January 2021 AOTM: Melana Lex
We have so much love for our community, and love to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work and perseverance. Melana is a core member of our 7:30pm class. Get to know Melana here, and make sure you say hello to 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?
Crazy to believe that Feb 2021 will make 12 months (- quarantine break)…Since joining the most notable change has been the sense of friendship that has developed with the new class format. Physically, I’m finally starting to lose my Beyonce kneecaps, while slighty getting bootylicious, haha.
Q: How has CrossFit helped you outside the gym?
CrossFit has helped continue to take the limits off of myself mentally and physically; whether due to age, postpartum, weather-based aches or new parent fatigue. Terminus in particular has also reinforced the importance and influence of those who share like values, “iron sharpens iron.”
Q: Who inspires you at the gym, and how do they inspire you?
Oh man inspiration…all my fellow 7:30pm athletes, many are new but we are about this CrossFit life! Patrick and Trent can always be counted on to help me “get my life” with a daggone pull-up or bur-pay (insert eye roll). Marcie “Shero” and Sam welcomed me with their smiles and couple’s goals from day one and they are my low key motivation. Jacquawn is now my official CrossFit Battle Buddy, always pushing, positive and looking to take it to the next level.
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
Hmmm….no secret talents, but I’ve teleworked since Nov 2019, so seeing my fellow athletes each week has been a tremendous blessing as a stress relief and social interlude to my often solitary but hectic work week.
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
EVERY athlete in the gym had a first day. Commit to showing up each week and you will be surprised at how much you progress in the months to come. Join the 730 class for inspiration 😉
Q: What are your top 3 memories in CrossFit?
*Run Against Racism 5K/10K – this campaign confirmed for me that I was in the right place to grow and build friendships
*The first time I ran 400m under 1:50 sec. (It only happened once, but it happened LOL)
*The first time I was able to reach 90% of a leg tuck (new Army requirement). This is huge, when I started, I had zero, 0, ZE-RO hang time or grip strength.
Q: What’s your proudest accomplishment?
Making it to class on time 🙂
Q: Moving forward, do you have any short term or long term CrossFit goals?
Short-term: 3 leg tucks (commitment to my Battle Buddy)
Long Term: Be able to keep up with Marcie