March – Cherry Prailleau
Member of the Month:
Cherry was one of my first 101 attendees here at CrossFit Alpharetta. I could tell there was something special about her right away. She jumped head first into the lifestyle and hasn’t looked back! Her results speak for themselves. Cherry stays after class to work on skills and is always looking to improve. She completely changed her diet and constantly comments on how good she feels. Each time she comes to the gym I see her grow emotionally and physically and I’m proud to have her as our member of the month for March!
– Coach Justin
What got you into CrossFit?
I had gained a substantial amount of weight and struggled on a daily to find clothes in my clothes to fit me so after months of frustration and disgust; I finally decided it was time to do something. In doing so, I saw a Groupon for a kickboxing class that I signed up for and figured that would be a great way to “try” new things without having to commit. Then one day while talking to an acquaintance from church about my weight frustrations and how I was on a quest to get ”my sexy back” when he mentioned a Groupon for CrossFit that he purchased but wouldn’t be able to use because of his hectic schedule. So, instead of having it go to waste, he offered it to me as a gift, of which I hesitantly accepted. Now, I say hesitantly accepted because I didn’t have a clue to what CrossFit was or what I was about to get myself into but after researching on the web (and being terrified of what I saw on the web) I eventually got over my fears, called to make my first appointment and walked into the box. (As for Kickboxing, well after my Groupon expired I never looked back)
What changes have you noticed since starting CrossFit?
- I notice that I’ve gone from the daily struggles of trying to find clothes in my closet to fit me to the daily struggles of trying to keep clothes from falling off of me since dropping almost two pant sizes.
- I notice that I’ve gone from wishing to have the two letters PR and RX next to my name to accomplishing having those two letters next to my name. Plus an added bonus of making the Leaders Board List for the 2000K Row, which wasn’t even on my wish list but I’ll take it.
- I notice that I’ve gone from not being able to do double unders to now to being able to do double unders. My next goal is to be able to do at least 15-20 unbroken.
- I’ve noticed that since I changed over to the Paleo died that I am not as sickly as I once was, nor do I struggle with my allergies, chronic sinusitis and asthma as much as I used to in the past. In giving up “junk food” I became more aware of certain food intolerances and discovered that most of my illnesses were related to what I was putting in my body. So, I’ve been trying to live an 80/20 Paleo lifestyle but my next goal is to reach for at least 90/10 because I do see that it has makes a total difference in my performances during a WOD and my health. The list could go on but those are just a few of my CrossFit milestones so with all that being said overall I’m happier, healthier, and stronger and excited about my CrossFit journey.
What do you enjoy most about CrossFit Alpharetta?
I really enjoy the coaches, the people and the supportive community environment. I feel as if I’ve gained a few big brothers and sisters who have kindly adopted me ever since I’ve walked into CrossFit Alpharetta. Their taking special interest in me and sharing of their time, talents and strengths to help me grow is what I admire most about them. I believe they invest in me because they see how much progress I’ve made and genuinely want to see me become a better CrossFitter. They each are special to me in their own way and have inspired me so much that I can only hope that one day I’ll inspire others the way they have inspired me.
What do you find to be the biggest challenge with CrossFit?
Everything about CrossFit is a challenge for me especially because I’m asthmatic so my breathing and endurance sucks. I’ve learned that as a precaution to just take a few puffs of my inhaler before the WOD begins helps to prevent any exercise-induced symptoms. Now, I’m not saying that if I didn’t have asthma that it would be any easier because that would be a lie, the #$#% is HARD! But, I’m doing it and that’s all that matters to me.
What is your favorite movement and why?
Deadlifts – Because the fact that I can lift something above and beyond my own body weight makes me feel like a bad ass!!
Anything you would like to add/say?
I have to say thank you to Justin for not only being such an awesome Coach but a good person. I am grateful to him because when I went to him last year to explain that my contract for my assignment would be ending and that I may not be able to renew my membership since I would be jobless. He simply said “keep coming and we’ll work it out”, that showed me that it wasn’t just about a monthly membership fee but that he cared about me as a person and saw the progress I was making because of CrossFit. You wouldn’t get that kind of support and understanding from a ‘regular gym’ but that’s what makes him and this community so special.
Also, I’d like to add that CrossFit was one of the biggest blessings in disguise for me because I didn’t plan on moving pass those 25 classes. I figured I would complete the courses and then move on to my next Groupon fitness adventure (which was Zumba lol); now I’m not downing Zumba or any other fitness program, I just realized that they aren’t for me anymore. I prefer lifting heavy barbells, bruises on my body, calluses on my hands, and being pushed when I’m beyond exhausted to complete a WOD no matter how much I want to give up. It may sound corny but I never imagined a life with CrossFit, now I can’t imagine my life without it. I’ve drank the Kook-Aid and I love it!!