February Athlete of the Month – Rose King

What was a misconception you had about CrossFit?

 Before going to Round Rock CrossFit, I thought it was entirely for the super fit and strong. You know, the ones who could casually flip a 300-pound tire across a parking lot. I’m 67 and had never been a gym-goer until I retired a year ago. I used to drive past CrossFit gyms and see that huge tire, and I’d think, “There’s no way I can do that!”  But guess what? I was mistaken! CrossFit is not just for the hardcore athletes; it’s for regular folks like me, young or old, fit or

not-so-fit. It’s a welcoming place for everybody, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how inclusive and adaptable it is. So, don’t be deceived like I was – CrossFit is for everyone! 

What motivates me?

I’ve never really been one for gyms. I’ve always preferred walking, a habit I’ve kept up for years. But since I retired, there’s been a new addition to my routine –Round Rock CrossFit.

What’s motivating me to go to CrossFit? It all boils down to one mantra I firmly believe in: “Movement is medicine.”  I’ve realized the importance of keeping my body in

motion. I understand the importance of keeping moving and not letting age catch up to me.

CrossFit isn’t just about shedding a few pounds; it’s about staying healthy, getting stronger, and, most importantly, never letting the rust set in.  It’s taken me from a sedentary lifestyle to one filled with movement and activity. It’s made a world of difference! I can do things now that I couldn’t even dream of before I started this CrossFit adventure.

What are your training goals?

What are my goals at the gym? Well, it’s simple. I’m not in it to lift more weight, jump higher, or flip that darn tire. I’m all about staying active and moving. My main goal is to keep showing up. I’m all about staying active and moving my body. Whether it’s a good day or a bad one, as long as I keep showing up, I achieve my goal. It’s as simple as that!”

What’s a moment you felt very proud of yourself in a workout?

From the beginning, wallballs with squats were not my forte. It’s squatting, powering up with your legs, and tossing the ball high against the wall. Sounds easy, but it’s a tough one. I can now knock out 12 in a row, multiple times in a single session. That’s at least 40 wall balls in one routine! Don’t tell anyone, but I only used a 6 lb ball. Still, it’s a major achievement for me, and I’m darn proud of it!

What advice would you give someone that’s thinking about joining CrossFit?

It’s been about a year since I retired, and I’ve been hitting the CrossFit gym twice a week. Now, if someone’s thinking about diving into CrossFit, here’s my advice: give it a shot, come once. You won’t believe the level of dedication you’ll find at Round Rock CrossFit and its Coaches. It’s a community that’s incredibly supportive, and trust me, it’s not just for seasoned athletes; it’s for everyone. The first time I walked into a class, I was hooked. So, my advice is simple – take that first step, show up, and you’ll see what I mean. It’s a fantastic place to be!

How has CrossFit changed your life outside of the gym?

I’ve got some serious bragging rights when I meet up with my friends. CrossFit has been a major accomplishment, and I’m not shy about it! I feel stronger and fitter than ever before, and

that’s all thanks to CrossFit. It’s not just a gym; it’s become a big part of my life. So, it’s safe to say that CrossFit has brought positive changes beyond those gym walls.

What’s your favorite part about the community here?

What I love most about CrossFit is the community. It’s all about the people and the amazing relationships we’ve built. Whether you’re a coach or a fellow participant, this incredible sense of support runs through all of us inside and outside the gym. It’s like one big cheering squad – everyone’s there to cheer each other on.

And when things get tough, you can count on these folks to have your back. But it’s not just about what happens during the workouts; Round Rock CrossFit goes the extra mile. They create a sense of community with gatherings outside the gym, allowing us to get to know one another. So, it’s the people and the camaraderie that make this place truly special.