Athlete Spotlight: Ankit

Athlete Spotlight - Ankit

What brought you to CrossFit ETown?

 It had been close to two months since I had moved to Evanston from the city and hadn’t found a good gym yet. In between working full-time and attending school I found myself losing my health, gaining weight. I always liked working in group settings and wanted to find a place where I could be committed and motivated enough to show up even with all the excuses around. I did a yelp search and found Cross Fit-Etown would be the only gym with great reviews and could also suit my schedule. So I signed up for 101.

What was your first impression?

 I was in the waiting area at around 6:15 am Monday morning my first day, and I heard the sounds of barbells up and down the floor. It was a full house that day. While it was a little intimidating, it looked fun at the same time. I was immediately impressed by great coaches and their knowledge and patience during 101. The CrossFit community at ETown is genuinely caring, and helpful. Almost every single member came up to help/assist/guide me when they saw me struggling. I knew I had chosen the right place to start working out.

What are you currently working on?

 I am working on commitment. My goal is to show up at least 5-6 times a week. If I could get those pull-ups, handstand push-ups and other gymnastic skills along the way, that would be great. 

What’s the toughest part of CrossFit for you?

 Is anything easy ? I need to work on a lot of things. I initially did not enjoy wall balls, rowing, and was scared of the 24′ box jumps. Since, then I have certainly improved on those.

What is your favorite memory at CrossFit ETown?

 Everyday has been a great experience but if I have to pick out one I would say it has be a strength/skill session we were doing seated box jumps. I just couldn’t do them. I was too scared that I might hurt myself and I didn’t have enough strength to do them. With different progressions Coach Kevin made sure I overcame my fear and was able to do them 5 minutes later the same day.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

 I started CrossFit a little over two months ago, and I have a long away to go. I think it would take about a year to be where I would like to be at this point. 

What kind of changes have you seen, both physically and mentally?

Physically I have definitely gotten a lot stronger, my endurance has gone up. Mentally I have gotten a lot better at handling the stress in life, school, and work.

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