Athlete of the month!
Meet Laura Isaacson! Her and her husband are usually in the evening classes, she has been dedicated to her fitness and setting goals and crushing them. Her most recent accomplishments: strict pull up and 185lb deadlift! Way to go Laura!
How long have you been at CFSWP?
I started with the 6 week series back in April 2017 and was hooked.
What inspired you to start?
I wanted to find something to get my butt in shape. I was tired of being exhausted, out of breath and riddled with anxiety. I needed to find a positive outlet for getting healthy.
My good friend, Joy Bragg, asked me if I wanted to do a 6 week challenge. I had nothing to loose and went for it. I had zero expectations going into it. When I got there and realized it was Crossfit, I remember thinking “what have I gotten myself into? Fudge (sorry Steve, I mean Fuck!”)
What makes you stick with it?
After the six week challenge I made the decision and commitment to myself that I would never go back to the way I was. I felt too good to take ten steps back. I had conquered one of the most difficult hurdles in my life, getting my 35 year old butt in shape.
I love how CF challenges me everyday. Sometimes I go into workouts thinking “how in the world am I going to do this” and leave feeling like I am the most badass mom in Beaverton. I feel strong physically and mentally. I really feel like CF has changed so many things for me in my life. I am more confident, happier and my kids are proud of me.
What’s your favorite movement?
I love handstands and handstand push-ups. I have also become a huge fan of burpees.
What’s your current health- or fitness-related goal?
My current goals are to make it to the gym four times per week and give it my all. I am working on my diet. I am trying to stick to a Paleo diet. I noticed that after my macro plan, I had some weight loss, I was able to run faster with less shortness of breath and able to lift more. I finally did a strict pull up!
What do you do for fun? Anything with my kids. We love to be outside and explore new places. They are both very athletic and we have a lot of fun playing baseball, basketball, football and anything gymnastics.
Any advice for newcomers?
Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated. We are not judging you, we are all cheering you on. The hardest thing to do is to just keep showing up. Give it your all and allow yourself to be vulnerable to learning the movements. It is totally worth it!
Anything else you would like to add? I love the community at Crossfit SW Portland. Everyone is supportive and helpful. Steve and Shannon are incredible, passionate coaches. I am very grateful to have found them and this community. THANK YOU!