September Athlete of the Month: Kat Bevel!

 In an effort to get to know the fine folks of CrossFit Austin, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different CFA athlete.  This month we have chosen the amazing Kat Bevel!


State your Name and/or Nickname please:

Words to live by:
Let yourself be vulnerable… The part of you that is going to be the best is the part of you that you want to most deny.” -John Cusack
“Ask yourself what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman 

What is your fitness background? 
I did gymnastics between the ages of 7-17. More recently, before crossfit, I did a lot of yoga and I’ve dabbled in a little of everything growing up from wrestling to rock climbing.
How long have you been CrossFitting? 
18 months
What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?  
The people! CrossFit has really changed my life and my perspective on so much. There are so many things that CrossFit and it’s community of people, especially the women, have taught me. I’ve finally found not only an outlet I was missing since my gymnastics days, but also a group of people who continually inspire me, support me and others, and are genuinely interested in seeing their peers meet goals. CrossFit has completely solidified my viewpoint that people and relationships matter most in life. It’s amazing what one can accomplish when surrounded by people who challenge and uplift you, people who show up everyday to their own life for betterment. It’s incredible watching others get back up after they fall, keep pushing towards their own goals and never give up on themselves and ultimately life. I’m so grateful to know such incredibly motivated, determined, strong people.
What are your training goals? 
I would love to be able to be considered for a regionals team next year! Also, string together multiple muscle ups, and to close the gaps between my weaknesses and strength and to definitely work on aerobic capacity.
Favorite sport or activity? 
Yoga, anything gymnastics related, wake surfing, and cooking!
Recent adventure you’re planning? 
I love traveling! I’m a wedding photographer and I have an elopement in Scotland coming up, so I’m making a vacation out of it too and tacking on Iceland. I leave in just a couple weeks and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m also pretty excited about Costa Rica in November, and Tulum in April of next year for my 30th birthday. 🙂

Tell us something we don’t know about you…
I have a goal of visiting 6/7 continents and volunteering for a couple of orphanages and animal sanctuaries/rescues along the way before I’m 35.

Longhorns or Aggies? Admittedly, I’m not much of a football fan, but I’m an Austinite through and through so if I had to choose, it’d be Longhorns.

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words… 
I may be a bit distant/quiet but I have a huge love capacity and I’m truly wowed and inspired by every single person at CFA. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I’ve learned so much from all my peers and coaches. I’m endlessly grateful for all of you and the way CrossFit has changed my life.