This week I want to talk about hunger. The hunger to try new things, to push yourself, and to just plain be at your best. This week's dose has all of the above with extra awesome to top it off. Austin W. is willing to put herself out there and try something new - often while throwing you a well timed sassy joke in the process. She came to us having dipped her toe in the CrossFit pool, but it wasn't until she found UB that it really stuck.
Austin's will-try/can-do attitude is always a joy to have in class, but what impressed me is her fearless determination to remain active through her pregnancy, and her relentless commitment to nurturing her inner-athlete postpartum. To know her is to see this is one motivated woman! Watch out for and her awesome, she's a force to be reckoned with!
Name: Austin W.
Nickname / Alter Ego: Being a girl called "Austin" is usually interesting enough that nicknames are not necessary. As far as Alter Ego goes, you can find me most mornings in 6:30 class searching for my inner Sasha Fierce.
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
Occupation: Data Product Manager @ Slack
When did you first start CrossFitting? September 2010 for about 18 months, and then took a long break from CrossFit before finding UB
When did you first start CrossFitting at UB? July 2015
Favorite WOD: 8/21/17 - The day Jenny programmed 2 rounds of 100ft KB walking lunges, 75ft handstand walk, 50cal row, 25 pvc sit-ups. Epic and fabulous.
Least favorite WOD: I loathe anything with repeated calls for 1 min max effort because it's so painful. Or maybe I love it. It's hard to tell.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? I love to try different workout options for variety. I loved CrossFit when I tried it in 2010 and was eager to get back into it when I joined UB.
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? Way too much YouTube on CrossFit Games weekends. Also, I was pretty nervous about what having a baby would do to my body. CrossFit and UB guided me through pregnancy and postpartum with workout modifications, maternity leave open gym with my baby, BIRTHFIT classes, and lots and lots of encouragement -- and helped turn a thing I was pretty scared of it into an experience that was fun and empowering.
What’s your secret talent? Juggling. Preferably fire.
What is your biggest phobia? At the gym it's failing a lift. I'm working on being a little less apprehensive about that, maybe. I really don't like it. If you have any advice on how to be ok with it I'm all ears. In life my biggest phobia is spiders.
How has becoming a parent changed your view/relationship with CrossFit? Becoming a parent has, surprisingly, gotten me to class more consistently. I used to feel too busy and come sporadically, whenever I felt I could find the time. Now my workout is the thing I do for myself every day to feel good, and I know if I don't get out of bed and go to class I lose the opportunity to sweat and be energized for my day.
What inspires you? I'm inspired in every context by seeing people push themselves and get uncomfortable in order to grow. At 6:30am class that inspiration comes from Chelsea and Amy -- they work harder than I do, lift heavier, and smile while they're doing it.
What’s your next goal in fitness? In life? My next fitness goal is to do a dead hang pull-up by the end of the year. In life it's to finish unpacking.