Congratulations to our May Member of the Month, Melissa Meverden!
Melissa is a wonderful mother of one, but soon to be two! She is due with her second bundle of joy in late July and is continually focused on her quality of life, through her fitness. She has been doing CrossFit for longer that Locomotion has been around, so we consider ourselves lucky to have such an awesome role model in our gym now! Here is her story in her own words…
Q: What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
A: Once upon a time, I had just graduated college and my boyfriend mentioned that he was interested in trying something new called Crossfit. Two guys in town were starting a gym and we joined them for a few workouts. I was pretty skeptical, but I was willing to give it a shot to impress this boyfriend, and to my surprise, I actually enjoyed it. That was 2009, and that boyfriend is now my husband (so I guess it worked!). I’ve been involved with Crossfit off and on ever since – sometimes going steadily for 3 days a week, and sometimes taking months off at a time – at various Crossfit gyms around town.
When Locomotion opened last year, I had been working out on my own in our garage gym for over a year, and was really ready to be part of a gym community again. I was excited about having a Crossfit gym in the neighborhood, and so many things about Locomotion – the facility, the programming, the coaches, the people – have impressed me.
Q: What was your first impression? How has that changed?
A: It would have been easy to look at a Crossfit workout and think,”I could never do that. I don’t belong here.” I had zero athletic background before starting Crossfit. As a kid, I hated PE and group sports, and had never thought of myself as an athlete. So when I started Crossfit in my early twenties, the gains I made during my first six months were incredible and addictive. Learning new skills – especially with the barbell – was very empowering. I will never be the fastest or the strongest athlete, but I can work hard and do amazing things with my body. Appreciating what my body can do and learning to value my health and wellness has meant a lot for me as I have gotten older and started a family.
Having been around Crossfit for a while, and having visited many gyms over the years, I have some high standards for what a good gym should look and feel like. From the beginning, I’ve been impressed by Jay’s attention to details in programming, Emma’s amazing design, all the coaches’ knowledge, and everyone’s friendliness and energy.
Q: What was your first “bright spot”?
A: During my first year of Crossfit, getting my first strict pull-up was a huge accomplishment. I worked for months on doing negative pull-up exercises, every single time I came to the gym, and seeing that hard work pay off at long last was so exciting.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am pregnant with my second daughter and due in late July. I’ve continued doing Crossfit and yoga to stay active and healthy. Since I’m not working towards any PRs (*personal records) or new skills at the moment, I am concentrating on maintaining good form and modifying movements when needed. I also work on using positive self-talk. I’m a type A perfectionist with a tendency to be very self-critical. I’ve learned that being part of a supportive gym community and cheering others during workouts on makes it easier for you to cheer yourself on too. Instead of being hard on myself during a workout, I try to imagine what my coach or loved one would say to me in that moment to make me feel good and keep on moving.
Q: What’s your favorite Locomotion Memory?
A: A few months ago I came into the gym and found a random card and gift bag waiting for me. Katie Janes, another member and pregnant mom, had left a “Future Crossfitter” pregnancy t-shirt for me, out of the blue. This meant a lot to me because it made me feel like I was part of this community, even though I’m rarely in the gym more than 2-3x a week, and haven’t been able to participate in many of the group events like The Open. This to me is a reminder that you don’t have to work out every single day to see great results or to make friends.
Thanks for sharing your story, Melissa! Looking forward to meeting your “Future CrossFitter” soon! xo