For Time: 10 Rounds
4 Strict Muscle-ups
7 Strict Handstand Push-ups
12 Kettlebell Snatches 70/53
*20 minute time cap
November Athlete of the Month: Casey Bennett
Casey has been crushing it over the past few months, dedicating extra time to working out before and after class, as well as being very disciplined to her nutrition. She has come such a long way in a short period of time and we are excited to see what she does next! Below is Casey’s story:
When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started CrossFit in September 2015, right at the beginning of my senior year of college. Some of my extended family members had started CrossFit a few years prior and begged me to try it out. After a few years of dilly-dallying through college life, at my unhealthiest, and consequently, my unhappiest, I finally decided it was time to give my body the care it deserved. I’ve been obsessed since that first on-ramp class.
What is you favorite movement?
My favorite movement is a Clean. Power cleans are my jam, I’ll chill out above parallel all day. I’m relentlessly working on my ankle mobility so I will love squat cleans just as much some day! I also really enjoy bar muscle ups because they let me relive my glory days as a tiny gymnast.
What is your least favorite movement?
Running. After doing it more and more, I’ve learned to dislike it less. However, it still sits comfortably at the bottom of my list.
Tell us a little about your life outside the gym (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc)
When I’m not at the gym, I’m probably eating. I also work as a teacher at the Extended Day Program at an elementary school in Ashland, which constantly reminds me how important it is to be a good, healthy role model for the little ones. I spend a lot of my free time cooking and playing outside (yes, I still play, as should you), and over the summer I work as a camp counselor up in the beautiful Vermont woods. I also want to start reading more, so if you have any good books you’d like to lend me, you know where to find me.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
I was a gymnast at a very young age, and I played sports growing up, so I’ve always been relatively active and competitive. Before CrossFit, I was an avid gym-goer without any sense of direction. I went to the Recreation Center at UMass most days a week, but I felt really limited to the cardio machines because I was not confident in my form or abilities when it came to the weights in the gym.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit and how have you achieved those goals?
When joining CrossFit, I wanted to lose weight and get stronger physically. I credit a lot of what I’ve been able to achieve to the guidance and support from the incredible coaches I’ve gotten to work with. I get to the gym whenever I can, I’ve learned to dial in on my nutrition, and I’m learning how to give my body the proper rest. You get out what you put in. I didn’t realize that, along with physical strength, I would be gaining mental strength and toughness I never thought I was capable of having. Even on “bad days” at the gym, I never allow myself to leave the box with a feeling of defeat.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
CrossFit has affected almost every aspect of my life. I am making healthier, more thoughtful decisions when it comes to the food I eat, the sleep I get, and the ways I spend my free time. The positivity and motivation I am surrounded with at the box is so empowering and that positive mindset sticks with me throughout the day. I learn something new about myself every single day and have learned it takes some serious heart and persistence to achieve your goals.
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or thinking about giving it a shot?
Do it. Take a risk. The beauty of the journey that CrossFit sends you on is the process itself. The difficulties you will encounter will be frustrating, but they will make your achievements that much more satisfying. You owe it to yourself to live the healthiest life you possibly can. Plus, you’ll feel like a total boss.