OBCF Athlete Spotlight: Amy Adair
Name: Amy Adair
Occupation: Growth & Development, Training Coordinator
Favorite WoD (Workout of the Day): Fran, I know I know but I like it!
In case you don’t know, Fran is an infamous CrossFit Workout that consists of 3 Rounds (21 reps the first round, 15 Reps the second round, and 9 Reps the 3rd round) of 21-15-9 Thrusters and Pullups.
Favorite Lift: Split Jerk or the Clean and Jerk (I love the Jerk!)
Favorite Cheat Meal: Mexican Enchiladas Tapitias! Cheese, cheese, and more cheese yum!
Athletic Background: Played high school sports (softball, basketball, volleyball) but otherwise just the general running and gym time routine.
Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors where I can feel the sun on my skin, watch my children enjoying themselves, and learning.
How did you find CrossFit and how long have you been involved? My best friend, Sheri, and I had both gotten to a point where we were bored with our regular workout routines and wanted to shake things up. We had some friends that had found Crossfit and seemed to really enjoy it and, although Sheri and I live in different states, CrossFit gave us an opportunity to workout “together” and share the experience. So…January of last year (2014) I walked into my first WOD, checked my ego at the door (Lord knows it’s awkward to be the newbie), and although it wasn’t hook, line, sinker-I had definitely been bitten by the CrossFit bug.
How has CrossFit changed your life? The first couple of weeks weren’t only awkward, they were also eye opening. In my mind’s eye, I was still able to do all of things that I could do when I was a fulltime high school athlete. In reality though…not so much. I couldn’t even make it through a single set of 10 strict pushups. Coming face to face with my own ego was a humbling experience. I’ve found that with CrossFit, not only has my physical strength and capability grown but so have I internally and emotionally. As I repetitively practiced checking my ego at the door, and instead focusing on being a better me today than yesterday (not better than anyone else) I was able to enjoy the positive impact of repeated physical accomplishments. I began to strengthen my own resolve and emotional fortitude not to mention my body image. I’ve moved away from focusing on my dress size or body weight and have come to a place where I have a true, deep seeded respect for my body, for my own strength and ability as well as the way I feel in my own skin.
What is your biggest achievement so far, and what is your next big goal? Those darn double unders! Woohoo! Still a work in progress for stringing them together but to finally be able to consistently do them has been a year coming!! Next big goals are Toes to Bar and the rope climb. ☺
What is your favorite thing about Olive Branch CrossFit? The people-all day long. I love the community aspect of CrossFit in general, and absolutely love all of the folks at OBCF.
Have any advice for new members? Know that you’re going to feel awkward, and that so has everyone else in the box many, many times. Ask lots of questions. Check your ego at the door. Quality before Quantity. And always remember, sometimes showing up is the hardest part but you’ll always be glad that you did.
Is there anything else you want to add? Tell us something we don’t know about you? My life’s motto is “Be the change you wish to see in the world” ~Ghandi Interesting fact: I was married and expecting my second child before I was old enough to legally vote…!
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