August Athlete of The Month: Darien Nuckols!!

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our August Athlete of the Month is Darien Nuckols! Darien joined our family with fundamentals in August last year. She’s primarily an early bird with either the 5:30 or 6:30 am classes. Not only is Darien a great example of how drive and determination can guide you, she’s also an amazing member of this community. She’s had an incredible transformation since her inception at CFA. Darien’s lost close to 40 pounds and is down 4 sizes in her clothes.

It’s not all about the aesthetic measurements, but she has worked so hard for those results and in addition to looking great, she’s stronger than ever! We’ve enjoyed Darien’s positive attitude and infectious smile in class. Darien, the CFA Team is proud to honor you as our August Athlete of the Month and as an awesome part of this community. Thanks for your all your hard work! Congratulations!

State your Name and/or Nickname please:

Darien / D

Words to live by?

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but better than I used to be.”- Wayne W. Dyer

What is your fitness background?

Grew up playing water polo and surfing

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I started classes last year. I think it was in October 2016?

Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?

After my shoulder surgery I had not been able to work out so I was a bit intimidated but, I knew CrossFit was something I had to do (or at least try).  I thought I was going to die during my first group workout. Once I finished I was surprised how proud and accomplished I felt. I remember asking if CrossFit got easier with time. The answer was no, (not the answer I was looking for) but they told me that I would start to get used to the hard workouts and really start to love it. Ha! I totally understand now, its so true! I still fell like I’m dyeing during a workout but I love it, my day doesn’t feel complete without it. I am also stronger, healthier, have way more energy and confidence now!

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?

The amazing people! From the coaches to the members, everyone of you guys are so unique, It really makes CrossFit Austin a great place to be!
Oh and shout out to the morning crew, thanks guys for all the support.

Current Training Goals/PRs?

My main goal is to be consistent with my workouts, listen to my body and really make an effort to keep track of my max weights and progress.
I have also been working on my handstands!

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?

Whenever in doubt go to the work out. I’ve never gone to a workout and regretted going after!

What is your cheat meal go to?

Anything from Gourdoughs

How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?

I love hiking and swimming. Also lifting puppies (see picture for details). Haha

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.

The first time I RX’d a workout I definitely felt like a badass.

If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?

The Dino-Sore…..
100 singles
50 step ups (25 each leg)
40 butterfly sit ups
30 Russian catelbell swings
20 deadlifts
10 toes to bar
1 rope climb

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I’m a big art nerd, I do lots of studio art and could spent a whole day in a museums. I also really enjoying learning, getting out of my comfort zone and traveling.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…

I could swim (float and go under the water) before I was walking!

Longhorns or Aggies?


Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…

You guys are all super inspirational! Keep up the hard work!