Photos by Dustin Nevill
We are so proud of all of our athletes and the commitment to their goals and their health every day at Razorback CrossFit. Their determination and hard work is displayed as our athletes become healthier, stronger, quicker, and develop their overall fitness. This incredible group of athletes in our growing community is devoted to helping each other and themselves become better every day. As coaches, we are extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many like-minded, hardworking athletes to achieve their goals.
For our February installment of our Member Spotlight, we introduce Joanna Gregg. Joanna joined Razorback CrossFit in February of 2016 after moving to Little Rock. She first started CrossFit in the summer of 2012. She was really into running at the time and ran anywhere from 3-6 miles daily. But running had become monotonous to her and really wasn’t challenging anymore because she really had no desire to run longer distances. She got a Groupon email about a CrossFit class and she bought it. One month of unlimited classes… and so it began.
Do you remember what your first CrossFit workout was?
"The VERY first workout I did was 3 rounds of 400m run, 500m row. Since I was all cardio before starting, this workout didn’t really phase me and I thought I was going to be good at this whole CrossFit thing. The SECOND workout I did was 21-15-9 hang power clean, hand stand push-up. Hold up, turns out I am not good at CrossFit AT ALL and actually have no idea what either of these movements are. I went to work the next day with ice packs on my shoulders because I hurt so bad. These were muscles I had not come close to working, EVER. Surprisingly my thoughts were that I wanted more. I went almost every day with 1-2 rest days a week that whole month I had purchased and signed up for a membership directly after."
What do you like most about CrossFit?
"First and foremost I love the physical challenge of CrossFit. But along with that I love the community. I love the 2 of these things together. I love hitting a horrible workout with my friends and pushing each other to do more than you would ever do alone or even in a class where you are 1 of 30 people. I love the fact that I have a coach helping me every time I workout and I love that I can also translate the things we learn in class into workouts for myself outside of class at home in my garage, or for my family or other people who want to try something different and step outside their comfort zone. I could go on but you asked for one thing and I gave 16 already."
What is your favorite exercise or workout?
"I don’t actually have any one workout that comes to mind for a workout I love (I could tell you a few I hate, hah). I love any workout with a barbell but also some cardio like rowing or double unders or burpees mixed with heavy cleans."
What changes have you noticed since you’ve started CrossFit?
"The major change I have noticed is that I am comfortable, confident even, about my body and my fitness. I used to run and think I needed to be thinner or faster or blah, blah, you get the point. CrossFit is so empowering as a female. To be able to be strong and for it to be a good thing that other people see you doing something they can’t do and are impressed by your ability, that’s cool."
What goals have you accomplished and what are your next goals you are working towards?
"Hmmm goals, I should make some. To be honest after coming back from having a baby I was super discouraged. It felt like taking such a big step backward after all the hard work I had done but now I have gotten to where I like just coming in and working hard everyday. My goal is to not put too much pressure on myself to be more than I can be. But if I had to pick an actual goal I guess I would like to improve my gymnastics skills. It’s just something I push aside and don’t practice much and that is evident in my workouts!"
How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life?
"We move around a lot for my husband’s job and my CrossFit community has been a lifesaver. I have made some of the best friends I have ever had at each gym where I have been a member. Every time we are told we are moving the first thing I do is look up the CrossFit gyms nearby and hope there are as many awesome people there as the one I am leaving. And also being able to push a stroller and simultaneously carry a 40 pound car seat through the airport. That’s an indispensable life skill CrossFit has afforded me."
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit, or someone who is thinking about joining?
"That’s tough how about, DO IT!!!! Or at least give us a try! I hear people tell me all the time “I could never do that”. And the truth is at this point you may not be able to do most of the things we do in CrossFit but that’s the best part of just starting out, you will be amazed at the things you can accomplish (and the amount of soreness your body can feel). If you had told me almost 5 years ago that I would be doing pull-ups and handstand push ups I would have laughed and probably thought that day would never come."