November Athlete of the Month – Crystal Bragg

November Athlete of the Month – Crystal Bragg

1. What brought you to CrossFit?
I was talked into doing CrossFit officially by Erich! But he didn’t single-handedly get me in the door. I had always been around the community of CrossFit LT and for the longest time refused to join. It was the persistent of a lot of the older members that finally got me to try out a membership. It was Erich that built my confidence and courage up to walk in the door and do my first wod and keep me coming back for more and more!

2. What was your first impression?
CrossFit was scary ! I remember the first few times I tried to go to class I would sit in my car and try to come up with every excuse in the book to drive right out of the parking lot. I remember seeing strong women that were throwing weights around like it was nothing and I had yet to even touch a barbell. The intimidation wore off after my first few classes and I developed such great friendships, but at first it was scary!

3. How has that changed?
Well clearly I have done a 180 from the scared girl that used to sit in her car ready to drive away at the best excuse I could come up with! Now I look forward to seeing the wod everyday and seeing what new ways I am going to get to push my body and of course I love being able to see all my LT family!

4. What was your first “Bright Spot”?
I don’t think I could pin point one bright spot because they keep happening. Some of my favorite moments are/were:
– always working out with Kirstie! She is my rabbit ! I hope one day I can be as strong as her.
– Jen helping me get my first pull up as she judged me in my first opens.
– having Erich as my partner in wods on Saturday’s. We push each-other so much!
– getting to see new members learn new things ! I remember what it was like starting out and nothing makes me happier than seeing people achieve their goals.
– and lastly, being around all the members everyday! I wish I got to attend more of a variety of classes but i love all the athletes at the gym! And getting to know everyone is amazing!

5. What are you working on now?
What am I not working on right now! In general my CrossFit goals are to keep building weights on my bar and gymnastics!

6. What’s your favorite CFLT memory?
I kinda combined with bright spots see above.

October Athlete of the Month – Alexandra (Alex) Ornelas

October Athlete of the Month – Alexandra (Alex) Ornelas

1.    What brought you to CrossFit? 

This is going to sound crazy but it’s true, I started my very first CrossFit workout at the Spring 2019 Open. My husband and I were invited to join Team Blue (Coming in Hot) and we were there every Friday during the open! It was so much fun and I loved how supportive everyone was so I decided to join CrossFit full time after!  

2.    What was your first impression?

My first impression of CrossFit prior to coming to CFLT was that it was easy to get injured from stories I had heard. Also, I pictured there would be a bunch of gym rats and it would be intimidating to be a beginner. I was happy to find to find out I was wrong in both instances.

3.    How has that changed?

I have learned from all the wonderful coaches that safety and form come first, then pushing yourself to new PRs. I have always felt supported by everyone at the gym and have watched everyone be cheered on at all levels of fitness. This is a true family.

4.    What was your first “Bright Spot”?

My first Bright Spot was when I was able to do my first kipping pull up. It took me forever to get the swing down, but when I got it, it felt great! Garrett is a great coach and definitely helped me get there.

5.    What are you working on now?

My goals have really changed in the past couple weeks after my husband and I found out we are pregnant!  We are about 7 weeks along. This is super exciting news for us and I am so happy I joined CrossFit prior to baby. I am eager to continue to work out during pregnancy and maintaining my current fitness level.

6.    What’s your favorite CFLT memory?

My favorite CFLT memory was the MURPH. It was an honor to be able to work out that day and celebrate all those who have served. The workout was challenging but it was a lot of fun to complete along with all the other supportive CFLT members. I love the sense of community at our gym!  

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