Athlete of the Month
Justine Brown aka “Bad A$$”
1. FOR HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CROSSFITTING:
I started Crossfit briefly over two years ago; Due to a difficult pregnancy, I had stopped. I began going to Crossfit Breed a year ago but have been really consistent the last seven months
2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WOD OR MOVEMENT AND WHY
I really like to do Clean and Jerks. Whenever they are a part of the daily workout, I get super pumped. I like this movement because it makes me feel like a bad a$$ and I feel like I do it well.
3. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE WOD OR MOVEMENT AND WHY
I hate running. It takes me longer to recover from running around the block then it does after a WOD. I hate it because it makes my body hurt and reduces me to tears. Oh and wall balls. They are awful, and really good at making me feel like a puddle on the floor.
4. HOW DID YOU GET INTO CROSSFIT
I got into Crossfit about 2.5 years ago, I was intrigued by the community aspect, and how there were just as many ladies as men working their butts off. Once I did my first workout, I was hooked. I had never challenged myself to that level.
5. WHAT FITNESS PROGRAM WERE YOU DOING BEFORE CROSSFIT AND HOW DO THEY DIFFER
I literally never worked out till my late 20’s. I dabbled in DVD workouts, and never felt that same drive as I do when I workout with other people. I would go to a box gym and mess around with an elliptical and free weights. I was familiar with squats and deadlifting before Crossfit but I never felt excited about doing them. (I probably was not even doing them properly). Crossfit does more than give you a workout- It teaches you about your body and how it works.
6. HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED SINCE JOINING CF BREED
I have begun really challenging myself since joining CF Breed. I have taken risks and changed my perspective on things. When I get up at 5am, or get my butt at the box after a long day at work so I can get a workout in, I am investing in myself, in my overall health and that is not something I prioritized before. I allowed myself the opportunity to join in nutrition challenges, workout competitions, (Woohoo! Yum Delicious Gangstars!). I come in on my own to work on my squats (I am getting better!). Being strong and healthy is important to me, especially since my son Quinn was born. I know when I work hard and set goals, it makes me a better mother and a better partner to my husband Scott. I am proud of the example I am setting for Quinn.
At CF breed, I really learned that despite what I may think…. I can do it!
Oh…. And I got stronger!!!!
8. WHY DO YOU LIKE TRAINING AT CROSSFIT BREED
Well…… I do like the cheering as people walk through the door! There is something magical that happens when people shout your name as you come in. I love CF Breed because I feel myself growing there. I am surrounded by people who are striving to be the best versions of themselves, inside and outside of the gym. I am supported in my goals, I am challenged by coaches and other members, I feel that CF Breed is the most supportive atmosphere I have ever worked out in.
9. DO YOU PLAY ANY SPORTS? WHICH?
Air hockey and claw machines. That is the extent of my regular sports activity. I played softball and basketball when I was younger. I am really great at chasing my 15 month old son Quinn around, and I am going to count that as a sport. #chasing toddlers
10. WHAT ARE YOUR FITNESS GOALS FOR 2016?
I want to do a perfect pushup and I want to solidly squat 1X my body weight. Be more Bad A$$! I would also like to perfect the “squirmy toddler carry” while going up a flight of stairs.