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Member Highlight – Meet Kellie

1. Why did you decide to try CrossFit?  
I decided to try Crossfit for 2 main reasons.  I was bored with my workouts and wanted to try something new. I also really wanted to learn how to do barbell lifts safely.
2. How is having a CrossFit coach changed your workout or fitness results? 
Having a coach has really helped me push myself to do much more than I ever thought was possible.  I have had great coaches that have helped teach me how to do the movements correctly and safely and I know I would have injured myself a lot if I had tried to do it on my own.  It’s nice to have someone that is always helping you to do your best and really wants you to achieve it.  It’s also really helpful to have a coach to program the workouts, it helps push you to do the things you don’t necessarily want to do but are actually good for you (I’m talking about you burpees). 
3. How has doing CrossFit affected your health and/or life?   
I have a daughter and it’s always been important for me to be able to keep up with her and be a role model for her.  I want to her understand health and strength are important and it’s not just about appearances as she moves into being teen and deals with more pressure.  The workouts also help me deal with the stress of a demanding job.   I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times I have walked into the gym really stressed or tired and walked out feeling 100% better.  I also love being able to help haul heavy things at home and know that I’m not always dependent others to do it for me! 
4. What is your favorite CrossFit movement?  
I think the running joke is that if there are Kettlebell movements programmed for a workout, I will probably be there-I love Kettlebells!  Deadlifts and the Bear Complex are pretty awesome too. 
5. What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?  
Try it! The hardest part is walking in the door.  There is a modification for everything to meet you where you are at and we all modify in some way, you won’t be the only one!  Crossfit is also so much about community, it’s fun to battle through a hard workout with others and know that everyone is there to help you and cheer you on.