Claire Miller has been named the athlete of the month for September 2014.  Claire has been a member at Wreck Room since mid May and has been progressing since the day she started.  September was the most productive month for Claire as all of her gymnastics movements have gone from being executed as scaled to Rx every workout and some movements a step above prescribed.  We have also seen a significant increase in every one of her Olympic and power lifts.  A lot of this progress is due to her consistent attendance and her willingness to stay open minded and be extremely coach-able. Claire also makes every class she attends VERY interesting.  You only need one conversation with her to see that she brings a new level of fun every day.  Make sure to congratulate her when you see her, she has truly earned this.  We can’t wait to see how much further you can go from here.  Read below to learn more about Claire.


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Tell us about yourself.

My name is Claire Miller. I am a 26 year old nursing student from the Pasadena/Glen Burnie area but currently live in Catonsville.  I like to stay active by doing CrossFit and a variety of other sports such as snowboarding, soccer and football.  

What made you decide to get started with Wreck Room CrossFit?
My semester had just ended and I had previously done Crossfit off and on with Butch at a conventional gym, so when he opened up Wreck Room and I was finished school for the year of course I wanted to check it out. I initially wanted to do Crossfit because I was going through a rough period in my life and really wanted some kind of outlet for my stress, and also wanted to get into better shape. It was the best thing to do for both of those things. Previously I couldn’t get into a workout routine with my schedule, but with the opening of Wreck Room it was a lot easier to come at different times and so I have been able to continue coming despite being back in school.
What is your favorite part of Wreck Room CrossFit and is there one particular favorite moment that stands out to you?
A moment that stands out most to me is when I did my first strict pull up. That was a huge accomplishment for me and it felt great to be able to do that. Also, deadlifting over 200lbs was a pretty amazing feeling. I never thought I’d be able to do anything like that.
My favorite part of Wreck Room is the people. The coaches are awesome and encouraging, I’ve met new friends, and I’ve even done networking for my career through people I’ve met there. I love the social aspect of it. My mom also works out there, so it is a great bonding experience for us and has made us a lot closer.
What was your activity level prior to starting at Wreck Room CrossFit
Prior to starting at Wreck Room I exercised off and on. I had previously done Crossfit off and on that year but mostly off because my schedule for school made it hard. I had spent most of the winter and spring being lazy and as a result I wasn’t in that good of shape when I returned to the gym in May.
How has Wreck Room CrossFit helped you outside of the gym?
Outside of the gym it has helped a lot. For one, I have a lot more energy… which is something I need to survive nursing school. It has also helped me while in the hospital setting; I’m always on my feet, and often I am moving and mobilizing patients, so it really helps to have the extra strength and know the good form so I don’t hurt myself. Physically and mentally I just feel better. If I am having a stressful day, I know that I can go workout and feel like I can conquer the world afterward.
Tell us about your progress throughout the month of September? 
I have been working on doing chest to bar so that I can eventually be able to do a muscle up. I was able to do my first Rx plus where I did kipping chest to bar instead of pull ups. I am going to continue to work on this skill so that hopefully in the next few months I can do a muscle up!
What are your favorite and least favorite movements or workouts?
My favorite movements are squats. My legs were something I always neglected when I worked out prior to doing Crossfit, so it feels good to do something that focuses on my legs. I also really like doing kipping anything- the movement is just pretty cool, and makes me regret never doing gymnastics. My least favorite would be thrusters. I don’t really hate them, they are just tough!
What advice would you give to anyone looking to get started at Wreck Room CrossFit?  
Don’t be intimidated by it. Everyone has to start somewhere, and Wreck Room is extremely welcoming… you will never feel uncomfortable, and everyone is very motivating. Seeing yourself progress is the most amazing feeling. It’s hard to really explain what it is like at a Crossfit gym because it is definitely a different (but much, much better) experience than I have had anywhere else.
Anything else you want to add?
I am just grateful for the motivation given by the coaches at Wreck Room, and by their continued support and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.