We have so much love for our community, and want to take the chance to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work – if you haven’t met Laura yet (or even if you have), make sure to give her a hello and high five next time you see her at the gym!
Laura recently broke her foot and is unable to bear weight for a minimum of three weeks. She has taken this injury in stride with so much grace that we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight her! CrossFit is all about training for the unexpected and being able to adapt to any obstacle thrown your way – Laura has 100% exemplified that adaptability and openness to new challenges and we are inspired by her work ethic!
Here is a little about Laura’s journey through CrossFit so far:
Like most CrossFitters, I was looking for something more when I started…. more fitness, more competition, more community, just more. As a former collegiate athlete, I needed these things in my life. I tried everything from P90X to half marathons to globo-gyms to spin classes but nothing was sticking. A little over 5 years ago I walked into CrossFit Garage in Woodstock, GA and began my CrossFit journey.
I remember thinking I was pretty fit when I started. My first workout was an ascending ladder of kettlebell swings and burpees…. and it hurt my feelings BIGTIME. The thought that I was fit lasted for about 60 seconds and from the agonizing defeat of that WOD I was hooked and have never looked back!
I am now able to do things that I NEVER thought possible (pull-ups, hand stand push-ups, toes to bar, the list goes on!). Things didn’t happen overnight and I still want to accomplish so much more, but it is so cool to think back about all of the milestones that have happened with hard work and commitment. More importantly, after 3 gyms and 2 moves I have some lifelong friends that I would have never have met without CrossFit. My family is also really into CrossFit…over the years, my mom & dad (who now have their Level I) along with my brother have drank the Kool-Aid gotten super fit and we are one of those families who do WODs on holidays and vacations.
My husband and I recently moved to Grant Park. Before all of our boxes were unpacked, I was on the search for a new gym to call home and that is when I found CrossFit Terminus. The community and programming here are more than I could have ever asked for and I’m grateful to be a part of this community.
Q: Where are you originally from?
Lenox, GA. It’s a small one red-light town in South Georgia between Tifton and Valdosta.
Q: What class do you attend?
Mostly 5:30 PM with an occasional cameo appearance to a morning class.
Q: Do you have a favorite workout or movement? Least favorite?
Favorite workout = ‘DT’ or anything with a barbell
Least Favorite = ‘JT’ or anything with a lot of gymnastics
Q: What’s your favorite hobby, pastime or interest outside of work (other than CrossFit)?
Q: Favorite music to work out to or just listen to in general?
R&B / Hip Hop
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
Right out of college, I tried out for the US Bobsled team. It did not go well.
Q: Favorite Atlanta Restaurant?
Q: Favorite moment at CF Terminus?
Getting my first bar muscle up ☺! I was pretty stoked about that.
Q: How has CrossFit affected your life (inside/outside of the gym)?
I love how CrossFit embraces strong and powerful female athletes. I have always been a little self-conscious of my body and by no means is it perfect (remember my favorite hobby = IPAs), but I’m super proud of what it can do and the strength that I have built. Having a positive body image is one of the greatest gifts CrossFit has given me and it affects my life inside and outside of the gym.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
Show up and just keep showing up! The community is AMAZING. But just like anything in life…things worth having are worth waiting for. It takes time (at least for me) to get comfortable, have a basic understanding of all the movements, and get to know people. Trust me, just keep showing up and putting in the hard work, and you will have both fitness progress and a welcoming group of rad like-minded people.
Laura – we are so glad that you’ve joined our community! We love that you bring a go-getter attitude to life (and the gym) each and every day and your energy is inspiring and contagious.