This week's Awesome holds a special place in my heart. And I mean that quite literally because I'm lucky enough to call Brittany V. my wife. You've probably met this fun-loving woman at one of our United Barbell events over the years... she's been a regular attendee of our potlucks and my #1 supporter at competitions since we landed in SF back in 2012.
But somewhere in late 2015 (after an On Ramp with Jenny and some PT with Nikki), something shifted for Brittany. After years of being content on the sideline, she chose to begin actively training at UB, getting her first taste of success in the Elements classes.
Witnessing Brittany's growth and journey has been a true joy for the Coaching Staff at UB (especially me.) As an athlete, she's enthusiastic and curious, takes feedback in stride and always comes ready to learn and improve. I knew she was a true CrossFit convert when she began to regularly stay after class to work on her weakness: pull-ups. After only a few months, she crushed her first ever internal UB competition and is already registered/training for the Fight Gone Bad event here in early February.
Selfishly, having Brittany at the gym is a double-bonus: I get more time with her AND more time at the gym. But her participation is so much bigger than that. As Brittany has mastered complex movements, learned the CrossFit lingo, set and surpassed athletic goals, I've seen a remarkable boost in her confidence and willingness to take on new challenges.
All I can say is: it's about time she realizes what I've known all along --- she's an incredible athlete and this is only the beginning! For all that (and more), Brittany V is our Awesome of the Week. You go, BV!
Name: Brittany Vargas
Nickname / Alter Ego: BV, BVarg
Hometown: San Diego
Occupation: Development at Stanford
When did you first start CrossFitting?: May 2015
When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: May 2015
Favorite WOD: Anything with deadlifts
Least favorite WOD: Anything upside down
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Almost six years ago, when I first started dating my (now wife), Coach Jo. But it took me several years to begin training consistently and only after an On Ramp birthday gift with Jenny.
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? All ways. I honestly thought that I couldn't DO any of it... it never occurred to me that I could actually practice the movements, begin to improve, build strength and accomplish my goals. I'm drinking the kool-aid now and surprising myself with how excited I am to workout and push myself. I've also met a ton of really nice people --- everyone at UB is everyone else's biggest cheerleader. As a former cheerleader, it's nice to be the one being cheered on. It feels like family.
What’s your secret talent? I can eat two burritos in one sitting
What is your biggest phobia? Heights
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