Crossfit Hampton Roads April Athlete of the Month

Amy Peterson – April’s Athlete of the Month

How did you start Crossfitting? Has your motivation changed from when you first started?

For years I have wanted to join Crossfit, but the time and place never seemed right.  We are a military family and we have moved often (5 times in the last 6 years).  For my last birthday I told my husband I wanted to join Crossfit as my birthday gift. My motivation has intensified since joining.  I started 6 months ago very out of shape; coming off the last few years of injuries (hip surgery, ankle dislocation, ankle surgery, herniated disc) with the goal of going to at least 2 classes a week and just complete the workouts injury free. Now my motivation is to be able to (someday) RX everything. 

What do you enjoy most about Crossfit?

Some workouts are brutal and frustrating but on the same note also empowering.  I love the challenge and unlike a lot of other high intensity workouts, there is so much technique and strategy involved. 

What have you learned since joining CFHR?

I have learned to be patient.  Every workout, even the fails, are making me stronger and building me up for the next workout.  I have also learned to really focus on technique and to use momentum and gravity to my advantage.

What’s your proudest Crossfit moment? 

Hmmm, three way tie right now; toes to bar, kipping pull-ups and rope climbs. When I started six months ago, they all seemed impossible, but here I am!

What goal are you currently working towards?

I have a whole excel sheet! Short term: Consistent double under, 20 reps unbroken; kipping pull-ups 10 reps unbroken.  Long term: at the 1 year mark be able to RX 75% of the workouts.

What’s your favorite lift, movement or workout?

Probably wall walks, or burpees.  Wall walks, because I’ve been walking on my hands since I was a child, and burpees because I am very good at throwing my body on the ground and getting back up. :). I also seem to be strong at bench press.

When you’re not crossfitting, what do you like to do?

Read, yard work or anything outdoors, play any sport, bike rides, board games, go thrifting.

What impact has Crossfit had on you outside the gym?

Huge impact. My husband and I decided to focus 2022 on health and nutrition so we have cut out alcohol, gluten and dairy.  We splurge every now and then but it has been a game changer for us. My mobility and flexibility have improved so much.  My core is stronger and I have far less daily back pain.  I have more energy and I just feel better. For me, Crossfit was that catalyst for change on a greater scale.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer to a new Crossfitter?

Be patient and show up.  It’s hard and challenging but listen to the coaches, focus on proper technique and don’t quit. 🙂 

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