Athlete of the MonthMay

Susan Arnold

Years at Crossfit MontCo: 2

I want to be able to continue doing this for as long as I am alive.

When did you start CF? 5 years ago

What CF movements do you like? Deadlifts, front/back squats, and weighted lunges are my favorite.

What CF movements do you dislike? The one’s my body doesn’t let me do. Overhead squats, squat snatch, and stretching(seriously, have you seen me try any type of yoga movement?!)

What sports or fitness things did you do before CF? I started running in 2009 when a friend wanted to do a 5k. I swore I would never run again after that race. Years later I’m still running but found my happy place running on the trails. For me, getting out on the weekends early in the morning to play outside for hours is so therapeutic . My favorite types of races include ones that have lots of elevation and climbing. I’m now training for my longest race in August. My first 100k+. If you’ve never been to a trail race you should check them out. Unlike road races the aid stations are like buffets with bacon, grilled cheese, candy and alcohol. The scenery is just the icing on the cake.

What’s your favorite thing about CF? I love that it is so inclusive. Beginner or experienced, out of shape or fit, old or young- No matter the workout you can always find some way to modify, perform and improve. I especially like the push and motivation that we all give to each other.

What’s something most people don’t know about you? A few things are that I was the PA’s youngest tax collector at age 18, I can’t sing, I really love to dance even though I’m not very good, I don’t like being in a car going over bridges.

What’s on your CF bucket list? To be able to continue doing this for as long as I am alive.

What advice do you have for new (or experienced!) CrossFitters? If you are newer then have the confidence to keep showing up. If you are experienced then keep an open mind to being coached. There is always room for improvement no matter how long you’ve been doing this. And for everyone-set good examples and continue to inspire others. HAVE FUN! It’s only a workout in the end.

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