Usually the member of the month is a single individual, but in this case, these three ladies did such a great job that we couldn’t decide between them. Please join us in congratulating Steph, Julie and Laura on being January’s Paradox Member’s of the month!
Each of these ladies stepped up to the plate to compete in their first Crossfit competition, and not only did awesome, but took 2nd! Those Icelandic ladies in the Crossfit Games better watch out!
Here are our three ladies, and please keep scrolling to learn more about them…
– Age – 32
– Occupation – Chiropractor
– Been doing Crossfit for: 3 years
1. Was cold steel your first comp? Cold Steel was my first comp
2. What made you want to do a comp? My New Years resolution for 2017 is to try new things. After cheering on fellow Crossfit members at a previous Crossfit competition, I wanted to compete and challenge myself at least once!
3. What was the best part/most fun about the comp? The best part about the competition was the overwhelming love and support we received. We did not expect a huge turnout for the event. However our family, friends and box members came to cheer us on throughout the entire competition. They kept us going when we were exhausted and it was all thanks to those awesome people that we survived our first competition! Of course nothing could’ve been accomplished without the hard work and dedication from my fellow teammates Stef and Laura. These incredible girls made the competition effortlessly fun. With them around, it’s just another day at the box!
4. What would you tell people who have thought about doing a comp, but are scared to do or feel they aren’t good enough? I strongly encourage people to participate in Crossfit competitions. It’s not about winning or losing; it’s about challenging yourself. You don’t have to be “good enough” to compete. The fact that you go out there and try is good enough. You never know what you’re truly capable of. Who knows? You might surprise yourself. I know I did.
– Age – 26
– Occupation: Hair Stylist
– Been doing Crossfit for: 5 months
1. Was cold steel your first comp? Yes!
2. What made you want to do a comp? The Cold steel classic was my first comp! I decided I wanted to do it cuz it was something that I never on earth thought I would do, and I had no idea what to expect so challenging myself with something new was exciting to me.
3. What was the best part/most fun about the comp? The most fun part of the competition (besides the actual working out of course) was the comradery!!! Everyone cheering everyone on and everyone respecting one another for being awesome athletes. (Brings me back to the days of dance competitions in high school).
4. What would you tell people who have thought about doing a comp, but are scared to do or feel they aren’t good enough? For anyone who has thought about doing a comp but hasn’t taken the leap- do it!!! Everyone starts somewhere! I’m sure Rich Froning was hesitant about his first comp- but imagine if he would have played it safe and just WOded at his local box?? Just go into it knowing that all you can do is all you can do, and Your best is your best at this point in time! Always strive to be better then you were yesterday and be open minded and open hearted to learning new things.
– Age – 27
– Occupation: Advertising
– Been doing Crossfit for: 3 years
1. Was cold steel your first comp? Yes
2. What made you want to do a comp? Because it was a team competition, I figured that it’d be fun to work out with my fellow members at Paradox to at least see how we stacked up against people at other Crossfit boxes. You work out by yourself or with the same people for so long that you kind of lose your bearings in terms of how you compare with the rest of the world.
3. What was the best part/most fun about the comp? Training for it was pretty interesting, but the best part was doing this with two super energetic and supportive teammates, Julie and Laura, as well as having a bunch of people from Paradox come out to watch us. The competition itself was pretty crazy: seeing so many people who do exactly what you do, are enthusiastic about it and are good at it–it’s motivating just being in that kind of environment.
4. What would you tell people who have thought about doing a comp, but are scared to do or feel they aren’t good enough? Think of a comp exactly how you’d think of doing Crossfit to begin with: start small and don’t get down on yourself. My team competed in the scaled division and did really well. If we jumped to RX or RX+ it might have been a different story, but considering it was our first time competing, it was the perfect level for us, and we fit in with everyone else competing at the time. No matter what kind of comp you do, there is always going to be a variety of people working at different levels, so just be confident in yourself and know that you don’t have to beat anyone to succeed. Basically, just keep the same mentality with which you should come to Crossfit each day. You’re not competing to win a grand prize; you’re competing to better yourself. And if you end up winning… even better.