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 October Athlete of the Month is Melissa Barker! Melissa joined the CFA Family a little over a year ago, but she was no stranger to movement prior to that. Melissa is a strong mover and athlete, but she’s always pushing for growth and toward the next goal in class! She is a pleasure to chat with and will make you feel at home as soon as you walk into the gym with her! We’ve loved being part of the journey with her and celebrating the wins along the way! Melissa, we are honored to have you as our October Athlete of the Month and as an awesome part of this team. Thanks for your all your hard work and we look forward to seeing all you accomplish in the years to come! Congratulations!
State your Name and/or Nickname please:
What is your fitness background?
I grew up doing gymnastics until I was eight and then I started dancing competitively through high school and college.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
About seven years
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
I was obviously nervous to try something new, but had met some of the other gym members before at social events so it was slightly easier to join in. I remember the workout then being really difficult, and it still would be now. You get better at CrossFit, but there are always new ways to challenge yourself.
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
What initially drew me into CFA is how well-run the gym is, and what has made me stay is the community. Oh, and Thirsty Thursdays
Current Training Goals/PRs?
I’m focusing on solid technique in my Olympic lifting. Dylan has been a huge help!
What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Show up. Be consistent. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?
CrossFit is my mental and physical break during the day. It’s really important to me to make sure I get to the gym, so I’ll schedule it in to make it happens.
What is your cheat meal go-to?
Taco Bell and Champagne!
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
Whenever I try something new, I never have to consider I “can’t” because CrossFit has helped to make me functionally well-rounded. I can easily travel and hike for miles or decide to SUP for hours.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
I’ve had multiple surgeries and it’s hard to be patient during the recovery. It is nice to know that CrossFit is adaptable so you can likely get some type of workout even if it is different from what the rest of the class is doing.
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
I put a lot of time working on muscle ups outside of class, so the first time I got to do it during a WOD was a really proud moment.
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
I like a quick burner with a heavy barbell and gymnastics, so probably 21-15-9 of power cleans and handstand push-ups.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I like to spend time with my family and friends and explore the city by taking in all of the good food and drinks it has to offer!
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I was top ten in the country in dance during high school.
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Call your mom…