Brooke Erickson|May Member of the Month

 

For May’s Member of the Month, this might have been the longest CrossFitter we have ever had! Congratulations to Brooke Erickson who we picked for May!

I love when it’s time to feature an athlete at Cascade for Member of the Month because I feel like I know so much about so many of our members, but then I realize how much I don’t know! And so many cool things about Brooke that just reinforce why she is an awesome choice!

What has stood out to us about Brooke is her drive to push herself in workouts, but with working through previous injuries, she is always smart yet still knows how to challenge herself. One of the hardest parts of CrossFit is listening to your body, and I think she is inspiring just for that reason alone that she can approach workouts so smart. The other thing that stands out about Brooke is her passion for health. It doesn’t stop at the gym with Brooke. I love how she is such an amazing example of living a healthy lifestyle, and I have already learned so much from her! I definitely encourage you to chat with her if you have specific health concerns. She’s such a wealth of knowledge.

Check out her story and congratulations you stud!!

Wow, what a nice surprise to be chosen as Member of the Month! I’m so appreciative for the recognition among such a great group of athletes. I have been doing Crossfit for almost 9 years now and it has definitely been a big part of my life during that time. I always found gyms to be extremely boring, so it took some convincing to get me to try it, but I’m so glad that I did because it was anything but boring and exactly what I needed.

I have always been an athlete and grew up playing soccer and then switched to volleyball, which quickly became my favorite sport. After high school, I played beach volleyball in San Diego for a couple of years and then in some co-ed leagues when I lived in Denver. When I moved back to Seattle I joined a YMCA and barely went except for on nights they had open volleyball, which I lost interest in because it was not very competitive. Thankfully, this is when I found Crossfit.

Around the same time I started Crossfit I became really passionate about health and nutrition and decided to go back to school. I studied nutrition at Bastyr University and then continued on to get my master’s in human nutrition and functional medicine.  I now have my own functional nutrition practice, NourishThrive, and it feels amazing to be helping others on their health journey. I look at nutrition, exercise/movement, sleep, stress/relaxation, and relationships when I’m working with a client, so it’s been great to be able to use my experience with Crossfit in my practice. I encourage my clients to incorporate high-intensity interval training (HIIT) whenever possible no matter what may be high-intensity for them. There are so many health benefits associated with HIIT - I especially like its effect on the brain!

I love being part of the Crossfit community and I’m so happy that I found a gym that continues to challenge me. I love feeling strong and the sense of accomplishment at the end of a workout. The coaches at Cascade are so encouraging and I really appreciate their knowledge and genuine desire to see members achieve their goals. More than anything though, I am so grateful for all of the friends that I have made over the past 9 years. The people are really what make Crossfit great.