MEMBER OF THE MONTH – MAY 2019
This month we’re getting to know Martha, who has been at UpReach Crossfit for about a year now. We chose Martha this month because we’ve seen her grow surer of herself and we love her enthusiasm as she relentlessly pursues to make herself better. Get to know about Martha by reading her interview below!
WHAT LED YOU TO TRY OUT CROSSFIT?
I married into it! John had been doing this for years before we met. I had never done CrossFit, but I had been working out at home doing similar things, like a lot of burpees and body weight movements. I joke that John married for CrossFit potential.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT UPREACH?
The community. I love how people know each other’s names and cheer each other on. I like Rachael’s dancing, Lee’s rope climbs in his boots, and when Eva brings her baby and Justin holds him while coaching.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHANGE THAT YOU HAVE SEEN SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT?
I feel a lot more confident about lifting heavy stuff now (both at the gym and at home). And for the first time in my life, I feel 100% comfortable in my body. I used to be insecure about my arms and belly flab, but now I like how both of those areas are toned.
NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOUR TIME ABROAD. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT AZERBAIJAN? HOW LONG DID YOU LIVE THERE? WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW ABOUT THE CULTURE?
I lived in Azerbaijan for 8 years. I love the culture of extreme hospitality there, and how people prioritize relationships over tasks. If you show up at a house, they will drop everything to serve you tea and hang out. And the food is amazing– they make pretty much everything from scratch so it’s super fresh, and they know how to appreciate good meat and butter. That’s a big reason I started working out in the first place!
Martha, thanks for the interview! We’re looking forward to the next chosen member in June.