Athlete of the Month
Patricia was chosen as the member of the month for March due to the fact that the coaches at CFJC feel like she is as inspiration and role model (although I’m sure she laughs when she reads that) for other athletes, and potential athletes, at CFJC.
Patricia has been training with us for nearly 4 years. Over this time she has been through so much and we have seen her grow and come into her own as an athlete. She worked through the beginner stages of learning the movements, some mishaps (forehead plant into the pull-up bar …and more), unexplained weight gain (lol pregnancy), training through a pregnancy, and now shredding up after pregnancy.
As a busy mom, Patricia uses training with us as a way to re-claim her life. This is a time she carves out of her day that she has all to herself. There is a mental health aspect to what we do that she totally gets – it’s a hard thing to explain to newbies until they ‘get it’ too!
We also LOVE the following quote from Patricia’s interview: “CrossFit gave me a truly amazing power to embrace my body and focus more on what it can do, rather than what popular opinion thinks it should look like. After a lifetime of trying to hide my upper body muscles, I never expected to finally find acceptance of them in my forties. It is liberating how CFJC has converted my old workout mindset from being something I HAVE to do to ‘burn those calories,’ to something I WANT to do because it makes me feel sane.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Patricia Beall, 43, retired Executive News Producer for FOX turned mom of 4 ranging in ages from almost 2 years old to 17.
I did a lot of different exercising in my adult life that just felt like a chore. Right before starting CrossFit, I was working in a home gym with a personal trainer making sure to tell him that I would not lift weights because my “old gymnastics muscles,” which I hated, would pop out. I started CrossFit after seeing the Games on TV while in a pizza joint on Hilton Head Island. That’s when my son said, “mom those girls are all short like you and are doing gymnastics stuff with muscles.” I thought it looked like fun and something I used to be able to do, so why not? So I came home, fired my boring trainer who was getting me nowhere, and started the CFJC fundamentals
I do it now because it literally has become part of who I am, way beyond just the exercising I happen to do.