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  • Cheri Needham: CrossFit for Life!

    Cheri Needham: CrossFit for Life!

    I started CrossFit at the age of 38. A friend was a member at the time and suggested that I give it a try.

    I met Coach Fabian for my free intro in July 2013. It was a one-on-one session that lasted about an hour. I learned right off the bat how to correct my squat.  Also, I remember parts of that WOD…some box jumps, sit-ups and wall balls for time. After leaving I loved the feeling of the race against the clock.  Having done sports in school, track and softball, I realized how much I missed the competitiveness that sports brought out in me….just a huge rush.  Since then, I have been a full time member of CrossFit Zachary, attending class at least 4 times a week. I have competed in about 8 or 9 CrossFit Competitions. 

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    My first impression was great and has only become better as CrossFit has made me a better person. Not only physically, but also healthier due to the nutrition guidance that’s provided at CFZ.

    In February of 2015 I decided to further my knowledge of CrossFit and complete the Level 1 Trainer’s course. I began an internship for coaching that summer. I would train all the new members through the Foundations Program. A year later, I still love the sport and coaching.  I train incoming athletes through our Foundations course and have several personal training clients.

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     There’s never just one Bright Spot, but the one that stands out the most was during the preparations for the 2014 Crossfit Open. I did 16 double unders in a row.  Double-unders are a battle a lot of athletes encounter. I have since become proficient with them and have a few tricks that have helped several athletes get their double-unders.  My most current Bright Spot/PR is a competition I just finished with my Swole Sister, Kim Lewis, at Summer Partner Throwdown.  With 30 teams in our division, we came out on top! Very proud to have her by my side and share this PR with her!

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    Like I said I’ve entered several competitions through the years and have fallen short of 1st Place. I have always gone in to a competition to have fun and do my best. I have always felt accomplished whether it was 2nd ,3rd or 4th place, but as a competitive athlete, you still strive for number 1.

    I always work on being a better coach and athlete. I am looking forward to getting my Level 2 Training course completed this year. As an athlete, I am working to get my first muscle up on rings or bar. 

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    It’s hard to pick a favorite, but here is a memory that stands out.  It was Oct 31, 2014. The day before my 40th birthday and 6th Wedding Anniversary (yes, I got married on my birthday…LOL)! I was entered in my first Masters’ (ages 40+) Competition at the Deep South Shoot Out. That night, my husband, Curtis, was going to pick my daughter up from a Halloween party so I could sleep before the comp. in the morning. On the way, she called him and said she had broken her arm…..so to keep this short and sweet, I didn’t get to sleep.  We were at the hospital until 4 am. We dropped her off with my mom, grabbed my stuff and drove to Gonzales to get there in time for registration. I fought hard all day, emotionally and physically drained. At the end of the day I knew I could have done better, but due to uncontrollable circumstances, I was just tired to say the least. When the announcer was calling out the winners of my division and called my name for 3rd Place, I was holding back tears. Knowing what I had been through the last 24 hours and still did so well left me with a sense of accomplishment. I believe this was the result of  joining my CrossFit community and it making me a healthier and more fit person to get through that day. With my husband and friends by my side cheering me on, I couldn’t have done it alone. Thanks CFZ and Curtis for being there!

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    Cheri Needham

    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

    If you are interested in starting a CrossFit lifestyle like Coach Cheri, contact us today to set up a free introduction to CrossFit Zachary and we will get you on the way to reaching your goals!

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