Athlete Profile:  Laura M.

Today’s Workout
Three rounds for time of:
48 Squats
24 Push ups
12 Pull ups
6 Handstand Push ups


I’d like to start this profile with a little story… about two weeks ago, Laura took on “Annie” at CFLA and decided to do the sit-ups “with gusto” on the Glute-Ham Developers. Well, “Annie” and the GHD’s won… they didn’t stop her from finishing, but with the amount of trauma that 150 GHD sit-ups caused within her body, she was in the hospital two days later with Rhabdo. (PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: reminder for all – what we do can be dangerous; it’s SERIOUS – and when we say to take it slowly, we’re really not kidding!)

Cut to today, two weeks later to the day. Laura faced her fears and came back for class at 1pm. Scared, yes, but back nonetheless, taking on today’s WOD as only she can. Life is less about avoiding the bumps in the road than it is about how you handle them when they throw you off your ride. Laura is a great example of resilience, courage and determination. She inspired the heck out of me today, showing up and climbing back aboard. I am certain that in almost no time, she’ll be training again with the same spirit that she’s had since the first day she joined us at CFLA. Welcome back, Laura!


Hometown: San Antonio, Tx
Age: 30
When did you first start CrossFitting?: November, 2010
When did you first start training at CFLA?: November, 2010
Favorite WOD: “Nutts”
Least Favorite WOD: “Helton”

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I played a little soccer early on in high school but stopped per my parents request to focus more fully on my studies. After that, sports played a very little role in my life. I always wanted to join in but felt nervous about not being able to keep up. I started running and hiking daily a few years ago but those were also shelved recently when I took a job on location.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? While on location in Atlanta, my friends who were all stuntmen started taking Crossfit classes to supplement their workouts. These were extremely fit individuals that kept coming back beaten half to death. It intimidated me but, needless to say, I was intrigued. It took a while for me to build up the courage after I got home but after a bit a research I found CFLA and decided it was time to stop making excuses. Back then, even the baseline wrecked me. The exact details of my first WOD are a blur but my flashbacks include cleans, burpees, squats and A LOT of pain. Call me a masochist, but I was hooked.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? My shoulders are slowly becoming awesome and I love it. Overall, I’m stronger and faster and in much better shape than I’ve ever been in my life.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? It’s funny, before I started doing Crossfit, my world was dominated by the scale. I constantly checked to make sure I hadn’t gone over some insane “standard” and I sometimes made poor choices to ensure I fit into that ridiculous ideal. Now, I could care less what the scale says. I’ve actually gained weight from when I started but know I’m getting leaner since my skinny jeans fit again and, bonus, I’m getting stronger (FYI, muscles are fricking AWESOME and also dead-sexy). I have so much more confidence now and it extends into everything I do. I no longer get by with a “what if i can’t do it?” attitude but instead tackle the obstacles ahead of me with an, “it might scare me but go hard or go home” mentality. I’m no longer afraid to push myself.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFLA moments: Going toe-to-toe with my friend during bring-a-friend days. Cutting my baseline time by 5 mins. Letting Jonesy convince me that I could do 55lbs for the 330 prelim and then actually doing it. Wrecking my shins during a failed box jump, taking a breather and then jumping right back up.

Any advice for people just getting started? Most of these workouts are scary as hell but sense of accomplishment you get when you conquer one totally outweighs any inhibitions you may have. Keep at it, work harder than you thought possible and get to know your fellow athletes. The results will speak for themselves.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I’m an avid hiker and love to dance. I’m a novice surfer and generally enjoy anything that involves some sort of risk of bodily harm. I enjoy reading and watching movies. I make a bomb apple pie.

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