CrossFit Hampton Roads March Athlete of the Month

Meca Brown – March Athlete of the Month

How long have you been doing CrossFit? 

I have been doing CrossFit for a little over 4 years.  I took my first takeoff classes in 2012 and then again in 2018.  I did not attend much beyond the takeoff due to my lack of dedication and anxiety over what I felt I could do.  It wasn’t until January 2019 when I made the commitment to myself and have been consistent.  

How long have you been at CFHR?

I have been at CFHR for 4 years and a couple of months. My entire introduction and takeoff experience was at CFHR, too.

How did you start Crossfitting?

I was introduced to it from my Sister-In-Law, Crystal.  I gave it a chance and it seems the 3rd time’s the charm. Thanks, sis!

What makes you stay …  For CrossFit? At CFHR?

I continue to do CrossFit because:

  • It is my Self-Care
  • It is my Stress Reliever
  • I have seen the Results (i.e., stronger, physique changes) and want to persevere with enhancing my Health & Wellness

I stay at CFHR because:

  • Community – full of encouragement and accountability
  • Coaches who focus on demonstrating and ensuring the athletes are practicing appropriate form when executing movements in order to be safe and to be strong.
  • Everyone is great and the atmosphere is uplifting.

Has your motivation changed from when you first started?

Oh yes!  In 2022, I began setting goals on the movements I wanted to improve in CrossFit. I am doing the same this year. When I originally started, the goal was to show up and complete the group WOD. Now, I utilize both the group WOD and open gym to focus on my weaknesses and mobility.

What do you enjoy most about Crossfit?

I enjoy how CrossFit pushes me out of my comfort zone. I rarely ever lifted weights or ran until I started CrossFit.  I enjoy weightlifting with cardio, especially since I am trying to improve my endurance.

What’s your proudest Crossfit moment?

My proudest CrossFit moment was when I confidently performed double-unders and box jumps with a 20-inch box.

What impact has Crossfit had on you outside the gym?

Though it is not always easy,  I try to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Growth comes from change and how I respond to it – which is the one thing I can control. I find this perspective applies to CrossFit and my life as a whole.

What goal are you currently working towards?  Personal and/or CrossFit.

My current goal is to increase my upper body strength to further progress with the scales I use for pull ups, pushups, and hanging knee raises (leg raises here I come).

What’s your favorite lift, movement or workout?

Favorite Lift and Movement: Power Cleans and Double Unders

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

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, reading, listening to music, and getting things done so I can mark it off my list of “Things to Do.”

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

Scaling is not a bad thing, so do not feel bad to scale because you will reach Rx.  Mobility is just as important as working out as it helps you to keep your range of motion, improve flexibility, and recover.

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