Help us Congratulate Meagan on being nominated to be the February 2019 Athlete of the Month. Meagan has been a consistent athlete that attends morning classes since becoming a CFRR member in July 2017. Since joining group classes Meagan has expanded her knowledge and abilities as a CrossFitter. She has also contributed to this wonderful community with her generosity towards others, spirited personality, and fun-loving attitude. Below are some answers to a questionnaire we asked Meagan to fill out so that you can get to know her a little better as well as what drives her.

1. My biggest motivation each day are the patients I work with. They each have their own differences or disorders that they have to battle each day but come to my clinic to do speech therapy with a smile and are eager and willing to work. I live for these kids!
2. My favorite quote is: In a world where you can be anything…Be kind. Words I live by- Never, never, never give up.
3. My current goal is always my damn double unders. Also….i decided today that I want to learn how to handstand walk by the end of 2019.
4. My first day at CrossFit was in a gym in Plano, Teas 6 years ago and boy was I nervous. I come from an athletic background growing up doing sports through college but I didn’t think I had it in me to be a “Crossfitter.’ And I’ve kept going back ever since. I still have days I get intimidated by the workouts but I think this is a good thing. Humility, especially when it comes to weight lifting and movements you are not as comfortable with, make those PR’s and best times even that much sweeter.
5. My advice for a new athlete trying CrossFit for the first time is to stay open-minded and you cannot even imagine what your body is actually capable of doing. Also, stretch……lots and lots of stretching.
6. A moment I felt most proud during a workout was lifting a new clean weight at the Open last year. I had gotten pretty comfortable at 135# but wanted to push myself. I didn’t let that voice inside my head get too loud and just went for it. I got a new PR on clean and couldn’t be more proud. I couldn’t wipe that smile off my face if I tried.
7. Outside of CrossFit, I love to be active and travel. I just got back from Peru where I hiked the Inca trail and have a trip to Alaska planned this upcoming summer. I also love to take my dog Gypsy for a run most weekends and hang with family now that I am back in the Round Rock area after 13 years away. I enjoy live music at small venues around town as well as eating and drinking my way through new Austin restaurants.
8. My favorite part of CFRR are the coaches and box-mates. This being my 4th box, I have really felt that I have found my home with the athletes I work out next to and the coaches who push you. Kali is one of my all-time favorite people and I love getting to work out under her energy and direction each morning.
9. Haven’t ever thought of what a Mighty Might Meg WOD would look like but it would have to involve: running (duh), burpees, and definitely some toes to bar. I know, I am crazy. Maybe even some thrusters 🙂
10. My diet has changed more due to digestive issues but also feeling stronger and more prepared for workouts has altered my diet since starting CrossFit. My mom is from Italy so carbs were and are the main staple of our house. I have learned what good and bad carbs are and have mostly stuck to a paleo style diet for the last few years. Cutting out dairy makes my stomach and life so much more enjoyable and have to branch out and try new alternatives has definitely been frustrating (I miss ice cream so much!!). I feel better though when I eat more protein and veggies and my energy during and post workouts reflect that.

One year ago David walked through CFRR doors with goals in-hand and ready to crush them all. David’s determination and willingness to be his very best shows in his constant efforts to progress inside and outside of the gym every-single-day! In addition to his 5+ days a week class schedule, he is diligent in logging his food daily, works 1:1 twice a month with Coach Kali and Coach Landon, as well as Mobility class with Coach Matt.

He hasn’t just dedicated time and effort to his fitness, but his overall health as well. Nutrition, recovery, and overall wellness is a big part of the “fitness” equation. With a commitment to improving his health, David took on the 800 Gram Challenge and won! For recovery, he’s always first in line for massages from Mary, our on-site massage therapist, and makes every mobility class to improve on his flexibility and range of motion. He puts the “unity” into the “community”.

David is honest, humble, open to coaching, supports his fellow athletes, is a pleasure to work with, and full of GRIT. For all the above reasons and more is what makes David well deserving of our Athlete of the Month title


I started my CrossFit Journey along with a bunch of friends in December 2015 in Schaumburg (IL), which introduced me to barbell lifts & CrossFit WOD’s. In mid-2017 I moved to Austin, which is a completely new place for me. To overcome that I started exploring the food places & bars Austin has to offer. The Austin move combined with work pressure & unhealthy/out of control eating made my weight shoot up. I wanted to get back to CrossFit, but lack of motivation made me quit each box I went to.

In December 2017 I stepped into CrossFit Round Rock. During my fundamentals Coach Matt gave me a lot of information about the workouts, mobility and tailored the workouts for me to get used to them again. Not only did he work with my crazy schedule to make sure I got my sessions in, but we also had many motivational talks to make me maintain consistency & show up to the workouts.

At first, I was nervous, intimidated looking at the people doing all the lifts & WOD’s. On top of it, I talk less (still now) & I don’t interact much, which made me think of quitting. What helped me hang in there were the CFRR coaches & Ambassadors helping me scale down the workouts, correcting my form, keeping me injury free & cheering me on.

The 6-week nutrition challenge, Operation Caveman, at CFRR familiarized me with a lot of information about nutrition, quality, and healthy eating and tracking what I eat. It helped me lose 10 lbs. in body weight & 2 lbs. in body fat. Also, I did my first CrossFit Open at CrossFit Round Rock. I transformed from making excuses to doing workouts.

CrossFit made me realize fitness/working out is a way of life, a daily routine. It’s not just hitting the gym when it’s New Year or when your scale says, “Damn!”. Thank you CrossFit Round Rock for being part of my fitness journey and always filling up me with new information about health, WOD’s & nutrition.

 


Crossfit Round Rock has been my stability in life since 2010 and now at the age of 42, I am just starting to feel like i am seeing major results from all the hard work and commitment that Iʼve put into over the last 8 years.

Yes, it has taken me this long to finally feel like I am reaching the goals I never thought I could especially when youʼre not getting younger. Boy have I proven myself wrong!! I have been able to set more PRʼs in the last 2 years than ever before and scratch off goals I never thought I would reach plus more!!!

The coaches at CFRR have always been there for me even when you think they arenʼt, you get that text,

“Hey, you okay? Missed you today?”

They hold you accountable and in turn, you hold yourself accountable.

CFRR has taught me so much about myself. Taking care of yourself through a well-balanced diet and with the evolution of Crossfit you’re constantly learning new movements, new techniques and always setting yourself up with new goals! I strive for the daily motivation in seeing what else I can accomplish. To be able to hold my head up high and think “Yeah! I just did that!”

Having your fellow Crossfit members cheer you on even when youʼre struggling to get that last set or last rep. I owe so much to everyone who has come along my path at CFRR cause without this community I wouldnʼt be the person I am today..strong, healthy and happy 🙂

-Deedra

 


In 2011 I walked into a CrossFit gym for the first time. I almost couldn’t believe what I was
seeing: a group comprised almost entirely of “soccer mom” type women, most of them, older
then I was, doing things I had only ever thought professional or collegiate athletes could do.
They did pull-ups that looked effortless. They lifted huge barbells over their heads again and
again and let them crash to the ground. Although I was awed, I was also disappointed. “I’ll
never be able to do that,” I thought. “I’m not like them. They’re so amazing and I’m just. .
.me.” I had been a student all my life up to that point. I had never been an athlete and fitness
had never been a priority. Four years of college, four years of medical school, and three more
years of specialty training in emergency medicine had left me physically weak as well as
chronically tired and anxious. Like many people who spend a lot of time taking care of others, I
had completely neglected to take care of myself.

I started coming to the gym three days a week, even if it meant coming straight from an
overnight shift in the ER. It didn’t take long for me to realize that my body was capable of
things I never could have imagined. It was incredibly motivating. I got measurably stronger. I
overcame my psychological limitations time and time again and pushed through workouts I
didn’t think I could finish. My thinking began to change: “What if I am like those women?”
In 2013 my husband and I moved to a different part of the city and both joined CrossFit Round
Rock. The coaches emphasized nutrition as an indispensable part of fitness. I was pretty sure
we were already eating “healthy”, but we decided to give their advice a try even though most
of it sounded like utter nonsense to us. Once again, I couldn’t believe the results. We had
more stamina for workouts. Our mental energy skyrocketed. Our clothes fit differently. We
found that we didn’t miss the foods we cut out and instead discovered new foods we loved.
We even learned to indulge ourselves occasionally without losing our newfound good habits.
Some problems that I had long accepted as part of my life—chronic nausea, headaches,
indigestion, acne—gradually evaporated.

My resolve was put to the test in 2014 when I was diagnosed with severe degenerative arthritis
of my right knee as the result of an injury I sustained in college. I underwent surgery and spent
the next six weeks on crutches. The six months that followed made me more grateful than ever
to have found CrossFit. In addition to physical therapy, I trained an hour each week one-on-one
with Coach Landon which helped me stay fit during my recovery. Instead of surrendering to a
life of chronic pain and disability, I learned the proper body mechanics I needed to be able to
return to CrossFit classes and, most importantly, live my life without fear of reinjury.
I can honestly say that nothing about my life now is the same as it was back in 2011.

Now I am the one doing effortless-looking pull-ups. I am the one under the big barbell who lets it crash to
the floor and then goes back for another rep. The only thing that has not changed is that I am
still every bit as awed as I was that first day by the people I see around me in the gym. They are
people with stories just like mine who have been transformed and rehabilitated by CrossFit
Round Rock. I feel so lucky to be a part of a community where we celebrate each other’s
successes while inspiring each other to keep reaching for the next challenge and the next
opportunity to become even better. I can’t imagine wanting anything less.

-Nicholette


  It started with just some mild lower back pain. I’d woken up at around 3:00 AM on October 31st 2016.
Go back to sleep, you still have some time before having to get up to head to the 5AM Hardcore Cardio
class was what I was thinking. About an hour later I was curled up on pain on the floor desperately
trying to get my wife Shawna’s attention without waking the kids. I had no idea what was going on, but
it felt like someone was sticking a knife in my lower back and twisting it just to make sure I knew it was
there.

  Turns out a kidney stone about the size of a grain of sand was what brought about the start of
my REBORN journey. Prior to that day, I was your typical gym goer. I had started at CFRR 3 years prior
and was continually trying to work harder in the gym, believing that was the best way for me to get the
results I so desperately wanted. Run faster, lift heavier, take more classes was what I kept telling myself.
All the while completely ignoring what it was I was putting in my body to fuel it and keep it in good
working order. Three days before my 40th birthday it seems my body had finally had enough, it was
going to make sure I had plenty of time to formulate a new plan and accept the choices that needed to
be made.

It was a real eye-opener for me because it was the first time I really felt vulnerable and helpless.
Nothing I could do at that moment could fix what the previous years of poor nutritional choice had
caused. I knew full well that something had to change, and it couldn’t be a small change either. It had
to be drastic, immediate and enduring. In the weeks and months that followed I completely changed
my diet and cut out the crazy amounts of sugar, I was consuming. Shawna and I began meal prepping
every week and we consistently review what it is we’re eating and work to find healthier alternatives.
My kids have learned about reading nutritional labels, to the point that they know when something has
a lot of sugar chances are good they won’t get to eat it. The results for me have been well worth the
effort. I feel better in and out of the gym, my energy level is higher and my sleeping is better too.
“This place will change you if you let it.” Can’t think of a better way to describe my time at
CFRR. I’m as stubborn as they come but the coaches, especially Kali, have been nothing but patient,
encouraging and understanding. They all truly want you to live the best life possible both inside and
outside the gym. Over the past 5 years, my weight has gone down 15 lbs and my total body fat has gone
down 25 lbs. I’ve also dropped 2.5 minutes off of my mile time and squatted heavier at 41 than I did in
high school. However, those are just numbers on a piece of paper, what has really changed for me is
between my ears. I’m no longer obsessed with the number on the scale, the time on the clock at the
end of a WOD or the weight on the barbell. Those are just numbers to use as a measurement of
progress, what really matters is that I have changed my health to ensure that I am here with my family
and friends for as long as possible.

One last thing. I will be remiss if I didn’t thank a few people that have supported me throughout this
journey. My loving wife Shawna who has been on board since her first “Free for All” WOD 12 weeks
after Tommy was born. All the coach’s past and present at CFRR. Coach Kali who gets up every morning
to meet me at the gym at 4:50 AM with a smile on her face and an unshakable positive attitude. Coach
Marcus who continually gives me advice on nutrition and alternative food choices. Last but not least the
entire 5AM crew. These folks grind out work before sunrise than most people do in an entire day.
Thank you all for holding me accountable and helping me through this crazy journey.

-Bill U’ren


Do you still do that Crossfit thing?  

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been asked this question or one very similar to it.  What does this question really mean anyway? My thoughts usually go straight to, “I must have gained weight.”  With some hesitation and awkwardness, I let them know I do still do that Crossfit thing. While the question is somewhat curious, my answer is not.

These are my people.  My Crossfit family is the biggest reason I keep coming back for more.  In the wee hours of the morning, we visit about our families, jobs, celebrations and the struggles of daily life.   We miss each other when someone is on vacation. We notice when someone isn’t showing up. We hold each other accountable. We rally in silent support and drag each other to the finish line on days when the workout is getting the better of us. We spend the first hours of the day together. In fact, my 5 am crew sees me as no one except family ever would – no makeup, messy hair, sheet marks still on my arm.  These friends get the rawest, truest version of me. I adore these people. I admire their strength and perseverance. They are my family. They are my friends.

 

We have a running joke…are you here for fitness?  Do you want to get better? The honest answer is a resounding YES!  I am always in the gym for the fitness. I am extremely hard on myself, and I fight with my inner-voice on a daily basis (as we all do).  The good news is that I have come a really long way. When I started Crossfit Boot Camp in my neighborhood park (yes, that used to be an option), I couldn’t do a sit-up or push up.  With dedication, time, persistence and the encouragement of many great coaches along the way, I can do those movements and much more. I know myself, and I know I’ll never be satisfied.  Each big win, like doing consecutive pull-ups or double-unders for the first time, makes me want to keep pushing toward the next goal. Luckily we are blessed with amazing coaches at Crossfit Round Rock who not only have the skill and patience to take us to the next level but who also bring their “fitness A-game” every single day.  A special thank you to Coach Kali for seeing things in me I can’t begin to see in myself!

A moment of clarity hit me about a year and a half ago.   Even though I had been a Crossfitter for a long time and participated in many initiatives, it didn’t really click for me.  A potential health situation forced my hand. My nutrition and fitness goals aligned, and suddenly it all made sense. Fine-tuning in a few areas not only changed my perspective but also the ability to step up my game.  My health issue completely disappeared after 3 years of worrying. I feel better than ever, and I am excited to see what the future holds. I am determined to age gracefully with fitness and health at the heart of it all.  

I am a 43-year-old mother of three.  I started Crossfit 7 years ago with some very simple goals in mind.  I wanted to fit into my clothes, and I wanted to make sure my arm would stop waving when I did.  While these same goals still make the cut, I’ve come to appreciate so much more about my personal Crossfit experience.  I have more goals than I can count, some of which I am not ready to say out loud.

So, back to the original question.  Yes, I still do that Crossfit thing and I intend to keep on doing it.  I hope you are asking because you notice my fitness and not the lack of it.  Keep those questions coming. I’m learning to take them as a compliment

 

-Beth Wilhelmi

 


Our October athlete of the month is….CLAUDIA GONZALEZ. When Claudia Gonzalez first walked through the doors of CrossFit Round Rock in 2013, she was ready for some changes.  Heck! She was 11 weeks pregnant after all! With that 4th member to their family on the way, everything was about to change – so why not start CrossFit!?!

Claudia had never in her life spent time in a gym prior to this moment in 2013.  She dove into personal training sessions with Coach Anna and stayed consistent all the way up to labor starting.  Yes, really. That baby was getting ready to make his grand entrance, and mama Claudia was still considering getting a workout in that day!  This woman showed her coach impressive commitment and love for the new found sport in her life from the very very beginning.

Once Claudia was up and running with baby #2, she was strolling back into the gym with that little guy by her side to get her body moving once again!  It was empowering to feel strong during her pregnancy, and she’s been hungry for more ever since!

Fast forward to current day, Little Robby is 4 years old, and Claudia is as strong as ever.  She recently completed her first CFRR 1 mile loop for time and has ever-evolving goals and a tenacious work ethic that moves her forward every day.  Claudia is a steady workhorse and a force to be reckoned with beyond what she may even imagine! You can find her smile and fabulous sense of humor in the CFRR F.I.T. class on Tuesdays and Saturdays, as well as a weekly PT session with Coach Adrien. She is a professor of insanely crazy sciencey things at Austin Community College, wife of Roberto, and mother of two.  This girl has carved out a special place in her coaches hearts, and we are overdue in honoring Claudia for the true badass of a human that she is! We Love you CG!

 


JOIN THE #800gCHALLENGE

WHAT IS IT?

This challenge was designed by OptimizeMe Nutrition. Eat 800 grams (g) or fruits and/or vegetables, by weight, per day.

No foods are eliminated, but only fruits and veggies count toward the 800g. Eat the fruits and veggies or your choice. Hit the macros you want.

Raw, cooked, canned, frozen; doesn’t matter!  If you can weigh it as a standalone and unprocessed fruit or vegetable, you can count it. Yep, that’s it! Pick up a one-sheet at the gym for all the rules and scoring details. Or get a copy here.

 

So why 800g? It’s associated with increased health and is a simplified way to hit those recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Read more here.

 

DATES

The 800g challenge will run from November 5th – December 1st

SIGN-UP

Registration runs from October 16th – October 31st. Fill out the form below to be contacted when registration opens.  This challenge is NOT limited to CrossFit Round Rock members. CrossFit Round Rock members’ spouses, significant others or roommates can play along, too (must be 18 years old). Get the whole house onboard to stay motivated throughout the challenge.

MEETING

We will host a meeting at the gym to go over all the challenge rules and answer your questions. Be sure to be there!

  • November 3rd at 11:00am at CrossFit Round Rock

COST

$50/athlete

SCORING

We will be using SugarWOD to log scores, leaderboard, and fist bump throughout the challenge. More info on scoring and logging can be found here.

PRIZES

1st place wins a FREE month of Unlimited classes

2nd place wins a $50 membership credit towards dues

3rd place wins a free CFRR shirt

 

Let’s get started!





Jenn Adams has been a member at CFRR since 2015.

During that time she has been as consistent as any athlete we have had. She has also achieved a ton of fitness success to include: handstand push-ups, handstand walks, Olympic lifting, powerlifting, and the ever elusive bar muscle up! With this list of accolades, how could you not know about Jenn Adams!!!! 

If you don’t know her it’s because she flies under the radar and is quite humble about all of her achievements. She’s not one to boast or brag or to instantly post to social media that she achieved any such fitness milestone. That’s just not her. 

As impressive as her list of accomplishments in the gym is, that’s not what’s most impressive about her. She manages this all while maintaining a full-time job, managing her son Jackson along with her husband Chris, and oh yeah, she’s currently pregnant with their second child. This is where it gets impressive…

She’s moved from being able to do all of the stuff listed above to having to do nearly a complete 180 with her workout regimen. She’s had to lower intensity, change up movements on the reg and modify pretty much every CrossFit workout she attends. That’s a very rough thing to do for someone who was pretty much doing every workout as prescribed before. No easy task at all. And she’s done it all without question. She knows this is what’s best for her and her new baby. It’s completely unselfish and a very good example of putting something or someone above yourself. 

So here’s to Jenn Adams. Thank you for your example and your leadership. You’re such an inspiration to us all!