Success Story Installement #1: Meet Amy Cole!
We wanted to share Amy's story with you not just because she has a ridiculous before and after photo, but because in our opinion she is an inspiration to all and her positive attitude is contageous! We need to let you get to know her more if you don't already!
Over the past year Amy has not only become a great friend of ours, but she has proven to us that she has what it takes to become a royal BAD ASS. From the first day she walked through out doors, she dove right in to her CrossFit journey and went balls to the wall with determination of reaching her goals and improving her life and well being. She is simply an overall great person with a great attitude, and if you know her, that is no surprise. Amy doesn't complain about much of anything, is always happy to be at the gym, she always encourages others, and is always looking to improve and go forward. I think it is important to note that what makes Amy so awesome is her thrill in sharing her knowledge and motivational attitude with others. During the several challenges we have had, she has been a terrific source of encouragement, positive vibes, and a great resource for delicious recipes she finds! It's also nice when she randomly brings her food to the gym for us to try!
Her greatness extends beyond the gym. If you don't know already, Amy is actively involved with the Luzerne County Pitbull Owners Group. Last year she raised over $1000 for the organization and finds active ways to receive donations, such as participating in the Tough Mudder. It pleases us that she not only loves Pit Bulls (and of course LOVES our Pit Bull Reagan), but it is note worthy to mention that she is also a foster mom to an elderly and kid-spirited sweet Pit Bull, Frannie. Amy's heart is in the right place which is sometimes a rare thing in this world.
It is amazing to see how far Amy has come over the past year. We can only imagine how far she will go, and what the future holds for her. We are so proud of you Amy!
Name: Amy Cole
KCF member since? January, 2012
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit? Well, I can’t sum it up to just once thing – there’s so much I love about it. First of all, it’s never boring & it has been more challenging than anything I’ve ever done, and CrossFit has taught me a lot about myself. There were some tough workouts in the beginning months that made me really dig deep and find out what I’m made of and overcome some of my weaknesses. A killer metabolic conditioning wod is better than an hour on a therapist’s couch!
But what I loved right away was how when I started at KCF I saw how everyone there was at varying levels of ability, strength & shape. I had become so overweight and unfit, and super insecure, when I started CrossFitting at KCF, I never felt judged here or out of place as I had when walking into a health club. I quickly learned that CrossFitters are an awesome group of people. We encourage & cheer each other on. We celebrate each other’s accomplishments, big and small, and we motivate each other to excel. I wasn’t getting any of that emotional support power lifting alone in my basement of trotting on an elliptical in a gym. And finally, I love how CrossFit has changed the shape of my body! No other type of training has done for my body what training 3 days a week at KCF has done.
Hobbies: CrossFit, hiking with my dogs, cooking/baking
What is your favorite wod? Any wod with rowing
Least Favorite wod? Barbara, Lurong Living Kettle bell/Burpee wod
What is your favorite strength? Deadlift
Current CF Goal(s): First is to become more fit (i.e.: lose more weight) and second is to strengthen my arms and shoulders so I can Rx all push-ups and pull-ups in a workout by July 2013.
Biggest CF accomplishment: Sticking with it & not quitting. Historically I have been a great starter and a not-so-great finisher. But CrossFit and KCF are not like any health and fitness avenue I’ve ever embarked on before. I usually look forward to my next day at the box.
What advice would you give to new members and potential members? Be patient and be consistent! Trust the coaches & have faith that changes you want will come! And don’t compare yourself to others. Just give it your all and enjoy the journey!
Favorite thing about the KCF community: Well for one, there’s more going on here than just training together. Tim & Allison host various seminars, teach us about healthy diets and we participate in challenges together. I’m getting so much more than a good workout. But what’s really cool is the great level of camaraderie among us at KCF. I’ve met some great people and formed new friendships here and good times have been had together at various KCF gatherings. We’re a diverse group of people who share a common bond.