June Female Athlete of the Month

A note from Coach Poach:

People often ask me what it takes to become Athlete of the Month. Let me start by telling you what it's not: it's not about how strong or fast someone is, or about how many workouts they win. It's not about “just showing up” 5-7x/week and doing the workouts. And much to some people's chagrin, it's not about tenure either. To be Athlete of the Month you need to work your ass off each and every day you come in. The Athlete of the Month is striving to be better every day, even if only incrementally. They seek out advice from Coaches, they listen, appreciate and put into practice the tips and queues the Coaches' give them. And yes, they show up to class, every class, on time. In fact, many of them come early to do mobility to get ready for the WOD, or roll out sore mucles, practice their double unders, or do the accrssory movement a Coach gave them to help with X movement. Sarah is the personification of all the aforementioned positive qualities. She completely embodies what the Athlete of the Month is at CrossFit New Haven. You don't need to be lifting a ton of weight, or be the fastest runner, or show up 7x/week. You can follow Sarah's model of just trying to be a littler better today than you were yesterday. Do that for a year *ahem* Sarah *ahem* and you could be Athlete of the Month too. Now congratulate this woman on all the hard work she's put in the past year!

Name: Sarah Minto

Member since: June 2015

1.  What prompted you to get started at CFNH?

My brother in law and sister joined a Crossfit gym in their area about a month or two before I joined CFNH and that sparked my interest in Crossfit as well.

2.  You've just celebrated your 1-year CrossFit anniversary.  How has your perspective on your workouts and motivation changed over the last year?  What are some of your short-term and long-term goals for 2016?

This past year has been an amazing journey for me as both an athlete and a person. The workouts at CFNH were terrifying when I first started doing class WODs; however, now that I am more proficient in the movements, the workouts have become something of enjoyment, although still challenging!  Within the next few months I hope to be able to do double-unders consistently. My goal for the end of 2016 is to get one strict pull-up!

3.  Humble-brag time.  What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?

Last week I did 5 double-unders in a row!  It was really shocking to me because the week prior I was practicing at home and could not get more than two. During the tabata workout this past week, I gave double-unders a shot and surprised myself with 5 in a row!  Hopefully I can keep that up!

4.  Do you follow any specific diet or regimen to fuel your Athlete of the Month-level CrossFit performance?  What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?

During the week (Monday-Friday) I maintain a low-carb and no alcohol diet.  I consistently eat fresh veggies, fruits and leans meats. Everyday, I always allow myself one sweet treat as I am a definitely a dessert person!  On the weekends I allow myself to eat/drink what I want in moderation. My dream cheat meal would  be a bacon cheeseburger with french fries and ice cream cake for dessert!!

5. Design 2 WODs:  1 that is your bread & butter, filled with your movement strengths; 1 that is all goats (movement weaknesses you feel you need to improve).

WOD 1: I am really good with ab movements thanks to yoga! So my ideal WOD would contain lots of ab work: 8 rounds- 8 weighted Ab mat sit ups, 4 push ups, 30 second plank. WOD 2: Anything with overhead squats and running would be challenging for me: 3 RFT- 15-9-3 OHS and burpees with 200m run in between each round

6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?

When I am not working or doing school work, I am usually spending time with my husband and my family. I enjoy kayaking, paddle-boarding, yoga, winery trips, and just recently found out that I enjoy archery and going to the shooting range!

7. What is one fun fact people may not know about you?

I can do a headstand. (Thanks to Coach JoHannah!)

8.  Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?

Do not get discouraged or upset with yourself when you do not perform as well as you thought you would during any WOD or skill work. Crossfit and CFNH has changed the way in which I view and live life.  A year ago I would have NEVER thought that I could accomplish what I have and I would have been afraid that I would have failed at it. Now, I never let my fear of failure stop me from trying something. Crossfit and the coaches at CNFH have most certainly taught me to always try and never under estimate yourself!

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