CrossFit Strong  -- Athlete of The Month
  Strong Heart, Strong Mind, Strong Body
 Sarah Foley - Q & A  
How long have you been Crossfitting? — I began Crossfitting on March 10, 2010, so just about two months now.
What is your occupation? — I work as a Patent Attorney for an Intellectual Property boutique law firm here in Dallas, practicing in all areas of Intellectual Property law. If you invent something worth patenting (such as a novel method for painless burpees), give me a call and I’ll give you the CrossFit Strong discount.
Where are you from? — I grew up in Fort Worth but migrated to Dallas over ten years ago – basically I’m from here.
How did you hear about Crossfit Strong? — My friend, Sarah H., started Crossfitting a couple of months before me and couldn’t stop talking about Crossfit Strong. I was skeptical that it was any better than just going out to run or working out at a gym, but she convinced me to come try an intro class with her – and I was hooked.
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 Sarah's Transformation  
How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of CFS? -- I have seen a change both mentally AND physically since starting CFS. I have always pushed past challenges mentally, but now I am seeing the integration of mental and physical strength come into play. This integration has resulted in pushing myself past pain and discomfort physically to do more than I once thought I could do – cohesively cultivating a strong mind,
heart, and body.

I have already shared my milestone of sorts, when this change became evident to me, in the blog post I wrote in April, but I’ll recap here again. I wouldn’t have considered myself a runner – or even an athlete at all - before last month. Although I did go out sporadically to run and participate in 5K and 10K races, it was mostly for the crowd atmosphere and the swag. I really will get excited about a free pen! (And yes, I often peruse more aisles than necessary in Whole Foods for the samples). But to the point, after about a month of Crossfitting I participated in a 10K in April. It had been about a year since the last time I had run a 10K distance, and my goal was to beat my last time. To motivate myself mentally, I wore my CFS tank top as a reminder of the mental strength training I am a part of at our box. And, in short, I beat my previous 10K time by 7 whole minutes, placed 3rd in my age group for the race, and (best of all) had another runner come up to me after the race to tell me I set a good pace and she had set her goal as keeping up with me. I knew this accomplishment was a result of the Crossfit training I had undergone during the past month, and I was amazed that my endurance and speed had been so impacted just by doing the WODs. Ever since that point, I have been motivated to see what else I can accomplish in my physical fitness and development!
What is your favorite move? — Deadlift
What is your least favorite move? — Are burpees considered a move? J And double unders, but only because I have yet to be able to do one, though having many a shin welt for my efforts.
What has been your favorite WOD so far? — Pepper – it was the first benchmark WOD I ever did, and also the first WOD where I found myself pushing past what I thought I could do and surprising myself in the process. Fun times.
What has been your least favorite WOD ? — The BJ Birthdays – took me forever to finish that one because of the double unders.
What are some of your goals that you have for yourself in the next year? — Stay off the wall of shame. I want to get to the point where I can do full prescription WODs, do pull-ups without a band, do a strict chin-up, and learn to do double unders! And make it to intermediate status, of course.
How do you see CrossFit as different from other programs? — Wow, where to start? I haven’t really ever done other programs, so it is hard to compare. I came into CrossFit with little to no athletic foundation. I didn’t play sports growing up or in school, and never really worked out consistently before this. I had a gym membership, but that was mostly because of the allure of the cinema cardio room where I could watch movies while walking, er, I mean “working out.” In the past year or so I began wanting to get in better shape but I didn’t really know how to accomplish that goal. I tried classes at the gym for a few months, and they challenged me for the first two or three times, then became rote and I never saw an impact. CrossFit works for me because I am challenged, motivated, and encouraged every time I walk in the box. My belief as to why CrossFit is completely different from other programs stems from four key things I have experienced at CrossFit Strong:
1) It is tailored to individual needs within a group setting;
2) There is an emphasis on community and peer motivation;
3) There is strict attention to technique and skills that is closely monitored by the coaches to foster good technique and prevent injuries; and
4) The underlying mindset that strength is an integration of mental, emotional, and physical health.

                      Good Form!
Did you think a sport of elite fitness would ever be for you? — I may have answered this in responding to the previous question – but in short, no! I never thought I would even be considered athletic, much less a participant in elite fitness.
How can other people relate to your story? — Anybody can CrossFit no matter what level of fitness, or lack thereof, you possess.
What is something that no one knows about you? — Well, one or two people may have guessed from my initial profile picture that I like to shoot – guns that is, not people. Most people are surprised to find out that I have several different firearms. Clarification, I don’t surprise them with the firearms, it’s purely an informational surprise. J For some reason, this information is at odds with a first impression I often create because I am a girly girl and I like my pink colors. But of course, I do have a pink handgun.
t’s adorable and I used it to qualify for my CHL, much to the chagrin of every other man in that classroom (something about pink guns and bad luck, a male superstition I suppose). In fact, it was shooting that brought me and my husband together, so to speak. Suffice to say, our initial conversation was ‘sparked’ during a weekend shootout, and my subsequent manhandling of a dead nutria sealed the deal. If you are finding this all a bit hard to reconcile with the person you see at the box, I’ve provided Gale with some photographic evidence br />