MARCH 2020 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

By

LEISA AUSTIN

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING CROSSFIT? WHO OR WHAT GOT YOU STARTED?
A: I had been going to CrossFit competitions to watch my niece, Shannan Simpson, compete for several years. I loved everything about it from the beginning. We then traveled to California to watch her compete at The Games and I was surprised to see people my age (I had just turned 50) competing there too! Their arms were so buff! I mentioned something to Shannan and she said that I could/should do it too. When we returned to Colorado, Shannan found Alpine CrossFit for me. I started in August of 2012. Trish was a wonderful coach that made me feel comfortable right away. When I walked into the 1st 5:30 am class, it was almost all women close to my age and we quickly became friends. I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve seen lots of coaches and others come and go but I just can’t stop

Q: TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF: (FAMILY, CAREER, HOBBIES, INTERESTS)
A: I am a middle school Art teacher and part-time artist. I love to spend time making art, looking at art, reading about art, buying art materials, smelling crayons, advocating for art, or any art thing. My newest hobbies would be CrossFit and Olympic Weight lifting. Most of all, I do not consider myself an athlete. I have never played any sports or explored any hobbies related to a sport until I found CrossFit. I found a great man in Doug Hardin, who is very supportive of anything I choose to do. My daughter, LaRee is all grown up and attends most art events with me.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY AT ALPINE CROSSFIT?
A: I have so many great memories from Alpine…and they just keep coming.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR WORKOUT REGIMEN BEFORE JOINING ALPINE?
A: I did Tae-Bo in my living room every morning for about 8 years. I rode my bike on the bike paths for 10-30 miles a few times a month.

Q: HOW HAS CROSSFIT AFFECTED YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?
A: Now my arms are buff!

Q: IF YOU COULD WRITE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
A: How a 50 year old woman can become a competitive athlete….lol

Q: WHAT CATEGORY WOULD YOU BE LEAST EXCITED/MOST EXCITED TO SEE ON JEOPARDY?
A: Most excited: Art/Art history Least: anything else.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST WORKOUT, AND WHAT DID YOU THINK AFTER DOING IT?
A: I don’t remember much except there was running and a lot of push-ups. I remember being the last one still working with Robby and Brad W. cheering me on. I thought I have to keep coming so I can do better next time.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE WOD?
A: I really like DT and Open 13.1 with snatches and burpees. Least favorite is Fran

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE MOVEMENTS?
A: I like everything with the barbell and I like burpees. I do not like thrusters, although I am trying to.

Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A NEWBIE JUST GETTING STARTED AT ALPINE CROSSFIT?
A: Consistency is the key. Just keep coming and trying your best and you will get better. You will also find a group of people to share in your victories as well as commiserate with.


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