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 November Athlete of the Month is Angie Bobst! Angie has been part of the CFA family for a little over a year now. She has been a hard working gal from the beginning and while her goals have shifted a bit through her pregnancy (congrats BTW!!) she is still as driven and focused as ever. She has been such an incredible addition to our CFA family and it’s been a joy to watch her growth over the last year. Angie, we are honored to have you as our November 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!
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Words to live by?
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” -Steve Prefontaine
What is your fitness background?
I grew up playing sports year round, anything to stay active but mainly soccer and basketball. Then went on to play collegiate soccer for a couple of years. Since then, I had been going through phases of running, and trying to self-motivate at the gym.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
Just over a year; August was my one year mark!
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
Nervous as could be! All of the movements and WODs seemed so advanced and unlike anything that I had done before. But it only took a couple of classes to realize that there is a progression for every movement and the coaches are so supportive in ensuring that you progress safely. Now when I step into the gym, I’m excited because there is always something new to learn and skill to become better at.
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
The people, hands down. I was initially hesitant about joining a Crossfit gym, but CFA is so much more than that; it is truly the greatest community of people in all aspects of life.
Current Training Goals/PRs?
To move smartly throughout this last trimester of pregnancy, rock childbirth, then come back stronger than ever with that good ol’ mom strength!
What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Embrace the skills that scare you the most, and trust the process. Nothing happens overnight, but the victory is oh so sweet when you nail a skill or movement that you have been working your butt off for.
Things look a little different right now, how are you staying focused in your training and in your life during this time?
The year started with lofty goals of weightlifting competitions and muscle-ups, but as things changed it has become a year to focus on what the body needs to move most effectively and developing healthy habits for the long haul.
What is your cheat meal go-to?
Chinese takeout & red wine!
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
As a nurse, I am on my feet for long hours at a time, and often moving patients much larger than myself. The gym has made me better, and more energetic at my job, and hopefully a good influence on those around me in terms of living a healthy balance of fitness and fun.
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
PRs are always a proud moment, but I’d have to say I felt most proud when another member complimented on my form for the snatch not knowing that I had been working with Dylan in weightlifting on it for months.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
Hip and shoulder mobility was a huge struggle at the beginning, and still present as gentle reminders that consistency, and bodywork are my best friends for quality movement.
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
Thirty & Thriving : 30 thrusters for time 🙂
What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?
Knowing how much better I feel and the day generally is after the workout is done.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Hanging out with my husband and animals (2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 chickens), and relaxing at home pretending I live on a farm.
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I can sign my name in cursive, upside-down and backwards 🙂
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Y’all are amazing & I am so thankful to get to be surrounded by such great people in this world!