February 2020 AOTM: Adrianna Baggetta
We have so much love for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work. Adrianna brings an infectious focus and intensity to every class she attends. Get to know Adrianna here, and make sure you say hello and fist bump her next time you’re at the gym!
Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit? What changes have you seen in yourself (physically or mentally) since beginning CrossFit?
I have been doing CrossFit for about fifteen months and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! I think CrossFit has helped me in all areas of my physical and mental health and I continue to be excited about where it will continue to take me.
Q: How has CrossFit helped you outside the gym?
CrossFit has 100% helped me become a better coach. Not only working to understand more functional movements and individual physical limitations but to remember what it is like to put yourself in a vulnerable situation and what the fear of failure or comparison does to your mental state. I have learned to take a step back and maybe be a bit more empathetic. On the flip side, because of all the Terminus members accomplish, I am probably more demanding on my players in the physical arena and how far you can really go if you push yourself!
Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
Every single person that walks through the Terminus doors, coaches included, all inspire me. From the young ones who are working to compete on the national stage to brand new members of all backgrounds that are working to take care of themselves and looking for growth!
I do have to single out Mariam though- her will and drive are so genuine and always with a smile. She’s amazing.
Also watching Arielle and Pip continue to grind and be so open to growth is really special to watch! Oh yeah and Sonya just working, pounding the stone and determined!
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I was a softball player at the University of South Carolina. I am the head softball coach at Emory University and our team was Runner Up In the NCAA Div. III Championship’s this past season.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
The hardest step is the first one! Do your research on the places you may potentially become a member of, they aren’t all the same. Make sure you find one that is there for your best interest and wants you to do things the right way! No doubt in Atlanta that is Terminus!
Q: What are your top 3 memories in CrossFit?
Hmmmm…. this is tough! My first one was probably the embarrassment of the graduation line that used to take place.Hoy that almost made me not come back second probably is shortly after graduation there was a partner workout and I somehow got paired with Emily, very high anxiety moment for me. I believe there was a lot of rowing, burpees and maybe air squats, I don’t think to this day I have rowed as fast as I did that day! Maybe it was the Games Athlete title that gave me anxiety and the possibility of her getting a terrible time because of me out but Emily was as helpful and supportive as a partner as she is a coach. I was so fortunate to get that opportunity. As for my third I’m not sure I can come up with just one because every time someone completes something they didn’t think they could or does better than they expected is a memory for me.
Q: What’s your proudest accomplishment?
This is a difficult question is this in life or CrossFit? CrossFit I’m not sure I have hit that yet, I’m pretty average and I have so much to improve upon. In life watching the young women I get the opportunity to coach succeed on the field and in the classroom and continuing to be great humans and succeed! Most recently the experience for the young women to play for a National Championship watching them believe in themselves and be their best for each other in such a short period of time was really special.
Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term CrossFit goals?
My mission in life is to keep a growth mindset, never be content, to get stronger, fitter and better! Improve my lifting techniques, my endurance, jump rope, my mobility, gymnastics and continue to grow mentally with being uncomfortable and build more relationships within the Terminus community! Good is not good enough!