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Amanda M.

  1. When did you start at CrossFit Bangor:

April 2017

  1. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment:

Completing a marathon row with three other incredible women to celebrate my 30th Birthday. Team Dirty Thirty. Rowing For Cake

  1. Favorite lift, metcon, or both:

My favorite days are my lift days. I am the “tiny” woman, any day I can back squat or deadlift more than my body weight makes me feel stronger mentally and physically. Yes a girl whose 110lbs and 5ft 2 can back squat 150lbs. She may be small, but she is mighty.

Every time I lift it is a reminder to myself I am okay. One of the reasons I started CF was not to be a weightlifter or lose weight. My fitness journey started as a way amidst the chaos of life to stop and give myself something to work on. I was having a hard time believing in myself and kept getting stuck in the anxious you’re not good enough loop we can all get stuck in.

At the time, I decided to prove to myself I could feel strong and do something I did not think I could. This led me to a couch-to-5K, two other gym memberships and a decision to try to take on the Tough Mountain Challenge and Spartan Race before finding my fitness home at CrossFit. I feel worthier now and am able to see myself as the strong woman I now believe in, thanks to fitness and the CF community that continues to uplift me.

I am more than just a tiny woman, I am a proving to myself every day I am not perfect, I am strong and worthy. Anxiety is a huge struggle for me and fitness helps to calm my day at the gym or yoga as my meditation and reflection time. Life is not perfect, but at least I can say each day I am working towards become stronger than yesterday.

  1. A movement or workout you’re hoping to improve this year:

Double unders and improving gymnastics. Double unders FINALLY clicked in my brain and body. Though they are not perfect it’s something that was unexpected one work out and I want to continue the process and improve. I want to be better on the bar and continue my progressions.

  1. Biggest surprise since starting at CrossFit Bangor:

  The way Crossfit uplifted my spirits and strength was beyond anything I could have imagined. It became this therapy for me. I could take on the day with a better attitude or finish the day and be able to let all the anxiety and chaos of the day go. I never would have thought CrossFit would have boosted my confidence, but it did. It showed me a strength in myself I did not know existed. I am so much healthier mentally and physically to take on life.

  1. Advice for new members or friends who have yet to try CrossFit:

Don’t be afraid that you “can’t” do something. Most of us are not games athletes, and we are all at different levels. You will be supported no matter what level of fitness, age, weight or anything. You are accepted for who you are and where you are. Trust the process, be open with the coaches with what your goals are, and trust YOU CAN! Believe in yourself!

  1. Favorite Maine place to recommend to other members or visitors

  Acadia National Park, Sand Beach is my absolute favorite place. For a good local brew, try Nocturnum in downtown Bangor.

  1. Non CrossFit interest(s):

-Adventures with my husband Erick and our dog Layla. Love to travel, hike, playing old school video games with my family.

-Fun fact, I am a freelance graphic artist and LOVE being creative.

-Concerts. Anything but country, Breaking Benjamin and The Postal Service are my favorite  bands.

  1. Additional thoughts you’d like to share!

You are so worthy and stronger than you could imagine. I believe you can find a home at CrossFit Bangor.

 

Tiffany SuretteAmanda M.

1 Comment

  1. rob   Reply

    so glad you stop into the 0500 from time to time!!! great story!

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