Photos by Dustin Nevill
We are so proud of all of our athletes and their commitment to reaching goals and optimal health at Razorback CrossFit and CrossFit Foxcroft. Determination and hard work is displayed when our athletes become healthier, stronger, quicker, and improve their overall fitness. This incredible group of athletes in our CrossFit family is devoted to helping each other and themselves become better every 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 our April installment of our Member Spotlight, we introduce Sara Hendricks Batcheller. Sara started CrossFit 6 or 7 years ago. She was going to the LRAC Physical Therapist and she told her that her core was weak and that she needed to go to CrossFit. "So I did. I still can’t believe I did because it is so out of my comfort zone. I have never been very athletic. Always B-Team. But I loved it. And still do."
Do you remember what your first CrossFit workout was?
"My first CrossFit workout involved Turkish Get-ups. That’s all I remember. I spent the entire class staring at the kettlebell looming over my head thinking that at any moment I was about to crush my face in."
What do you like most about CrossFit?
"It’s always different. I don’t get bored. That is my problem with exercise. I get bored. But every CrossFit class is different and always doable. Even if the class involves something that I cannot do, the coaches come up with a good workout that involves moves I can do. I also love that I have a coach helping me along the way. If I was to go out on my own and start slinging weights around, I know it would not be good. But in CF you have great coaching. It’s comforting and empowering because the coaches will also push you out of your comfort zone if they think you are ready. I love the people in my class. It’s amazing that you can bond so much over burpees and pull-ups, but you do!"
What is your favorite exercise or workout?
"Pull-ups. I am working on kipping pull-ups right now. I am unbelievably sore afterwards (which makes me feel like I got a lot accomplished). You can really see your progress because you start with a thick band for help, then move to a thinner band as you get better at the pull-ups."
What changes have you noticed since you’ve started CrossFit?
"I am stronger. When I am able to go consistently, my body looks toned and strong. I feel better because I think about exercise, food, and sleep more regularly. I am also calmer and more relaxed throughout the day."
What goals have you accomplished and what are your next goals you are working towards?
"My next goal is to be able to do pull-ups without a band! Honestly, my most recent goal was to start attending classes regularly again. Baby #3 caused a glitch in my workouts, but I have started attending regularly again and am so happy to be back."
How has CrossFit helped you in your everyday life?
"I think I am just better at life when I feel strong and healthy. I am in a better mood and am more patient with my kids. I hurt my back (carrying baby incorrectly) so being more aware of my body and how I am lifting things and carrying myself has helped heal my back."
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit, or someone who is thinking about joining?
"At first, it is likely going to be awful. A lot of the moves are awkward and take a lot of practice. Other people will be at a higher level than you and you have to be ok with starting slow and building up. But everyone starts out that way! And everyone I have met is so gracious when new people are starting out. Because we have all been new. But then you will start getting the moves and adding weight and it’s so much fun. I still can’t believe I like it as much as I do. You always get to be at your own place in CrossFit. Wherever you are at that moment is just fine…you start going from there."