This week's Spotlight Athlete is Kyra! Kyra has accomplished so much both mentally, physically, and personally and she has become a much stronger athlete since joining CrossFit Beyond. Read on to learn more about Kyra's super motivating story of success!
When/Why did you first start doing CrossFit?
-I started CrossFit in the winter of my sophomore year at The College of Saint Rose in 2012. My coach of the soccer team at Saint Rose had us train with a local Level 1 coach in Clifton Park two times a week. We learned the basics of squatting, deadlifting, etc. and even did individual and group WODs to compete against one another. I continued to CrossFit at home at CrossFit Rockaway Beach during the summer months and noticed a drastic difference in my performance in overall capacity and strength. Thanks to CrossFit, I felt prepared for my preseason for the junior soccer season. In fact, after my junior season of soccer I decided to quit and started to strictly CrossFit 5-6 times a week. After researching local boxes in the Albany area, I was lucky enough to find CrossFit Beyond.
What fitness activities were you doing before?
-Before CrossFit I was playing soccer at Saint Rose while also going to Best Fitness. I would run and do sprints on the treadmill and do some lifting with dumbbells. Occasionally I would go to some group spinning or cycling classes there as well. In the spring months I would run outside.
What results have you seen since you joined CrossFit Beyond?
-Since joining CrossFit Beyond, I am a happier and stronger person. I was struggling with my self-confidence and mental toughness playing college soccer and deciding to walk away from the team was the best decision I made. CrossFit has filled that competitive void in my life without soccer and made me an overall better athlete. Beyond has especially improved my upper body strength and gymnastics ability. CrossFit training finally helped me get my first strict pullup! My endurance levels have also increased. I continue to increase weight in my lifts, thanks to the awesome programming by Joy.
What do you like most about CrossFit Beyond?
-I love the community and welcoming atmosphere that Beyond has. I like the competitive nature and I love that everyone is making each other better. I look forward to working out every day, as CrossFit Beyond is often my happy place J.
Oh, and I am so thankful to have met my person, Kristi, at Beyond. She makes me a better athlete and person every single day. I am lucky to have someone who motivates me like she does. Hopefully she won’t be too mad when she reads this…
What is your favorite CF exercise? Your least favorite?
-I like a lot of CrossFit exercises, basically anything involving moving weight quickly. My top favorites would have to be squats, handstand push-ups, cleans of any kind, and pull-ups. My least favorites are gymnastics based (ring/bar muscle ups, and handstand walks) and also snatches; I don’t work on them as much as I should!
What CF accomplishment are you currently most proud of?
- I’m most proud of getting one bar muscle up in my second attempt during the 2016 Open.
What CF goal are you working towards?
-Since starting CrossFit I have always wanted to have a 250# back squat. I am aiming to accomplish that this summer! I would also like to get one ring muscle up soon.