Member Spotlight - Julie P.
How long have you been a member of Fountain City? 4 years (5 if you include a year off because of Covid)
What's your 30 second elevator pitch about yourself? (What do you do, tell us about your family/hobbies) I am a mom of 2 kids, and teacher to many more. I love my dogs, my family, my friends, and I love talking to people!
What initially brought you into FCF? I needed a change to my lifestyle and wanted to be athletic again.
Tell us about you fitness/health background? (Did you play sports growing up? Try other gyms/work out at home?) I played sports growing up and love a team atmosphere. Working out on my own has never worked for me. Fountain City felt like the team workout I had missed so much.
What are some changes you've noticed in yourself during your time here at FCF? (Physically, mentally, capabilities, daily life, etc.) I have gained so much mental tenacity and it has taught me I can do hard things. It has given me the confidence to try things like 5ks, hiking, and biking.
What kinds of things can you do now, that you were not able to do when you first started CrossFit? (inside or outside of the gym) This is humbling to say, but before I started I could not even get down and up off the ground without a great deal of effort. I couldn’t run 400m, I couldn’t do a push up, and I started jumping on a 10lb. plate. Now I run 5ks, have no trouble getting down and up off the ground and find things like yard work and all physical tasks so much easier.
What motivates you to keep coming back for more week after week? The people and the feeling I get when I have accomplished something I didn’t think I could do (basically every workout!)
In your opinion, what is the most valuable aspect of Fountain City Fitness? The friends and coaches. When you don’t have the confidence to think you are can do something, they have it for you. Often they are what get you through your most challenging workouts.
What do you hope to accomplish in the future here at FCF?
To gain more mobility everyday that will translate to everyday life.
What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone that is considering joining a CrossFit gym? Do not be intimidated about working out with more experienced athletes. Often some of the strongest and most experienced members of the gym are also the most supportive and encouraging! You’ve got this!