August Member of the Month

Congratulations to our August Member of the Month, Camille Giersch!  

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I had heard about CrossFit long before I tried it…some crazy workout routine for only the most fit people, almost as If “they” belonged to a cult. It was only after I started working with Amanda (Mandy) McGreer, did I get “up close and personal” with someone who actually did it and talked about it.

Anyone who knows me, understands that I can be a negative person. Don’t laugh, but I’m working on that, and CrossFit has helped. One example of my negativity had to do with my weight and my body. The one thing that I love most about Mandy is that she tells it like it is. She told me to stop complaining and being unhappy, and start working out with her…I declined the first few invitations until I got fed up with my whining and decided to give it a try, and “drink the Koolaid.”

I’ll never forget my first workout. Monty was the trainer that day. Thank God! He was so patient and kind, and complimentary. He told me that I was “strong”, and that “I could do it!” I also remember doing wallballs, rowing, and power cleans. It was the hardest workout of my life, and boy was I sore. I continued working out, not only because of Mandy’s encouragement, but because I got the help I needed to find some success.

When people say that they can’t do CrossFit, I tell them my story. I am a 55-year-old, overweight, woman with bad knees. If I can do it, anyone can. People need to understand that there is no shame in scaling to meet fitness levels. When I first started I couldn’t jump rope, couldn’t row, couldn’t lift the barbell. Now, even though I scale, I can put some weight on the barbell, jump rope, and even run on occasion.

My favorite part of CrossFit is the people I workout with, particularly Lesley, who joins me at the 5 a.m. class. I like any workout where the goal is to move as fast as possible, and with a variety of moves with rest in between. My least favorite workouts involve the rig, or squats with the barbell.

I would highly recommend giving CrossFit a try!

Tell us about yourself:

I am a teacher at Colby Middle School. I teach Social Studies, Language Arts and help in the library. I am married to Chris, and we will be celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary this summer.  We have three children.  Allison, who is a teacher and will be starting a new job in Goodland (where they live) as a Kindergarten teacher.  She is married to Erik is a police officer.  They have one child, Madison, who is three and will begin preschool in the fall.  Our son Adam, works at Citizens Medical Center as a radiologic technician (X-Ray), and is taking some online classes.  Anna, our third child, has just finished her training at Bellus Academy (cosmetology) in Manhattan, KS, and will soon be taking her test as a certified esthetician. She has a couple of job opportunities that she is pursuing.

What are your hobbies, talents or interests outside of CrossFit?

I love to cook, which is a talent and a hobby. I love to challenge myself with new recipes; however, at times this is counterproductive to my fitness goals.  Fortunately, I can feed our son, and husband, neither, of which have a weight problem. Sometimes I even feed the neighbor kids or my students.

What was your fitness before CrossFit?

Poor at best.  When I started it was a struggle to jump rope or complete a wall ball, or run, or pretty much anything…

What do you love about CrossFit?

I love the community of people, particularly our 5 a.m. class.  I also enjoy working out with Lesley; we keep each other accountable.  If I don’t show up, I better have a reason, and vice-versa.

What changes have you seen since CrossFit?

I am not as intimidated to workout.  I think I always had a fear that I would not finish a WOD, and I don’t have that fear any longer. Also, my body is stronger. I may be sore from working out, but I am not sore from poor movements thanks to the training. My advice to new members is to not be intimidated by the workouts, or what other people can do…it is a process that takes time to learn and excel.

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