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Each of our athletes commit to accomplishing goals that they set and making healthy lifestyle choices everyday at CrossFit Foxcroft and Razorback CrossFit. The determination and hard work that they put in results in becoming healthier, stronger, quicker, and the improvement of their overall fitness. This incredible group of athletes in our growing community is devoted to helping each other and themselves become better each day. As coaches, we feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many like-minded, hardworking athletes to achieve their goals.
For the March installment of our Member Spotlight, we introduce Joyce Babin. Joyce started CrossFit in December 2014, primarily because she was curious and also because she could get extra points in the Holiday Fitness Challenge. She was looking to add some variety to her workouts to get a "total body workout" and ended up staying because she enjoyed the workouts, coaches, and fellow CrossFitters.
Do you remember what your first CrossFit workout was?
I am not sure I remember my first workout, but I think that there may have been some wallballs involved. I had never really lifted weights before and had no clue about the strength training part. I think the first coach I met may have been surprised that I kept coming back!
What do you like most about CrossFit?
I like the comradery of the CrossFitters. The coaches are great and encourage participants to do their best. The coaches and participants are friendly and welcoming. Everyone cheers each other on. High-fives, fist bumps and congratulations are required upon completions of WODs or when a new PR is reached. You meet people you might not meet otherwise. I like that the WODs are different every day.
What is your favorite exercise or workout?
None of them and all of them! When I see some of the WODs, I groan because they may have burpees, thrusters, overhead squats or things that I do not do well. I probably like the workouts that have running or sit-ups better than some of the others. Because the workouts are different every day, if you do not like a WOD one day, you probably will like the one the next day. The workouts are usually fun - a little like recess for adults.
What changes have you noticed since you’ve started CrossFit?
I am more fit and stronger.
What goals have you accomplished and what are your next goals you are working towards?
My goal is to be fitter and stronger, and maybe someday to do a real chest-to-bar and a better push up.
How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life?
CrossFit is a good stress release. For one-hour, I can focus on the workout and not on the other stressors in my life. The skills I have learned apply to everyday life. I find myself utilizing the “farmer carry” often.
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit, or someone who is thinking about joining?
Join. CrossFit is for all ages and all types. The workouts are scalable and can be adapted for most, if not all, fitness levels. It does not matter how fast you complete a WOD or your strength training level. It just matters that you try to reach your personal best. As an “older” CrossFitter, I am not always first to complete – and I am not always last – but I go home proud that I have worked hard and accomplished much more than I would have otherwise.
I like working out at the LRAC because we have access to the track, good facilities and a good class schedule!