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CrossFitter of the Month – August 2014

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Hey Folks!

This month we’re proud to recognize someone who has been putting in the hard work consistently for over a year with us.  This person has worked through old injuries, flexibility and has built up some serious strength!  Known to add in an extra little WOD or challenge here and there you likely have been inspired to join in – July’s CrossFitter of the month is…[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3820″ css_animation=”appear” alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Mel C!  Here are Mel’s answers to our questions!  Thanks for filling them out Mel!

Name: Melanie Cropp

Age: 29

Occupation: Security Officer/Supervisor

What was your exercise experience prior to crossfit?
I played footy (soccer!) for Bradford City WFC for 16 years prior to Crossfit. As a soccer player, especially in England, I spent as little time working on my fitness and most of my time working on my pool skills and darts game in the pub after the match. I also took part in a few long distance charity bike rides, which also had me spending lots of time in the pub so it’s safe to say my fitness prior to Crossfit was purely social. In 2010 I had major knee surgery which ended my soccer “career” and also got me rethinking life in general, during my recovery I decided I was going to move to Canada to join my family who had made the move 4 years earlier. I joined a globo gym to get my fitness back on track but it didn’t take me long to get bored of the same workouts in Body Pump. I needed a change, and I needed to feel part of a team again.

How long have you been doing crossfit and why do you choose to crossfit?
This August marks my 1st anniversary of doing crossfit. I was first introduced to crossfit by my sister, Caroline who joined a box in Bradford, England. As her younger sister I have copied her my whole life so why stop now!! In June of last year she came to visit and showed me some basic crossfit workouts that kicked my butt, I loved it! I then watched an old friend and former team-mate be crowned Fittest Woman on Earth at the 2013 Crossfit Games and I thought “I want to try that for real.” I walked through the doors of Crossfit Sudbury shortly afterwards and haven’t looked back! I can honestly say it has changed my life.

 [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3821″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]What is your favorite part about crossfit?
Hands down my favourite part of crossfit is the positive attitude it breeds within you. I understand now how much being positive about every aspect of your life is important in the road to being successful.

What are the accomplishments you are proud of? (Crossfit or non crossfit related)
Here come a lot of clichés… I’m proud of the life I’ve created for myself, I have clear goals that I want to achieve and I’m enjoying the journey I’m on to get there. As for crossfit, I’m proud of myself for never giving up, there are movements I cannot do yet and I’ve been whipped so many times in so many places (sometimes inappropriate!!!) trying to do DUs but I know one day, as long as I keep putting in the hard work, I will be able to do the things I can’t.

Favorite workout or lift?
I enjoy Clean & Jerks and the Snatch, I always want to try and improve them.
My favourite kinds of workouts are the ones that are varied and intense; the ones that make you make sweat angels!!

Anything else you would like to share please feel free  
a HUGE thank you to the coaches and to everyone who makes Crossfit Sudbury magic!

Thank you Mel for all the awesome energy you bring to the gym!  Congrats from the CrossFit Sudbury Team :)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]