Shelby Schroepfer-Athlete of the Month September 2019

Tell us about yourself: I am 29, born and raised in Fairmont where I live with my husband Robert and 4 year old daughter Sophia. My main "hobby" is CrossFit. I can't get enough as the attendance posts will show. I also love Disney, college football (Go Hawks!), cooking, reading, and laughter.

What made you want to start CrossFit? My cousins had been doing crossfit in Mankato and were posting/sharing about it and it just looked so exciting, and they made it look easy. I had been on a weight loss journey for a few years and was severely bored with my workouts which were wrote by me, and performed at a local gym with whatever equipment I could find. I worked out with my husband sometimes but usually by myself which was getting lonely and I had little motivation to keep going. I had also always been a fan of weightlifting/weight training vs cardio so when I saw that there was this new thing that involved barbells I was intrigued. And that same year, Andy and Josie were at the fair offering free trials and we became Facebook friends and they helped me with my workouts even though I didn't have the guts to join just yet.

What is your proudest CrossFit moment or best CrossFit memory? Probably just having the courage to drop in for the 2017 Open, because had I not done that, I don't know if I would've ever joined. It showed me how much fun the workouts were when done around these crazy people, and how nice and welcoming everyone was. But also Festivus at our very own FCF, my first USAW meet last October, and a 190# clean PR are some memories that mean a lot to me.

What is a tip you would give someone considering CrossFit or new to CrossFit? Ask questions. Either reach out to a friend you know who does CrossFit, or ask the coaches themselves. I felt more comfortable after knowing how the WOD is laid out, how workouts are scaled, and what kind of movements there would be. Then you just gotta try it.

What impact has CrossFit had on you in and out of the gym? A profound impact. Anyone who knows me personally can attest to that. I am a completely different person than I was before joining FCF. I am happier, stronger, more determined, healthier, more approachable, more adventurous, and I have a respect and love for my body that I never knew could exist post pregnancy/weight gain.

What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs you have tried in the past? It is constantly varied. Never the same. One week's worth of workouts could have you utilizing every single muscle in your body. There is no leg day, or arm day, or cardio day. It is all intertwined. It's also impossible to become unmotivated because there are other people who are motivating you every day. Even if you're the only one in class, the coach is still right there with you pushing you to give it 100%. You're never alone.

If you could create a WOD, what would it contain? Max effort snatches and clean and jerks, and double unders, then post WOD karaoke.

Anything else you would like to add? First of all CrossFit as a sport is amazing and you should try it regardless of where you are located (chances are there is a box close to you), but especially if you are local to Fairmont, TRY US. You will benefit from doing CrossFit no matter where you go but if you find yourself at FCF you will be welcomed with some of the best people you will ever meet. The coaches and athletes are what makes our box what it is, and they're the ones who make it so easy to keep coming back no matter how hard the workout or how busy life gets.

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