Athlete Spotlight – May Anderson
Athlete Spotlight – May Anderson
Name: May Anderson
Occupation: Registered Nurse, currently in graduate school for Family Nurse Practitioner degree
Deadlift Max: 150
Back squat Max: 95
Got Muscle-ups? Not yet
1 mile run: 10:00
Favorite WOD: Kelly
Favorite Lift: Well I’m still working on getting my lifts, but if I had to pick one I’d choose Cleans. I think that’s what they’re called ?
How long have you been CrossFitting? I started April 2015
Which class time do you usually attend? 9am or 4:30pm. Or if I want to work on strengthening a skill I come during open gym in the afternoon
How did you find CrossFit? I had heard about it in the past but didn’t think twice about it until a friend pushed me to try it. I’m so glad she did!
What is your athletic background? I played sports in high school, along with gymnastics, rock climbing and mountain biking in college. But when I got older and in a regular job I let exercise take the back seat. Going to the gym is not very motivating to me so it became something I had to do but I didn’t enjoy it. And we all know how long that sticks, not long. haha. While travel nursing in Colorado I worked with a personal trainer to prepare for a Tough Mudder race, which was very helpful and gave me accountability. However, I can’t afford a personal trainer on a daily basis.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness?CrossFit has made a HUGE impact on my life! I exercise 3-4 days a week now and I actually look forward to going to work out! I have more energy, I feel better, and as a result I also eat better. Since starting CrossFit my level of fitness has improved dramatically. I have muscle definition and I love it! Having a support system is a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle physically, emotionally, mentally, as well as spiritually. A support system can come in many forms, and to me that includes CrossFit!
What motivates/inspires you? 9 years ago I spent a year in Africa volunteering as a nurse, and it changed my life. I learned at a young age that true happiness comes from helping others with nothing to gain in return. I had never met people that were so poor but so giving. It was truly inspiring. More often than not, the ones that have the least to give are the ones that give the most. But if I don’t take care of myself, how can I expect to take care of others? Life is about being your best, so that you can give your best.
What is your proudest (CF) achievement? A kipping handstand pushup!
What is one goal/personal achievement that you would like to achieve through CrossFit? Participating in a Spartan Race, and/or climbing Mt. Hood
Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Being outdoors, in the mountains, or on the lake, hiking, camping, playing ball with Nate (my dog), listening to live music, traveling, spending time with people that inspire me.
What is your favorite cheat meal? Pizza and ice cream
Any advice for new members? DON’T GIVE UP! It takes time to build up the energy and skill in CrossFit. And if you stick with it you WILL see a change in your level of fitness! Push yourself, give your all, and then celebrate what you’ve accomplished!
Have you met Pukie? Thankfully NO!