Teresa Watts exemplifies the athlete of the month at CFPP. She NEVER shies away from a workout. Whatever it calls for, she will do it. Her consistency, enthusiasm and constant progress makes her a standout among the athletes at CFPP. She does every WOD until the very end, refusing to cut corners, making every rep count. These are the virtues of a true CFPP AOM, and we’re thrilled to recognize Teresa. Here are a few words from the Athlete herself:
How I was introduced to CrossFit: I was introduced to CrossFit by my son Mike Watts. He and my family gave me the On-Ramp class for Mother’s Day 2011. They called it a gift, I called it an intervention. Some of my friends thought I should be insulted, but I looked at it as a chance to start a new journey.
I think I have been stiff and sore since I started in May, but I knew after my first week in On-Ramp that I was hooked. It has been great having a different connection with my kids. I love that Mike and Samantha a)won’t let me slack off, b)encourage me like everyone else and c)aren’t embarrassed to let me work out with them even when I come in last and have a bright red face. I love that my husband and youngest son Andrew support me by giving me the time I need to go and work out.
My favorite WOD/exercise is: Backsquats, Kettlebell Swings and 10lb Wall Balls. At 10lbs, Wall Balls are fun. At 12, not so much. At 14, they are a face smasher.
My nemesis exercise is: Anything with the word “clean” in it, (Power “clean”, Squat “clean”, etc.) burpees and double unders.
My favorite cheat food is: Ice Cream without a doubt. One of my most difficult moments was going to Ben and Jerry’s with my family and getting….nothing.
My proudest accomplishment is: Doing a box jump on the medium box! It doesn’t sound like much but considering it took me months before I would even try the small box, it felt like summiting a mountain to jump those 20inches and stand on top.
My six month goal is: The first goal that I set with Alicia was to lose 50 lbs by my birthday in November. She has given me so much encouragement and kept me accountable along the way. I can’t deny I was a little bummed that I was 3 lbs short of my goal, but Alicia helped me focus on the results, not the number or the date. I am really happy with the results.
My next goal? 1 unassisted pullup and/or a rope climb. Either one would be great!
If I created a WOD and named it after myself, the workout would be:
10 Wall Balls
15 Kettle Bell swings
10 Box Jumps
What I love most about CrossFit Power Performance:
I heard someone at CFPP say, “Alicia Drew, changing lives” and it is absolutely true. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious! My first workouts with her were eye opening to how far I had to go. I laugh to myself now when I think about how much I struggled those first weeks (I could barely strap my feet in the rower) and yet all I have ever felt from Alicia has been encouragement and a drive to succeed. Who can help but smile when you hear her say “Hello sunshine!”
You can’t talk about CrossFit without mentioning the community. I don’t think I really understood that at first. Athletes of all ages and skill levels encourage each other to do their best. Trainers that work with you at your skill level and keep you accountable. Genuine, heartfelt encouragement….awesome.
CrossFit for me has been a reawakening and it has kept me sane and energized during a transitional period of my life. After all, it’s hard to worry about anything other than just breathing during some of the WOD’s. I love the workouts and am completely addicted.