May Athlete of the Month || Laura Englund!!

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 May Athlete of the Month is Laura Englund! Laura joined the CFA Family in just shy of 2 years ago, but came in with some years in the CF world. Laura quickly found her place among the midday crew, sweatin with the nooners, but these days you’ll see her in a few different class times. Laura is your go to gal for a good friend and a great time! She’s always down for a cold brew (or a popsicle) post class! She may sound like she doesn’t actually want to be in class sometimes (cue complaining about the warm up with T 😉 ), but she really is the picture of consistency. The only time we DON’T see Laura is if she’s off on an adventure! We’ve loved being part of the journey with her and celebrating the wins along the way! Laura, we are honored to have you as our May 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: Screen Shot 2022-05-04 at 10.08.42 AM.png
Words to live by?
Everything happens for a reason
What is your fitness background?
Not much actually! Played a lil bball when I was younger
How long have you been CrossFitting?
Almost 8 years
Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
I was sore from the warm up, I think I did like 10 bootstrappers and had sore hamstrings the next day. I was also petrified to walk into the gym. Compared to my workouts today, I am still winded after the warm up 🙂
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
The people I’ve met at the gym! Huge reason why I stayed in Austin! Also, the 400m run route was worse at my old gym
Current Training Goals/PRs?
Trying to recover my knee and every other body part I’ve hurt (outside of the gym). Also trying to get a 200 lbs squat and my pull ups in better shape

What advice do you have for folks just starting out in CrossFit?
Stretch! Take care of your body! So that Heidi doesn’t yell at you!
How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?
I will almost always find time for the gym because that time is very important to me. I tend to focus mostly on just moving my body these days

What is your cheat meal go-to?
McDonalds all day
How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?
I use it to get to my 3rd floor apartment or to give my friends piggy back rides. Or to flex and open pickle jars for people
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?
Changing habits outside of the gym to see better results inside of the gym (still learning of course)
Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.Screen Shot 2022-05-04 at 10.09.28 AM.png
During the open when I did 6 ring muscle ups! I was fired up
If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
10 minutes max double unders, or 1,000 double unders for time What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it? -Knowing that even if I don’t want to go to the gym, the feeling of finishing a workout always gets me there
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I like going to see live music, I’m really big into the craft beer industry, I travel A TON.
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
lol if you’ve met me you already know I tell people everything, but maybe you don’t know that I lived in a van for 4 months with my sister while traveling around the country (but you probably already know that)
Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Show up every day, move your body, be proud of little accomplishments, and don’t feel the need to cheer me on when I’m the last one to finish a WOD 🙂 love y’all!