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February Athlete of the Month: Becca Lopez

When did you start doing CrossFit? 

Andrew and I were members at the YMCA back in 2011 when he said “Hey, I’ve got a workout for us to try!”  We would piece together what WODs we could from crossfit.com before officially joining a Crossfit gym in December of 2011.

Favorite WOD?

Jackie, Annie (on days my DU’s are working), or maybe Grace

Least Favorite WOD? 
The only WOD I’ve never finished…Kalsu  🙁

Favorite Lift? 

Deadlifts #1 with Power Cleans being a close 2nd

Least favorite lift?

 Anything strictly upper body like bench press or strict presses.  

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.). 

Andrew and I have been together for 15 years (married for almost 7) and I’m a Mom to two amazing little boys, Gabriel (4) and Alexander (1).  I started working for State Farm’s Corporate office right out of college in 2005 and am still there today. Hobbies include reading, eating good food, family time, the occasional nap, and organizing just about anything.  

What were you doing before CrossFit? 

I was a Body Pump regular and running about 9-12 miles per week.  

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? 

“Why in the hell is there no heat in this gym?”  Actually, that may have been after that particular gym’s Intro to CF class where they review the major movements and tell you all the things that aren’t Paleo. I left hungry and cold, but decided that if my husband was going to join the “cult”, then I guess I had to join with him.  

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? 

Keep up and don’t look stupid.  I’m the kind of person that wants to be able to do everything the very first day, so my list of goals was a mile long.  I remember desperately wanting to do a box jump but was too scared to even jump up on the 12” practice boxes they had.

Have you achieved any of those goals? 

Yes and more!  It wasn’t until after coming back to CF from my 1st pregnancy that I really got into tracking my progress.  Once I saw how much stronger I was becoming, it became an addiction to always get better. The think the thing I love most about these workouts is the possibility of continuous improvement.  You’re never done.  Once you can Rx the weight/movement, it’s time to try to do it faster. 

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? 

The lines are so blurred now, I don’t know where I’ve met people first – gym, church, neighborhood – it’s all one big group now!  I love the “Family” atmosphere of our gym.  

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here? 

All the firsts – box jump, T2B, pull-up, rope climb…I can remember exactly where I was for each one.  Those are magical days!

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Cumming Strength and Fitness?

Even on days you don’t feel like coming to the gym, go.  You’ll never leave the gym feeling worse than when you came. Also, track your progress!  At first, I felt like scaling a workout meant I wasn’t working out as hard, but that’s absolutely not true. Each time you realize you no longer have to scale a particular movement, it’s a celebration!

Something you might not know about me is? 

Andrew and I were sitting around bored playing the slots at the Palms several years ago.  Snoop Dogg walks by with his entourage.  I run up and ask him for a picture and he nods yes.  **poses for picture with Snoop**  Guess who forgot to buy a memory card for their brand new camera they bought just for their first trip

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