April 2019: Crystal Sisco

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What is your favorite thing or things to do when you're not at CFS? 

Spend time with my 3 year old daughter and 12 year old son, shop (and well maybe wine and pretzels lol)

What made you want to start CrossFit?

My coworker and I saw an ad for a 6 week challenge ; I was extremely unhappy in my own skin after gaining 75lbs pregnant with my daughter; so my coworker and I decided to give it a shot. 

What motivates you through a tough WOD? 

Basically I just talk my self through it; break it up in my head and chip away at it. Kinda say ok you did this ; you only have this left..Also the coaches yelling to me that I can do this; or come on keep going ... 

What is your favorite motivational quote? 

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill 

What is some advice you'd give to someone new to CrossFit Skunk or just started CrossFit? 

I would just definitely say just keep showing up and keep doing your best because the 15 lbs you lift today could be the 65lbs you lift in a few months and the 20 burpees that took you 10 minutes today could be the 20 burpees that takes you 4 minutes tomorrow Just keep trying because it’s amazing to see the things you are capable of!

What is something you've done at CFS that you never thought you'd do? 

Exercise consistently for a year...lolAnd I did a couple double unders; which I legit never thought I would be able to do ever!

What are your CrossFit goals? 

Right now... abs haha but I would really like to do a strict push up. 

What is your most favorite or least favorite movement?  

My favorite if I had to pick one I guess would pick the clean and jerk ; my least favorite is the overhead squat. I do like bench pressing and dead lifts and the bear complex because it’s cool to see my progress.

What is your biggest accomplishment since starting CrossFit? 

My biggest accomplishment would be quitting smoking; it really killed my chest when I couldn’t breath during workouts; and it’s been 8 months and it feels so good to breath! I also lost ten lbs and 3 pants sizes and it’s nice to feel comfortable in my own skin again and it’s cool to see all my new muscles!

What have you learned since joining CrossFit Skunk?

Since joining I learned that classes aren’t as scary as I thought; everyone is suffering along side of you. I learned that I am capable of more than I give myself credit for.  And I’ve started to really learn to love myself which feels so nice . Also I’ve learned a good new stress management tool; exercise really helps me shake off some of life’s stresses.

And I just wanted to ad a couple things outside of the questions. I want to thank Deb and Kelly for changing my life. I literally was extremely uncomfortable in my own skin and as someone that hates working out; their push and coaching has really helped my on this journey of loving myself again. It means so much to me when I get that reassuring look and nod from you guys when I give you the ‘I can’t do this look’ during a WOD. And I really am just so thankful for all the members I met; new friendships that I have made and the camaraderie between all the members really just makes me so emotional. It feels just like when I went to the fire academy and the guys pushing me through. And being at a fire; scared as hell and having your fire fighter brothers helping you fight the fire and reassure you that you can do this.. it’s something I missed so much being home with my baby ; and even though we are exercising; not fighting fire... we are pushing ourselves to extreme limits so it really means so much to some of us when a member fist pumps you passing by on a run or says ‘good job’ after a crazy WOD or even just noticed how you pushed yourself to do something hard and someone says ‘wow that was amazing!’ Or notices your body changes and compliments you.. I always thought Crossfit was insane and even said years ago how these people are killing their bodies but now I see Crossfit in such a new light and I’m appreciative of the physical and mental changes it has brought to my life.

Debra Chase