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February 2018: Erin Glenski

Febrarys Athlete of the Month is Erin Glenski. Not just because as soon as you meet her you think to yourself "This chic is pretty cool!", but mostly because she is a hard worker and perseveres through every CrossFit hurdle that she is met with. From doing WODs at work, to her diligence in working on her double unders at the school that she works at, to her consistency at the box and her recent venture into competition class training which is providing her with some satisfying major gains. She is not only some of the glue that binds the 5:30am class with her smile and cheery disposition at the butt crack of dawn, she is the type of person that we are proud to have represent MCF! 

 

•When did you start doing CrossFit?

I started doing CrossFit when I moved here in August of 2016.

 

•Favorite WOD?

Anything that is rounds for time or AMRAP that gets your heart racing--burpees, box jumps, runs, etc! I have a love/hate relationship with those types of WODs!

 

•Least Favorite WOD?

One that has thrusters! •What were you doing before CrossFit? I was an avid 24 Hour Fitness gym goer, doing cardio and basic weight lifting.

 

•What were your thoughts after your 1st CrossFit workout?

I really enjoyed it! I thought, "Wow that was fun! And wasn't as bad as everyone said it would be!"

 

•What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

My goals were to be able to do a kipping pull-up, do a rope climb and be able to do hand stand push-ups.

 

•Have you achieved any of those goals?

Yes! I have achieved all of those goals and more!

 

•Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?

Yes! I now have a large, supportive crossfit family, with many of the gym members becoming close friends. Crossfit has also helped me to increase my discipline and persistence in other areas of my life outside of the gym.

 

•What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?

I have achieved so many firsts and PRs since joining the gym. I think a few of them are overhead squatting 135 pounds, doing WODs with 45+ pull-ups unbanded, and doing 10+ rope climbs in one WOD!

 

•Do you have any special memories/ achievements during your time here? 

I have many great memories at the gym. I have done two competitions since joining the gym, both of which were very memorable. This gym is like my second family. From the coaches to the members, when you hear someone encouraging you or acknowledging your efforts, it just makes you feel good. I look forward to coming to workout for this reason! I have gone from not being able to do any kipping pull-ups or snatches or handstand push-ups or double unders, to being able to do them all now! Without the support of this gym pushing and nagging and telling me I could do those things, I never would have been able to.

 

•IMUA means to move forward. Tell us about a time that our battle cry IMUA has been applicable in your fitness life.

In the Gobbler Gauntlet competition in November of last year, this battle cry could not have been any truer. I was rowing for calories after having done my 2 rep max on overhead squats, and I was dying. I felt like I could not go on, but Cyra was there and even though I told her I couldn't row anymore, she said I could. This is where that battle cry of moving forward kicked, and I just continued. I'm not sure how I did it, but I knew that I had to carry on.

 

•What advice would you give to a newbie just joining McMinnville CrossFit? You have to just keep coming back. You will be sore, you will be lost, you won't understand the terms, you will feel like you have to modify everything but, you have to keep coming. Everyone has felt the way you are feeling right now, and it will pass. We have all been there and done that, and we will help you through.

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