May Athlete of the Month || Morgan Adams!

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 2024 May Athlete of the Month is Morgan Adams! Dubbed “Captain Morgan” by this year’s CFA IMO winners, Cool Rummings, our AOM may be a little quieter, a little less chatty than her fellow 5:30am regulars, but her work never goes unnoticed. If anything, she’s been a great example of fitness maturity and virtuous movement, always scaling movements as needed and performing them with solid technique. With ample CrossFit experience and having an L1 background herself, she’s both receptive and coachable, which is a dream for *any* coach. And, when we needed someone to step up to the plate as an IMO Captain (known equally as “herder of cats and keeper of sanity”), she not only stepped up, but she kept her team motivated, organized and delivered a truly epic music video for “Ice Ice Baby.” Congrats, Morgan! This is overdue but certainly well deserved!


State your Name and/or Nickname please:


Words to live by?

Do your best and forget the rest.

What is your fitness background?

I danced competitively until I went to college. I also did cheerleading, track, and cross country. Throughout my adult life, I have gone through phases of running, yoga, and other workout programs before finding CrossFit.

How long have you been CrossFitting?

I started CrossFitting in 2017. My Husband and I did Gold’s Fit for a few years before. When we moved across town, he was the one who suggested we try CrossFit. I did the CF-L1 in 2019.

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

I was nervous. My husband really talked it up that it was some crazy workout. The first box I went to was down a gravel road that looked kind of shady. When I walked in, it felt very chaotic. I didn’t know what to expect, or where to stand, and I had never picked up a barbell. I didn’t know where any of the equipment was. I’m sure there was very loud metal music playing.

The owner of the gym made my husband and I do a “foundations” class first. I remember thinking I felt kind of silly as he studied my squat.

Now I know what to expect. I don’t get nervous. I might have dread when it’s a running workout or a lot of burpees, but I’m not nervous. I know how to scale, when to scale, and when I can do better. After taking multiple oly classes I finally learned how to hold a barbell.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?

The programming. I like the strength cycles. And while I don’t say a lot at 5:30 in the morning, I think the people are funny.

Current Training Goals/PRs?

I really want to get back to my pre-baby weight. I think once I do that it will be easier for me to get handstand pushups again and strict pull ups for the first time.

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

If you want to see progress, you have to get your diet under control.

How do you balance staying focused in your training when life gets busy?

I’ve just made training part of my lifestyle. I get myself in bed so I can get to class. I meal prep so I don’t eat like trash. If anyone needs help with this, I suggest Atomic Habits by James Clear.

What is your “cheat meal” go-to?

Chips and queso or nachos.

How do you use your fitness outside of the gym?

I use it to keep up with my toddler. She loves to be chased and picked up. This is kind of silly, but everyone at the office asks me to change the water on the water cooler.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your fitness journey?

The biggest challenge I have faced recently is my daughter started waking up multiple times a night. There have been a few times I’ve canceled my reservation in the middle of the night (or early morning) after a rough night. But then I’m mad at myself the next day for not going. So unless she is up at 5am, I try to push myself to go.

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

I was happy that I was able to finish the open workouts.

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

3 rounds for time of 12 dumbbell deadlifts, 10 dumbbell snatches, and 8 push presses.

What keeps you going on the days you don’t feel like it?

I remind myself that I want to live a long, active life for my daughter.

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

I love Kentucky basketball (my husband is from Kentucky, I am not). I’m active in my church. I enjoy doing projects around the house. We like hosting game nights and playing Catan or poker. And honestly, I love my job.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…

I have traveled a lot, but maybe the most interesting is that I went to Uganda for 3 months and surveyed 500 households in remote villages for my graduate thesis which was on the impact of borehole wells on childhood diarrhea. I know a lot about water and sanitation in developing countries. And no, this has absolutely nothing to do with what I do now.

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

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth