Congratulations to Ali Hansen who we have selected as October's Member of the Month! Ali has been long deserving of a little extra spotlight because this woman is one of the most consistent, driven, and determined ladies! Ali has always worked her butt off to do her absolute best in workouts and all the hard work she has put in has turned her into quite a stud!!
Ali has always been pretty dang strong but in the last several months, this lady has even made more of a transformation. She has accomplished amazing skills like kipping pull ups and bar muscle ups, but also has been PR'ing her lifts and workouts like a mad woman. It definitely shows what you can start achieving when you push yourself and set your mind to something.
Ali (who has also has perfected the skill of socializing ;-)) is such a huge part of Cascade. I really can't imagine if she weren't a part of the 6:30 class...it would be so different. Ali has such a kind and giving heart, is goofy, and is so welcoming to new people when they come in. All of which help make our Cascade community the amazing community we are so fortunate to have.
I love what Ali writes below about being a role model for her kids....and how much this has helped her grow as a person that extends outside the gym. Girl, we are insanely proud of you and can't imagine this gym without you in it!
Here is what Ali had to say, take a moment and check it out!
Thank you so much for choosing me as member of the month! I am a self admitted CrossFit geek and love all things CrossFit...following the athletes on social media, competing in the Open, strategizing about my next WOD, and the Games are like Christmas to me!! But I wasn't always so CrossFit crazy...
Before becoming a member I nannied and would drop off my kiddos at Cascade. I never knew what exactly was going on but I knew my boss was hooked (thanks Kelley Fisher ;-) ) and it seemed like a really welcoming place with great people!! So fast forward to 3 months after I had my second child and I was looking to get the most effective workout in a limited amount of time being a mom of two toddlers. I decided I'd try CrossFit and knew Cascade was where I wanted to do it. It wasn't long before I figured out that Cascade was someplace really special!! The coaches know what they're talking about and push you to be your best. The members at Cascade are also second to none! Everyone is down to earth, hard working, and so friendly. Totally my kind of people!!
More recently I have really honed in my eating in order to get the most out of my WODs. I have dropped 35 pounds since March, set new PRs, and mastered skills that seemed unreachable before. As a mom I sometimes feel like I am running from one thing to the next but I live for the gym because of the sense of accomplishment I get from pushing myself in the gym. If I don't complete a single task at home but I finished a WOD that wrecked me then it was a good day!!
Like I said I am a mega geek when it comes to CrossFit and as we all know, the first rule of CrossFit is to always talk about CrossFit. But in all seriousness, my favorite thing about this sport is the way it changes lives for the better. I am healthier, stronger, more confident, and better prepared for life in general because of the things I do in the box. I am also a better role model to my kids, showing them that it's important to take care of your body and push yourself out of your comfort zone or you'll never know what you're capable of. I love that CrossFit is for everyone and no matter what your fitness level we can all WOD together!!
Thank you Cascade for the honor and thank you for being the kind of place where the possibilities seem limitless as to where I can go on this fitness journey. Can't wait to see what the next level is for me!!