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September Athletes of the Month

Congrats to the husband and wife team, Colin and Shelley, on being September’s Athletes of the Month! Please read their stories below.

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Name: Shelley White

Hometown: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England

How long have you been CrossFitting? 1 year and 4 months

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Helen and Cindy, and anything with dead lifts or lots of running

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? Karen and anything else with wall balls – yuck!

What is your previous workout/athletic background? I ran.  Marathons and Ultra-Marathons.  I ran every single day for over 5 years, sometimes over 2,000 miles in a year.  I still run a lot (but please don’t tell Matt!)

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like?  It was a bit nerve-racking, because there is so much to learn, but everyone was super-friendly and supportive and I quickly learned the movements and made wonderful new friends.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting?  I started CrossFit to aid my recovery from serious hip reconstruction surgery.  The results were miraculous and I have made a 100% recovery (although I still have a slightly wonky squat!).  I also lost over 35lbs and I am now pain free with full mobility in both shoulders, each of which had previously suffered painful injuries.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)?  It’s all mental really.  I tell myself to keep moving as quickly as possible and don’t stop, because that way the pain will be over with sooner.  I also zone out, so my brain goes somewhere else and I don’t feel anything – which is a good trick if you can do it.

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman? My favourite thing is how strong and capable it has made me feel.  I can do things that I never thought I would be able to – Olympic Weight Lifting; Strict Pull Ups; Rope Climbs; Double Unders – these all seemed like black magic before I started CrossFit.  Also I get to work out with my husband, Colin, which makes a nice change after years of working out separately!

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman? Definitely come along and give it a try!

 

Name: Colin Meronuk

Age: 38

Hometown: Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

How long have you been CrossFitting? 9 years. I think I was member #10 here or something like that. I drank the Kool-Aid, put down the Kool-Aid, was part of the CrossFit Cayman team that competed at the Latin America Regionals, then at the CrossFit Games in 2011, took a 2-year break (PS: Don’t do this), and now get to work out in the morning with my wife, Shelley.

What is your favorite WOD/Exercise? Deadlift, hand-stand pushups, muscle-ups, and rope climbs

What is your least favorite WOD/Exercise? Whatever is programmed the day I come back from any sort of break. It always feels awful, but it gets better after the next couple workouts.

What is your previous workout/athletic background? I played some baseball and ran track in high school, but after that, not very much until I found CrossFit.

What was your first experience at CrossFit Cayman like? Back then, the Intro workout was Fight Gone Bad, so pretty intense. I loved the atmosphere and told myself I’d give it a couple months and see how it went. That was 9 years ago.

What results have you seen since CrossFitting? I gained about 20 lbs. of muscle in the first couple years. I gained a ton of confidence, met some great friends, and basically rewired my life such that staying healthy long-term is a top priority.

What do you do to get yourself through a tough workout (mental thoughts, tips and tricks, etc.)? I try as best I can to shut my brain off and trust that the training will help me move with good form. Taking the time to practice with light weight helps immensely.

What’s your favorite aspect about working out at CrossFit Cayman? The comradery and the results. It’s a winning combination.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Cayman? Do what I did. Give it a couple months and see what results you get. Also, make sure to learn good movement habits early-on. They can be tough to fix later.

 

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