Determination. It's the kind of thing that enables you to pull through situations you didn't think you could. When doubt or insecurities start to creep into your mind, it's what helps you overcome them. Commitment. It's what it takes to become the best you possibly can. When you don't want to get out of bed, but know you'll regret missing a workout, because of the fear that you'll REgress instead of PROgress. There are definitely other factors that come into play when you are trying to acheive goals or seek self improvement, whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc. However, these two qualities are some of the most important. One athlete in particular has exuded these qualities and has seen so much improvement because of her determination to be better and her commitment to seeking those results, we wanted to recognize her as our December 2016 Athlete of the Month! Her name is Laurie Baumann, and she has only been a part of the Milestone Family for 5 short months, but in that time she has cleaned up her technique, become much stronger, and has even competed in several CrossFit competitions including our very own 6th Triple Threat Throwdown! Although her journey at Milestone is just beginning we are very excited to see her continue to grow as a CrossFit athlete! Congratulations Laurie, keep up the great, hard work!
How old are you? I'm 34
How long have you been crossfitting? July 1---five months
What has become your favorite CrossFit movement? Since I recently learned how to do one, pull-ups are my current favorite move. They had been a personal milestone for me when I started. I did my very first pull up on Columbus Day.
Least favorite movement? Wall balls....f*cking wall balls
What would your perfect WOD look like?
800 m run Buy In
Power Cleans (95/65)
Power Snatches (95/65)
*400 m run between each set
*One wall ball buy out After WOD
Skill building: Handstand push-ups
What is one thing you've done in CrossFit that you never thought you could do? Weightlifting in general is something I never dreamed I'd do, much less love and be addicted to. I'd previously ran, played tennis, and did individual fitness routines like P90X. So lifting bars, pushing myself in timed situations, and exercising in a group were all things I'd never really thought I'd love until I found Milestone Crossfit.
What motivates you during a WOD? My strongest motivation during a WOD is an internal need to try to do a move correctly and do it better than the last time I did it. I hate being stagnant and not seeing improvement however big or small. It's a huge motivation having people around me. I love when people positively reinforce me by cheering me on, tell me if I'm doing it correctly, and help me by throwing out tips on how to improve my form. When all other motivations fail....cussing like a sailor sometimes helps me finish out a move.
What is a goal you have set for the next 6 months?
In the next six months I want to improve my technique and strength overall. Specifically, I'd love to learn how to do double unders, hand stand push ups, and stay on a healthy nutritional path.