July 2019 Athlete of the Month: Brit Henderson
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 Brit yet (or even if you have), make sure to say hello and smile 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’ve been doing CrossFit for just over 4 months. As far as physical changes, I’ve definitely noticed that my physique is becoming more muscular, my endurance has improved, and I’m getting stronger and faster. Before joining Terminus, I’d never been athletic or even physically active, but that has completely changed. Now I LOVE working out and being active. I have a hard time sitting still at work nowadays. Mentally, I’m learning to ignore that little voice that’s always giving me reasons why I probably shouldn’t do something or why I should just quit. I’m learning to take more risks and to make more commitments to myself.
Q: How has CrossFit helped you outside the gym?
CrossFit has changed my life in so many ways. Seriously. Since Day 1, my amazing coaches and classmates here have been pushing me to step way outside of my comfort zone, and that’s translated into other areas of my life. It’s given me the confidence and motivation to do scary or uncomfortable things like take swimming lessons, ending unhealthy relationships, and giving more presentations at work.
Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
I’m really inspired by my classmates, veterans and beginners alike, who come in and challenge themselves day after day, week after week. Sometimes they do amazing feats of physical prowess, and I’m awed. Sometimes they fail, and in those moments, their courage and strength really shine.
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I work from home, which definitely has its perks (e.g. lots of stretch breaks) but can also be really isolating, so I’m extra grateful for having such an amazing community at Terminus. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many interesting people, and I hope to get to know you all even more.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
Just try it! You have basically nothing to lose and soooo much to gain. Sure, the thought of taking that first class might seem a little intimidating, but there will be a whole community of people cheering you on, and you WILL get through it and feel good for having done it.
Q: What are your top 3 memories in CrossFit?
hmmm, I’d have to say my first box jump was pretty big. I remember staring at that big foam box wondering how bad it was going to hurt when I wiped out. The next thing I knew, Coach Patrick said “jump,” and I was standing on top of it, fully intact.
Carrying a barbell through a thunderstorm (and surviving) was also pretty memorable. And who can forget their first Murph!
Q: What’s your proudest accomplishment?
I have to go with the 10K run this year. Before joining Terminus, I was allergic to running. I had never even run a mile before. I didn’t realize how enjoyable such a simple exercise can be when you’re doing it with the right people.
Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term CrossFit goals?
In the short term, I have a TON to work on. I want to become proficient at all of the different skills and movements and also work on my (utter lack of) mobility and flexibility. In the long term, I’d like to compete with a team and/or individually in some local competitions (and maybe even beyond).