November's Athlete of the Month - Michelle Williams

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Michelle Williams - November's Athlete of the Month!

Q: How long have you been training in CrossFit and did you exercise prior to joining JSACF?

A:  Before JSA, I did CrossFit for about 10 months at another box and stopped about 2 months before I had Clover.  Kyle and I started JSA when Clover was just 7 months old, so we have been here for a little over 2 years.

Q: What changes have you made to make your life healthier since starting CrossFit?  

A: I have definitely been more aware of proper nutrition. I used to have the mentality of eating whatever I want because I work out. Once I started eating a little healthier, I realized I had to eat way more to keep up with what my body was burning.  Healthy food is great fuel for what we put our body through.

Q: Tell us about what you do outside of the box! 

A: Outside of the gym, I am a full time hair stylist at Le Palais Hair Lounge in Brielle. I have been there for 9 1/2 years and love every minute of it. I am also kept very busy with every day life of a 3 year old, Clover, and my wonderful husband Coach Kyle.

Q: Since you have been at JSACF, we have witnessed your growth as an athlete.  Brag a little. 

A: Being here with the wonderful team and coaching staff, I have definitely improved not only my movements and strength, but also my attitude towards trying and failing. Joining the comp team this year has also helped me grow as a stronger athlete and teammate.

Q: If you could listen to one song on repeat in the gym, what would it be? 

A: Song choice is dependent on what we are doing. For a shorter more cardio intense workout, something fun and club like. For a 1 RM or heavy day, heavy music.

Q: What is a goal you have set for yourself in the next 6 months? The next year? 

A: In the next 6 months I would love to start RX the majority of the workouts. The Open is right around the corner and I would love to do as well as I can for them. In the next year I would hope to actually finish the workouts I try to do RX. And a bar/ring muscle up wouldn't be so bad. Haha.

Q: If there was a WOD named after you, what would it consist of? 

A: A WOD named after me would have cleans, kettle bell swings, and squats.

Q: Do you have any favorite moments in the gym that you’d like to tell us about?

A: Hitting a PR is always a good day, but my favorite/most memorable day was actually one of my worst days. I was so stressed out at home and having a terrible "mom moment" and was visibly upset. Two fellow moms, you know who you are, helped me out tremendously just by talking with me and sharing their moments with me. What people don't understand is that we are family here, sharing good and bad moments, all supporting each other.

Q: What advice would you give to a new person starting CrossFit? 

A: For anyone starting out, there isn't anything you can't do. Make it work for you, don't get upset with yourself, do the best you can. There is always room to grow and everyone here is supporting you.

Q: Please share a quote that strikes you as important in your life. 

A: "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward" - Martin Luther King Jr.