Courtney Smith has been named our athlete of the month for April.  Courtney started at Wreck Room at the end of July 2014 and immediately made her presence known with her natural strength.  With tons and tons of potential we were extremely excited to see how much we can help her.  Courtney always has a goal she is working towards, always asks for help and is always ready to take on the challenge of reaching that goal.  Of the 134 total classes she has attended she has come in for every single one with a great attitude and willingness to be coached.

Courtney’s progress throughout April starts with her attendance, averaging almost five classes per week.  She steadily completes all her workouts at our Rx level but last month we saw her doing more and more at our Rx+ (competitor) level.  Her strength has steadily improved with adding 15lbs (12% increase) to her 20-rep back squat.  What stands out more is how much she has improved her gymnastics game.  Her new found skills include the chest to bar pull-up, and stringing together multiple toes to bar and handstand push-ups.  These did not come easy so she made sure to hammer away at them time after time.  Her eagerness to learn more and more is what has made her such an exceptional well-rounded athlete.

You exemplify everything we could ever ask for in a member and an athlete.  You are a big part of this community and as coaches we are extremely grateful to have you here.  With your first competition coming up we have zero doubt that you will represent yourself, your family and the gym to your greatest extent. You are a force to be reckoned with and we cannot wait to see what you keep accomplishing.

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If you don’t know Courtney, she frequents the evening classes.  Take some time and learn more about her below.

Let’s start with the basics. Who are you and what do you do with your days when you’re not WODding with us?

My name is Courtney Smith, I’m 25 years old, and I grew up in Linthicum, MD. After moving around while my husband was in the Marine Corps, we settled back here in Severn in 2012. I currently work for the Federal Government but will be transitioning into a full-time business owner doing real estate investments. I also coach cheerleading at Glen Burnie High School during the fall and winter sports seasons.

We all find Wreck Room in a different way. Where did your story start?

I have almost always been pretty consistent with working out, but after going to Gold’s with my dad for a year or so, we got bored with the routine and wanted to try something different. I had friends that already worked out at Wreck Room and had been trying to convince me to come for weeks. Deep down I knew I would probably love CrossFit, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to make the commitment. My dad and I decided to give it a try by taking advantage of a free week trial and before the week was even up, I was hooked and knew Wreck Room would be my new home gym.

What stood out most to you the first time walking into Wreck Room?

Walking into the gym the first time and seeing everyone smiling stood out the most. Everyone was super friendly and welcoming which was great, but seeing the genuine excitement that people had to be at the gym was the best part. It isn’t every day that you walk into a gym and see right away that everyone actually WANTED to be there.

Do you have a specific “why” for CrossFitting?

Originally, I would say my “why” for CrossFit is to remain physically fit. I love having a place I can go that pushes me to improve my strength, cardio, endurance, etc. However, more recently I’ve come to enjoy the mental challenge that comes with CrossFit more than anything. Being able to hit a new PR or RX+ a workout can be just as much of a mental preparation as physical. I have proven myself wrong time and time again when I thought I wouldn’t be able to handle a certain weight or finish a certain workout, so CrossFit has proven to push me through mental barriers just as much as physical ones. Also being able to cheer on other members and watch them crush a workout or hit a new PR gets me super excited! If you know me, you know that even if you put me in the front of the class I’m going to be the odd ball out and turn around to face everyone else. I enjoy encouraging those around me to keep pushing, while knowing that watching them work hard is pushing me to do better as well.

What is your favorite part of Wreck Room?

Hands down, the coaches and the members. Wreck Room has the best environment around and has that perfect mix of “work and play.” Regardless of what your goals are for CrossFit, the coaches are great at working with you and providing you with the help you need to reach them. At the same time, we have the most supportive and encouraging group of members that cheer each other on in every single workout. I love the fact that I’ve had the opportunity to workout with my husband and dad each week, while also being able to make a ton of GREAT friends along the way!

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Every single PR is an exciting accomplishment, but if I had to pick one, I guess it would be getting pull-ups. That was the one thing that was holding me back from RX’ing most workouts, so I was super excited to be able to take it to that next level.

If you could name a WOD after yourself, what would it look like?

It would most likely be squats and shoulder-to-overhead. Regardless of whether the weights are light or heavy, they are by far my favorite workouts. I’d even consider throwing double unders in there as long as they aren’t as a “cash out” or wall balls as long as its not 150 of them at once!

What is one exercise you would be ecstatic to never do again?

This is an easy one…toes-to-bar! Even though I know I wouldn’t hate them as much if I actually got the skill down, I don’t even like the thought of jumping up on the bar to do the first one, let alone multiple at a time. Whose idea was it to have your hands and feet touch the bar at the same time anyway?

Clearly you’ve been making progress inside the walls of the Wreck Room. What effects has it had outside the gym?

The biggest effect it has had on me is the urge to eat healthy. I find myself carefully considering what I eat each day knowing that it plays such a major role in not just how I feel but also how I perform.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to get started at Wreck Room?

Some people say CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but I think Wreck Room brings something to the table for anyone willing to make the commitment. It’s not all about weights and muscles…its simply a commitment to fitness, whether you’re looking to build muscle, improve your endurance, or just have a place to go to for a consistent workout routine. At the end of the day, it can never hurt to give it a try and see what it has to offer.

Anything else you want to add?

Just want to say thank you to all the coaches that continue to work hard to make Wreck Room what it is, while encouraging all of us to make improvements every single week. You all are awesome!