Athlete Profile: Gretchen Hammes



Name: Gretchen Hammes

 Age: 32

 Hometown: Topeka, Kansas, USA

How long have you been CrossFitting? Over 3 years

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Hands down, it’s Fight Gone Bad!  The feeling you get once its over is the best. 

 What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? Squat cleans

 What is your previous workout/athletic background? Running and rugby

 What was your first experience of CrossFit like? The gym had been open for about six months, Ashley Waters kept raving about it at rugby practice. I could see that she was seeing amazing results, so I decided to give it a try. I came in on a Saturday morning, and Tarasa had me do a half Cindy. Afterwards, I thought I was going to be sick. It was the most intense 10 minute workout that I’d ever done. I was immediately hooked.  

What results have you seen since CrossFitting? Aside from the obvious changes that one sees with their physique, the extra energy that I have and additional strength for every day tasks are two of the major benefits.  Eating Paleo helps you to avoid the sluggish feeling that comes from eating grain carbs. 

 What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman? I love the feeling you get after a WoD when our body releases the endorphins. Additionally, I enjoy the friendships that I’ve formed with my fellow Crossfitters over the last three years. Having friends that push you, encourage you and challenge you in the WoD is really important. 

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman? Commit yourself to three months of Crossfit and healthy eating. You will see results if you take the exercise and diet seriously. I’ve seen some amazing results from fellow CrossFit Cayman members over the last three years. What they all have in common is the desire to make the necessary changes in their lives. Don’t make excuses for why you can’t exercise or make good food choices!  One of the amazing things about CrossFit is that people of all ages and fitness levels can participate.

One Response to “Athlete Profile: Gretchen Hammes”

  1. broshot
    May 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Woo hoo!!!!

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