Athlete Spotlight – Katie S.

Why did you choose Sycamore CrossFit? Why do you keep coming back?

I joined a community workout on a Saturday about 2 years before I started. I LOVED it! I was an athlete in high school, with a gymnastics background and this was fun, challenging and not boring! 2 years later, I was finally “ready” to get back to moving my body, and knew this was where I needed to go. I came in for info on a 28-Day Challenge and after a conversation with Carl, we decided foundations was a better fit, I’ve been at the gym now for almost 2 years consistently! I keep coming back, for so many reasons, lifelong friends I have made. The coaching staff really knows us, they dig in, know how to adjust for you and your “ism’s” and know when to listen and when to push. Oh, and ya know, getting stronger, mentally and physically. 

What’s your best story about the gym?

Oh, gosh. So many, I could chat your ear off half the afternoon about fun gym stories, from personal accomplishments, to funny stories, to driving the coaches crazy not listening or goofing off–printer workouts, and Friday Night Lights. Here’s my briefest synopsis: PUPPIES!  Oh, wait seriously. Watching my first FNL, seeing other members push, strive and accomplish goals they weren’t sure they could–fighting that mental wrestling match in their own head, can or can’t I really do this? Seeing everyone come together to cheer someone who’s still working on, especially when it’s running at the end of the workout–when those who are done, go back to find those still out somewhere outside the building, and then they come back together, it is amazing to see. 

What advice would you give to the person you were a year ago?

Settle in, things are always changing, and you are always growing, placing your focus on making those small choices everyday really add up. No one is perfect, and not trying something because of fear of failure is such a disservice to your life & goals. The people who are further/faster/stronger than us have failed more times than we have. That “special” thing that makes them someone we look up to, is that they have GRIT and they haven’t given up. It’s hard to start something new, it’s hard to not be motivated, it’s hard to come in and pay the sweat equity. Choose your hard.

What accomplishment at the gym or in your nutrition are you the most proud of?

If you’ve been around me for any amount of time, you know I’ve got my supplement game on lock, and that for me was the first step. Then I added the gym, and I’m fairly confident saying that it’s part of who I am now. I have always know what to eat, what is the better choice, but implementing it never seemed to stick. I’ve recently dug in with the WHY my body reacts to certain foods, and where my deficiencies lie, and that has been huge! I’ve lost about 15 lbs in just over 60 days, and looking forward to the next two months!  I’ve also hit some awesome PRs I thought were farther away, including 2 strict pull-ups and toes-to-bar!

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