The member of the month for August is, Rachael! Rachael has been a member for almost a year now and the hard work shows! Shortly after joining, Rachael signed up for the CrossFit Open not quite knowing what to expect. I think she surprised herself, and the rest of us, as she did some of the workouts as Rx! Rachael is always humble but constantly pushing herself towards that next goal. Keep an eye out for her in the evening classes!
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Occupation: Software Developer
In general, what is your athletic background?
I played some volleyball and tennis during high school but never anything beyond JV. I also began weight lifting in high school and started to invest serious time into it while I was in college. I became a trainer for my college's gym and had a ton of fun with it!
How did you learn about Emerald City CrossFit (ECCF) ?
Moved back to the neighborhood and found it while walking around the area.
How has ECCF changed your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness?
ECCF brings a whole new dimension to my Seattle community and continuously pushes me to work harder. ECCF has also taught me new lifts and helped me get past my training plateau.
List short/long term goals you would like to accomplish through ECCF:
Short term: Get better at pull ups, a strict chin up, and DUs
Long term: Be able to back squat my body weight easily
What do you like most about ECCF?
The atmosphere! The people and the coaches truly make a unique and wonderful environment. I always leave happier than when I walked into the gym.
What is your favorite CrossFit movement? Squat cleans or handstand push ups
What is your least favorite CrossFit movement? wall balls = death
Favorite WOD: Anything with over bar burpees or squat cleans
What are you currently doing to try to improve your nutrition? Been loosely tracking my macros and cooking mostly vegetarian at home.
Favorite movie: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Favorite and/or current book: Current book is Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Favorite music genre/artist: Right now a lot of Lizzo and Bob Moses
What do you like to do outside the gym? Hiking, backpacking, really anything I can do with my dog/friends, soul night at Lo-Fi, and re-watching The Office.
In 10 words or less, what does CrossFit mean to you? A time to destress, work hard, and push myself.