It’s hard not to miss the amazing growing belly (it’s a girl) on Melisa! Although you would never guess given her dedication to continuing CrossFit and kicking ass every WOD! That’s why Melisa is our Female Athlete of the Month for July!

CFB: Tell us about yourself (family, job, sports, interests etc)?

Devon and I moved to Ballwin in November of 2016 from Springfield, MO.  We were ready to be closer to my family so we could eventually start a family of our own.  Boy we were not expecting our little family to grow so fast. ☺  Our first little blessing is on the way.  She is expected to be here September 23rd.  She has already changed our lives so much!

CFB: When did you start CrossFit?
Devon and I have been married 5 years.  The year we got married, Devon asked what I wanted for my birthday, well of course, I wanted to start crossfit and for him to join me.  That is when I found my passion for crossfit.  From that point forward, crossfit has been a staple in my life (a different story for Devon).  We were a part of the Crossfit Springfield community until we moved here.  I learned to love the excitement to compete in competitions.  I have competed in 8 competitions over the last 2 years.  It is amazing what someone can do when adrenalin is ramped up.  Standing on the podium made me realize all of the hard work does pay off.

CFB: What were you thinking/feeling after your first CrossFit WOD?

It’s amazing how a workout of only a few minutes can kick your butt so much!

CFB: What is your favorite WOD?

Generally any WOD we get to move around some weight is a favorite.  A recent favorite would be ground to overhead, where every minute we added a rep until we couldn’t complete the reps during the minute.  It was fun to push and keep adding reps.

CFB: Least favorite WOD?

Least favorite WOD would be the first time I used an assault bike.  It was a partner workout of 21/15/9 reps of thrusters and burpees (which doesn’t sound too bad), but while partner A was doing their 21 thrusters and burpees, partner B was doing max calories on the bike, then switch.  The score was the total calories.  Talk about a leg burner!

CFB: What is your favorite WOD song?

I do not have a favorite WOD song; anything that is up-beat.  It is hard to work out to Johnny Cash. ☺

CFB: Do you ever get competitive with each other in WODs?

I tend to get competitive with myself a lot.  I like to see how far I can push my limits.

CFB: What is your favorite quote?

Live Life to the Fullest

CFB: What is something about you that your fellow members wouldn’t know?

I grew up in Farmington, MO and worked at Better Bodies Fitness for 5 years.  There I found a love for fitness and helping people.  That was my favorite job.  I loved helping people with their workouts and reaching their goals. Why I went to college for Accounting is beyond me.  Once I was finished with my accounting degree, my first job out of college was TERRIBLE!  At that point I knew, I could not do that for the rest of my life.  I went back to college for a Masters of Health Administration and ended up in Human Resources.  I still get to help people just not with their fitness needs.

CFB: How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

For me, working out is a stress reliever and a necessity. With all the craziness at work and home, CrossFit helps me keep my sanity!

CFB: If you could write a WOD tailored to you, what would it be?

A WOD tailored for me would be any rep scheme that includes power cleans or clean and jerks, as well as double unders.  Clean and Jerks are my favorite. ☺

CFB: What is your favorite thing about CFB?

I love CFB!  The community is fantastic!  The members and coaches are my favorite.  Walking into a new gym can be intimidating, but everyone is so kind and accepting.  We have felt welcomed since day 1.