As a new CrossFit Box, we are all getting to know each other and building that tight community we always envisioned. Each month we will be profiling a CrossFit Grail Athlete that is interesting and inspirational. A person that demonstrates a positive attitude, shows up every day and puts their heart and soul into their workout, never gives up, and cheers everyone on. And someone who is pretty cool! Although we think everyone brings all these things to the table, we can only pick one.
September 2017 Athlete of the Month: Michelle Cregger
Why we chose Michelle: Michelle joined CrossFit Grail with our first 6-Week BootCamp challenge on June 3, 2017. When I interviewed Michelle for the challenge, she said she was coming from Castle Rock but still wanted to join. She took on the challenge with gusto and enthusiasm, losing 10 lbs of body fat in the process. The last week of the challenge, Michelle went through our On Ramp course. Since then, Michelle brought her husband, Michael, with her to also go through On Ramps and join the Grail. Michelle now sometimes does both a CrossFit and a BootCamp workout in the same day, is willing to try anything, and has made ‘gains’ in almost everything. Michelle is also super-positive, supportive of others in the community, and shares how she uses her fitness outside of the gym.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born in Florida and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville…GO GATORS! I moved to Colorado in 1992 and finished my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Colorado Denver. I am 46 years old and now live in Castle Rock, CO. I am married to Michael and we have a blended family with 3 kids, Brian 33, Rachael 30, and Kaylyn 16. We also have two granddaughters, 2 dogs and 3 cats. I am a Dyslexia Therapist and I work from home with students one-on-one. Previously, I was a Special Education teacher in the public school system for 15 years. In my spare time, our family plays coed volleyball together in Parker. We all love to watch our younger daughter Kaylyn play high school and club volleyball. I started my first vegetable garden this year and really enjoy all of that.I volunteer (and train future volunteers) at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock which is a part of the Dumb Friends League. As a family we enjoy fundraising events like Mudd Volleyball for March of Dimes and Crawl for Cancer.
How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
I have only been doing CrossFit for a couple of months. I saw an ad pop up on my Facebook page about a “6 week New You Challenge”. I had no idea what CrossFit was but I am always up for a challenge! I had some fitness goals in mind but didn’t know what to do to get there. I was looking forward to 6 weeks of workouts to gain the motivation to reach those goals.
What did you do for your fitness before CrossFit?
I took up running a few years ago. I did an occasional 5K for fun and even a triathlon super sprint. Other than that, and playing volleyball once a week, I wasn’t getting a lot of exercise.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
There are so many things I love about CrossFit, including the perpetual state of soreness! Te coaches are fantastic…they all have their own style and the ability to motivate me to push hard and do just one more rep! Somehow, they see things in me that I didn’t know were there…mental and physical strength! I love how all the athletes are so supportive of one another. I also appreciate how all the workouts are different every time I go so it is never boring! People ask me all the time why I drive so far to do Crossfit at Crossfit Grail and I tell them it’s the community…I’m hooked on the people!
How has doing CrossFit changed your life outside of the Box?
I am learning that I can do just about anything if I work hard and put my mind to it. I have accomplished more physically in the last two months than I ever have. I am stronger than I have ever been in my life! Who knew that the 46-year-old-me would be doing wall walks…and push-ups and box jumps for that matter! My confidence and self-image are much improved. And I feel good that I am setting a good example for my family.
What motivates you to keep WOD-ing?
The coaches point out and remind me of the progress I have made. I feel stronger than ever and see a difference in my body and on the scale! I know it is making a difference in so many areas of my life!
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
I always want to set a good example for my daughter…you can do anything! Whether it’s designing a garden and sprinkler system, getting a college degree or two, starting a business, or doing CrossFit – if you want it bad enough then set goals, work hard, and watch the magic happen.
What is YOUR QUEST?
This month: I would like to shed a few more pounds and finally be able to do a real pull-up!
This year: Get organized and set some goals to help my husband get closer to retirement.
This lifetime: Help others improve their health and wellness. Retire with my husband so we can travel!