The Weekly Dose of Awesome

Some athletes start CrossFit a little cold: timid, unsure, and judgmental.  Others start off luke-warm; the athlete is curious about the CrossFit world, but still has reservations, and several excuses in their back pocket.  This week's awesome wasn't like any of those athletes.  This week's awesome started CrossFit hot! 

Chelsea isn't the kind of woman to half-ass anything.  That said, it's no surprise that once she decided to commit to CrossFit, she was 100% game face, ready to kick ass and take names. Chelsea's can-and-will-do attitude won me over from the first time I coached her... and my opinion of her has only grown from there.  This lady is hungry to be her best, humble enough to ask for help, and has oodles of heart.  (Case and point: last Friday Chelsea came in to do 17.3, unsure she would even get the opportunity to make a 105# snatch (a PR).  She not only got the shot, but she made all but her final rep shy of finishing the workout.  Relentless lady that she is, she tweaked her elbow trying to make the final snatch.  But did that stop her?  No, she's been in all this week, inspiring us all with her spirit.)

Thanks for going all in with CrossFit, Chelsea!  We are lucky to have you!

Name: Chelsea Lytle (Lie-tull, not little)

Nickname / Alter Ego: My friends in San Diego call me "Bacon." Long story.

Hometown: I've lived in 6 states (AL, HI, WA, AZ, CA, FL), but I consider Seattle my home.

Occupation: Clinical Specialist for Medtronic. I help implant and do routine checks on pacemakers and defibrillators.

When did you first start CrossFitting?: I dabbled in it about a year ago, but didn't really get into it until probably Aug/Sept of 2016.

When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: Same answer as above. UB is where it all started! 

Favorite WOD: Anything with box jumps, slam balls or burpees. 

Least favorite WOD: Pull ups, snatches, really anything overhead or uses a lot of upper body strength... simply because I can't stand not being good at things and those are big weaknesses for me.

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? I have made so many great friends with CrossFit. I have always enjoyed working out at various gyms, but never expected it to feel like I was back on team sport again! I also LOVE the competative atmosphere. 

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? Hmmm... probably some sort of shade of red. It's the color associated with energy, strength, power, determination and love.

What inspires you? My patients at work inspire me the most. They definitely keep me grounded and constantly remind me life is short, you've got to make the most of it! Cliche, but true.