr. Bragg, because he is so supportive and loves that my clean is more than his 😉

– Miki 

Congrats to Miki for being Arpil’s Athlete of the Month!!  Miki came to BCF about a year ago and has been hitting it hard ever since. Miki has seen big gains in strength, Oly lifts and all around conditioning.You will typically see Miki in the pm classes, but you may catch her on a Sat/Sun am as well. She likes to spread herself around so she can meet everyone….Miki has a great attitude and is easy to work with and coach. She recently got on a nutrition plan and has gotten great results. She is leaner, meaner and faster.  Just ask Jason, her main squeeze, how bad she crushes the WODs….and him….HA!

It takes consistency and dedication to get to your goals and Miki is a good example of that.  Along with a great sense of humor and a positive attitude there is nothing stopping her from achieving her goals and then some.  Be sure to say Hi! to Miki and congrats when you see her.