Athlete of the Month
Tiffany Horn, aka “Tiffers,” was chosen as the member of the month for October 2016.
Tiffany hit her FIVE year anniversary with us on October 1, so it is pretty fitting that she is our Member of the Month for October! She’s been with us through thick and thin, injury (she fell) and recovery, and all of the ups and downs, plateaus and PRs that come with five years of training!
She competes in powerlifting, has strong all-around CrossFit skills (and still works on her weaknesses), is a superstar rower, and puts her heart into completing the Hero WODS. She also keeps an eye out for all the Lambert HS kids of our members!
She is encouraging, fun, up-beat and puts forth her best effort every time she is in the box. That is exactly what we look for in our members: effort with a great attitude!
Tiffany’s scores have been finding their way onto our benchmark wall (where we post the best times for named WODs and lifts) more and more lately and we hope her name continues to grace our wall to for years to come!
Tiffany also recently got engaged to her boyfriend who she met at our gym. So when we say we change lives, she took that to a whole new level! Congrats Tiffers!!!
Tiffany Horn, 31, Science teacher at Lambert High School
I wanted to get back in shape, and started doing boot camp classes and obstacle races. A friend suggested I should check out this thing called CrossFit. I happened to ride by CFJC one morning going to work, and then went to check it out that evening. Dan and Lara greeted me, and encouraged me to try out a Saturday class first and see if I liked it. (Dan may have worded it differently, but that is a story for another day).
It is a mental and physical therapy my body gets about 4-5 days a week. There is no better feeling then coming in to the gym, and feeling accomplished after a great workout.
I remember coming in on a Saturday morning the same day as a band competition I had to attend for the high school. The WOD involved kettlebell swings, sledgehammers, sit ups, and burpee broad jumps. I was basically the last person to finish the WOD, but I wasn’t discouraged in any way. Instead I was grateful for all of the members who came outside to cheer me on as I finished my last round. I couldn’t move later that day, or the next, but I could not wait to get back to it on Monday. I was hooked. In two weeks I will hit my five years of CrossFitting mark.
- Community. I never thought I would grow so close to fellow gym members. We truly are a family. It’s not every day your gym owner just volunteers to help you move into your 3rd story apartment. Thanks Dan!
- Setting personal goals, and meeting them. I am a CrossFitter because I love being able to focus on my abilities no matter what they may be. I am in no way a rock star at every movement. Barbells are my jam, but when it comes to things like running, I still have lots of room for improvement. Shaving a second off of a run, or adding a pound to a lift gives you enough satisfaction to want to keep coming back for more.
Being able to come back from my wrist injury, almost 100%, and to keep moving forward.
Also, when I finally hit a sub 3min Grace time.
Anything with a barbell, and I am game. And, thanks to Kettlebell Jane, I have started loving kettlebells even more than before.
Least favorite, double unders and running. I have a love/hate relationship with those. Mostly hate.
I love Quadzilla, and the CFJC barbell complex the most.
Least favorite, you would think Annie because of DU’s, but I really dislike Filthy Fifty. I will do it, but I won’t be happy.
Stringing those darn toes to bar together. It is the one thing that just hasn’t clicked yet. It hasn’t stopped me from doing them, they just take me a little longer.
Also to keep improving my lifts. I hope to enter the 300 club with my squat very soon.
Where do I begin? There are so many things that have come out of being a CFJC member, and they are not all workout focused. Of course, it has made me a better person physically. I am stronger and more in shape then I have EVER been in my life, and it has given me a better body image. I was once that overweight girl in high school who wanted the body you see in magazines. Now I embrace my strength and muscles, and want to be strong and healthy. Strong is the new sexy after all.
CFJC has also given me a second family. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the coaches and members. They have been there for me in so many ways over the past five years, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
I love spending time with my man, who I happened to meet at CFJC, and also time with my family.
Stronger, faster, and harder to kill….it’s true!
Plus, when your high school students find out you lift weights, they don’t mess with you as much.
Do it!!! We all understand it can be extremely intimidating, but every single CrossFitter had to have their first day at some point. We all walked into the box for the first time not knowing what to expect, or what others would think about our skill level, or lack thereof. However, that is the beauty of CrossFit, everyone is different. It is not about being the best at the gym. It is about being the best you.