A Drive to Succeed

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If you are one to watch our daily leader board, you have surely noticed Keela’s name on it. With a work ethic that is to be admired, she is an exceptionally talented athlete who exemplifies our “Be Humble, Have Hustle” motto.

A longstanding goal that Keela has had is to get a sub-5-minute Baseline score – a goal that she recently kicked in it’s little behind. Last Monday, she came in to retest her score and whipped up an impressive finishing time of 4:56 (down a whole minute since July!) Goal completed! But then, because that just wasn’t good enough, she beat her score AGAIN in class on Friday. This time bringing her score down to 4:43!

Here’s a couple questions that Keela was gracious enough to answer for me about her training at TTCF and what has helped her to get to her goal:

How long have you been doing CrossFit for, and what made you want to get started?

I’ve been doing CrossFit for just shy of 2 years. Before CrossFit, I always enjoyed seeking athletic experiences & challenges that were most difficult for me and conquering them. I found CrossFit when a friend of mine posted pictures of a winter challenge TTCF did and I was instantly intrigued. I get to use a lot of skills that I have experience in from my own athletic background as well as new ones to conquer. I have definitely met my match :)

Pull-ups are one of the most common goals for people that walk through our doors. What has been the biggest help in getting them down?

Pull-ups and, in general, movements on the bar have been hard for me from the start. I think what has helped was first being patient enough to work on the strength behind the movement and then holding myself accountable to working on and improving technique as I started getting better at them.

There have definitely been numerous MetCons with pull-ups throughout the year where it felt I finished hours behind everyone else. As hard as those workouts were in the moment, that push out of my comfort zone coupled by the ending feeling of, “I never want that to happen again!” kept me motivated to get them down.

Now that you are kicking the Baseline workout’s butt, what other goals do you have in your sights?

I still have so much to work on. Right now,  I’m working on getting my butterflies down, chaining more chest to bars together, then I want to move towards bar muscle-ups. Off the bar, I have Isabel Rx in my sights.

You’re an inspiration to us all, Keela. Keep up the hard work!