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CrossFitter of the Month – February 2015

Hey Folks!

This month we recognize someone who has taken the time to improve their flexibility, stability, and strength over a fair amount of time!  This person has always been super coachable, which has led to numerous PRs and firsts.  We’re lucky to have them as such a great part of our community!  This Month we recognize…




Congrats & Great work!  Here are Shelley’s answers to our questions!

Name: Shelley Swords

Age: 38

Occupation: Real Estate Investor

What was your exercise experience prior to crossfit?  

I played basketball for the Laurentian Lady Vees, Ontario Provincial team and a couple of years in Europe. Life after basketball: running, working out at a regular gym – I enjoyed the group classes ie: Spinning, Zumba, BodyPump…

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How long have you been doing crossfit and why do you choose to crossfit?

I will have been doing CrossFit for 2 years this May. I love CrossFit because I feel like an athlete again. I love being coached, being able to get better at something… at age 38. I love how varied the workouts are and that I never know what I’m going to be doing next.

What is your favorite part about crossfit?

My favourite part about CrossFit is being able to ‘hang out’ – I mean, work out – with the coaches and other athletes at the gym. I enjoy spending time with such positive people. I like how everybody knows each other and gets excited about each other’s success. And it’s FUN!

My other favourite part about CrossFit is the mindset of working out to improve performance and fitness, as opposed to the mainstream idea (for women anyway) of just going to the gym to burn calories. Having two young girls, I want to show them that getting strong and fit is awesome! I’m grateful to be working out alongside lots of excellent role models.


What are the accomplishments you are proud of? (Crossfit or non crossfit related)

CrossFit-wise, I am proud of my last couple months of “firsts”. First Pull-Ups, first Rope Climb, first Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups.   I am proud that I am stronger now and can do things I couldn’t when I was a varsity athlete in my 20’s.

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Not really an ‘accomplishment’, but I am proud of what amazing young ladies my two daughters are becoming. I’m proud of recently completing my MBA, and I’m proud of my decision to start my real estate business so I could have a more flexible schedule to spend more time with my daughters.


Favorite workout or lift?

I like workouts with Double-Unders, now that I can do them. J   I like ‘For Time’ workouts with a set number of rounds, as opposed to AMRAP workouts. My favourite lift is the Clean and Jerk.

Anything else you would like to share please feel free

I’m grateful for all the coaches and athletes I get to work out with every day. Thank you for sharing your awesomeness with me!


Thanks Shelley for all your awesome work in the gym and for being such a great part of our community.