OCF Member of the Month – May 2017

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May 2017

Manal has been a member since our 21 for 21 offer last summer. Over the past couple of months she has really committed herself to the gym, her health, and her nutrition. It has paid off dividends!

She recently completed the 5-week nutrition challenge with Coach Becca and lost close to 10 pounds and body-fat percentage went down! She chose to continue working with Becca after the challenge one on one to keep progressing towards her goals.

On top of her nutrition game being stepped up, Manal has been stepping it up in classes too. She comes in each day and is always willing to try new things, push her limits on the weight she is lifting, and get out of her comfort zone.

If you put everything you can into your goals, you won’t be disappointed in what you get out of it. Manal has been doing just that, and we are excited to see where her hard work takes her in the future. So happy to have her as part of the #ocffam!

Get to know Manal!

1. When did you start CrossFit and why?
I started with the 21 for 21 group back in Sept of 2016. I had been practicing yoga regularly for over a year and loved it but despite that I had reached a record high in my weight and I felt and looked out of shape. It seemed that everyone around me was taking yoga as a supplement to their regular work out. I decided I needed to rethink what I was doing as clearly it was not working. I knew I liked working with weights, I knew I didn’t want to go back to my local gym and I loved how bodybuilders looked. I didn’t really know what CrossFit was at the time but I knew it involved weight training and each person I talked to at OHCF every step of the way was knowledgable and friendly and that held and appeal.

2. What time of day do you come in?
I’m usually in at 6:30. When I work from home I’ll come in at 5:30. I used to come in every Saturday and Sunday but I have recently rethought my plan of action and decided I’m going to be doing three days on and one day off, per cross fit recommendations.

3. What is one type of movement you hate and one you love?
I don’t like to think of the movements as those I hate or love but more as areas of opportunity. I think if you get in the mindset of hating something you may be avoiding the very thing you need.

4. Any big goal(s) set for the next year?
I’m making good progress with OHCF so I want to continue to get stronger, faster and change my body composition. As far as life outside CrossFit , I would love to move to the South I don’t know if it’ll happen within the year but it is a goal.

5. Name an athlete that inspires you and why.  (Does not have to be a CrossFitter)
I think the women in my age group, the 40/50 somethings, inspire me those such as Barb, Ali and others…they look awesome and are so very good at this…I can relate to them and would like to be just as good.

6. Tell us one fun fact about you.
I used to be a yoga teacher

7. You were left on a deserted island.  What one food and thing (i.e. book, music player, etc…) would you want to be left with you?
I don’t know how long I will be on this island, hopefully not long, but I will take a book probably the Game of Thrones and a pizza.

8. How has CrossFit helped you in sports? Life?
I think CrossFit has helped me realize that if you put in the work you will see results, so never give up.

9. How have workouts changed for you over the years?
I’ve tried just about every workout no matter how brief. I’ve always enjoyed going to the gym getting on the treadmill for a half hour and alternating upper body with lower body weight training days. Then I discovered a love for Eastern philosophy and that led me to become more involved in yoga but then I found CrossFit and the rest is as they say is history.

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