We are proud to share our December Athlete of the Month;
About Mary Ellen:
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My husband, Collier, encouraged me to join CF months before I was brave enough to try it. I had never even lifted a barbell before CFOP. I had recently moved to Newport News with our son while Collier was living in Illinois. I used to run and do yoga frequently but after moving to NN I wasn’t making time for myself. I started CF in March 2018 after a lot of suggesting and encouraging. I chose OP because my husband, Collier, came to a drop-in class while he was home visiting and thought it’d be a good fit.
I think my most memorable moment was doing Murph this year. I loved how united everyone was and how supportive the CF community was that day. I also remember that I was able to do all of the pull-ups which completely shocked me because I could not do a pull-up when I joined in March.
Honestly my first goal was to show up and be present. I started with a goal of 3 times a week and have now settled on 4 times a week. I wanted to have something outside of work and taking care of my son to look forward to and be a part of. CFOP has done this in many ways by challenging me physically and mentally and by providing such a wonderful community of people (I especially love the nooners).
I like gymnastics movements in general because they are challenging but fun for me. I also like anything running/rower/assault bike because it helps clear my mind.
I don’t remember the exact WOD but when I completed my first Rx WOD. It used 35 lb dumbbells, which felt way too heavy when I started.
I love all of the coaches at CFOP. I’m so impressed by their dedication to the athletes and also to themselves. It is really motivating to watch them workout and see how strong and committed they are. I also love the community and friends I’ve made since joining.
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Thank you so much for welcoming me into this community.