Congratulations to Paige Naugher for being selected as November 2017 Athlete of the Month. Paige worked out through her entire third pregnancy and jumped right back into it, making all suggested modifications along the way and NEVER making excuses. Paige always strives to get better and isn’t ashamed to ask for help or advice. She is setting such an amazing example for her children and for all of us, simply by showing up (usually with two to three kids). She always makes time in her busy schedule to come in and work hard! Her presence and positive attitude are such an inspiration to all. For those reasons and many more she is deserving of Athlete of the Month.
Started CrossFit: I showed up for my first “on ramp” class in November of 2015 at our YMCA in North Carolina.
Favorite WOD: Of the named ones, probably Barbara, but I love WODs that have running (200-800) before and after some other movements.
Least Favorite WOD: Diane
Favorite Lift: Back squat
Least Favorite Lift: Snatch. That’s just dumb.
Story: The truth is y’all should be very suspicious of this “athlete of the month” thing. I’ve hardly been a devoted Mission Athlete especially the past few months. I started CrossFit once I was cleared for exercise after delivering Luke (our two year old) then we moved to San Antonio and between the two of us, Lane and I visited most of the boxes south of 1604. We joined Mission because Lane liked it best and they had a space where we could corral our kids.
I’ve since been working out here for a year, delivered our third baby, Ben, and this place has become way more than a space to corral the kids. I’m so inspired by you people… you high schoolers who come for a study break and a challenge, you parents of school age children who are making time to devote to your own health and fitness instead of being consumed by their schedules and needs, you young professionals who arrive before or after long stressful work hours, you masters athletes who see age as just a number and are in better shape now than previous decades, you with special needs children who come for a moment to breathe, you who have high fitness goals and must train hard every single day to attain them. Each and every person I’ve met here has a unique story to which I only know a small piece but is so inspiring. I basically limp in to the gym each day dragging a two year old, chasing a five year old and pushing/nursing/carrying an infant. I spend the first five minutes getting everyone settled and then sometimes have to pop back over there to resettle everyone who has somehow lost their $@%+ in the last fifteen minutes since our arrival. I’m weak at most all CrossFit lifts and struggle with all gymnastics moves, I get self conscious about sharing scores/times, I worry about leaving the kids for the hour, I have a million excuses, but then I get on the floor and I see you guys. I’m reminded that we all have our weaknesses, struggles, stresses, etc but if you guys can go out there and crush your goals then I can give my all for 50 min.
So you’re my story! And don’t even get me started on my husband who’s the real reason I started CrossFit. He should be getting this award! You’d probably like that because he would never write this much. In conclusion, I swear I’m trying to get there on time and count my macros and track my lifting goals and log my WODs and do all the mobility stuff, but for now I’m just able to show up, work out, and watch you guys crush it! Thanks.