March Athlete of the Month || Jamie Williams!

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 March Athlete of the Month is Jamie Williams! Jamie has been a part of the CFA family since September of 2015.  She very quickly found her place in the community and has been a solid role model for many athletes who’ve followed her! You’ll usually find Jamie in the afternoons, but every once in a while she brightens our mornings 🙂 Jamie is one of those folks that is just a solid, honest person all around. She comes in, works hard, encourages others, and always does it with a smile. Jamie exemplifies so many of the qualities we look for in an AOM and has truly become a pillar in our community. Jamie, the CFA Team is proud to honor you as our March Athlete of the Month and as an awesome part of this community. 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:
Most people call me Jamie. Sometimes I get called Jdub.
Words to live by?
It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you react. Choose to see the positive in any situation.
What is your fitness background?
I started softball when I was seven years old and continued through college. I also played a little basketball in middle and high school.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
6.5 years

Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
I hated CrossFit when I first started. I was terrible at it, and I hate being bad at things. Fortunately, when I’m bad at something, it makes me want to work hard until I improve. Fast forward to today…I’m a super ok Crossfitter, and I’m A-ok with that!
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
The people. I left my previous gym because I wasn’t a fan of the culture that was happening there. CrossFit Austin is a breath of fresh air. It’s super welcoming and the coaches really care about the health and well-being of their athletes.
Current Training Goals/PRs?
My goals have changed from a PR focus to a longevity focus. My body has been telling me to stop certain movements and focus on staying healthy. It’s been hard to check my ego, but I’m in this for the long haul, and need my body to work not only for my job, but for all the activities I like to do outside the gym.

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Two words. Movement. Quality. Don’t do something if it’s sketchy. Just work on progressions. It’s not worth hurting your body just to RX.

What is your cheat meal go to? Literally everything.
I try to live a 70/30 “healthy/treat yoself” kind of lifestyle.
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
Most importantly, it helps a ton in my job as a firefighter. For fun, I play a lot of slowpitch softball. I also play kickball and flag football. I take a backpacking trip to California once a year to hike in the Sierras. I try to take a snowboarding trip every year.
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
It’s a tie between my first muscle up, and the first time I snatched 95 lbs.
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
100 reps each of alternating db snatch, burpees over bar, step-ups, wall balls, and double unders (I like long workouts)

What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?
Training partners. I love working out next to other people. It makes everything better.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love playing sports. It keeps me sane and social.
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
A couple people may know, but I had open heart surgery when I was 14 years old. I had an atrial septal defect. I won’t go into too much detail, but it was a miracle that it was found, and I’m grateful for my ability to live an extremely active lifestyle! Feel free to ask me about it.
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Be positive, encouraging, welcoming, and kind. It takes all of us to make this community awesome!