Athlete Spotlight for July!
Amber Hunt is our Athlete Spotlight this month!
Happy July everyone! I hope you are enjoying this steamy summer. Sorry that the Athlete Spotlight is a little late this month. That storm really knocked me for a loop! However, sitting happily in my air conditioning, I am excited to share with you this month’s Athlete Spotlight. And the athlete is…..AMBER HUNT!! Amber is a strong, quiet presence in our gym. Those of us in the 9:30 class have the pleasure of working out with her lately since she is on summer break from teaching elementary school . And what a treat that is. She works hard on her form and it shows. Coach Jack was overheard saying, “Man she is getting strong” as he watched her overhead squat in a WOD. She is an inspiration to us all. Coach Ellen said, “It was pretty cool to watch Amber do that 120 pull up WOD almost entirely rx'ed. She pushes me as an athlete, which I always appreciate.” I think we can all agree with that! So, without further delay, let’s learn more about Amber.
How did you first get involved with CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD- how did that feel? What did you think?
I first got involved with CrossFitthrough my boyfriend's sister, Glory Dawson. She used to train and coach at CrossFit BWI, and had been trying to get me to join for over a year. At the time, I was a member and employee at a Globo-Gym, worked out in a way that some may have considered excessive, and was frustrated with the fact that I was constantly plateau-ing regardless of the different workout programs and classes I would try. But to be honest, I was scared and a bit skeptical of CrossFit; I didn't understand how such a short workout could possibly be more effective than my 3+ hours of working out a day and I was nervous about the group atmosphere at CrossFit- I preferred to workout alone without other people watching. Glory moved out to San Diego, and when visiting her last summer, I got to watch some people participate in different CrossFit WODs (Glory's backyard was a CrossFit box- it was so neat!). One afternoon I asked if I could join the workout, and she conceded. I don't remember the exact workout, but I know it involved double-unders, kettlebell swings, and sprinting. To be honest, I felt very frustrated during the workout because I couldn't string together more than 5 DU's at a time. Watching other athletes move through the workout so quickly killed me because I'm a pretty competitive person and I thought I was in good shape, but they were destroying me! Just a few minutes into the workout, I remember being out of breath, sweating profusely, and thinking I wouldn't be able to finish the WOD. Everyone in the class was so great though, and kept cheering me on and encouraging me until I was finished. And that was all it took to get me hooked; a wake up call to the fact that I could be working out much more efficiently and to the fact that I wasn't in nearly as great of shape as I thought. When I got back to Maryland, I immediately began practicing double unders, and as soon as I moved out to Annapolis, I signed up for 1-on-1 with Dale.
What changes have you seen in your body, health and overall fitness since starting CF?
Since I started CrossFit, I've noticed that I have become so much stronger than I used to be. I began eating a mostly Paleo diet in January (inspired by the Whole 30 challenge), and that has also done wonders for my overall health. I feel great! I have always had anxiety and struggled to sleep at night, but now I sleep like a baby and feel incredibly energized throughout the day. What I am most thankful for, though, is the fact that I no longer obsess about the physical appearance aspect of working out. Coming into the box and working out with no mirrors, no judgments, and a positive, supporting community of athletes has enabled me to appreciate all of the incredible things that my body can do for me and allowed me to completely ignore calories, clothing sizes, and weight.
What is your favorite CrossFit moment?
My favorite CrossFit moment is when I got a muscle-up. It was the greatest day I've had at CFA because I played around on the rings for months before my body figured out how to complete the move. My second favorite moment was when I was introduced to the Prowler during my first “real” CFA WOD. I barely made it home before I puked. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is the real deal!”
What do you enjoy most about being an athlete at CFA?
The thing that I enjoy most about CFA is, hands-down, the community of athletes with which I work out. They are all such incredible, hard-working, and positive individuals, and I have felt welcomed and accepted here since I first arrived in September. It's rather ironic because I was so hesitant to join since I would have to work out with other people, but I love the team-spirited climate in the box. I love that I have found like-minded individuals who enjoy pain and suffering for the sake of fitness just as much as I do!
What goals are you working on?
Right now, I am working on stringing muscle-ups and doing handstand push-ups RX'ed in a workout. I'm also trying to get stronger, especially in my lower-body. I want to be able to squat and dead lift more weight, so I am trying to continue to improve my form so that I can stay injury free and continue to reach PR's!
What a great story, Amber! We are so happy to have you as part of the CFA family. You are such a wonderful example for all those children you teach, as well as all of us at CFA. We can’t wait to witness those muscles ups! Get it!!!!