Athlete of the Week

Don't make Korena angry. She turns into an ANGRY GORILLA!

Don't make Korena angry. She turns into an ANGRY GORILLA!

Korena Chester is our Athlete of the week. Korena is a fierce competitor always looking for ways to improve herself. She has seen some significant improvements in her strength and fitness since she arrived here.

Read what see had to say recently about her CrossFit experience:

“I have never had an issue with weight…that is until I had a “rare” thyroid condition that went undetected for over a year….and after struggling with energy & weight, I switched to my current awesome dr who figured it out in 1 visit. I gained almost 50 lbs over that time. For the past few years, I have struggled trying to get the weight back off and eventually lost my confidence and self-image (but I still took showers…didn’t go quite that far! ).

Before joining CF in late July, I had lost about 20lbs on my own. Mary introduced me to CF (thanks, gurl!) and I fell in love with it immediately! Even though my first visit I thought: “Holy *BLEEP*! I don’t know if I can do that!” I proved to myself that I can and I will. In the time of being at CF, I have lost another 19 (almost 20) pounds with 12 of them being in the first 2 weeks! I slowly started to gain my self image and confidence back. Now, I have people that even notice at work and ask me what I’m doing to get so toned and lean so quick! Talk about an awesome feeling! I end up spending about 30 minutes or more telling them about how CF has helped me both mentally and physically and how it gives you RESULTS! My husband has also complimented me and is happy for me because he not only sees physically how it is helping me (partially because he had to drill a few more holes in my belt so I don’t do the “moonwalk”!) but the big difference in my confidence and happiness! When I’m stressed, I run to CF! Nothing compares! I set my goals and I feel confident I can meet them and have a “family” that believes in me and I know is behind me 100%: the Crossfit Family. I can now run a 800m without stopping or feeling out of breath, I feel stronger (but I’m going to get even stronger!!), and I find myself not only pushing myself in the workouts but also outside of CF now.

I haven’t felt this good in YEARS! I’ve gained not only myself back but I’ve gained many friends, which I’m grateful for each and every one of them. With that being said, I’d better quit here because I could write a novel or a Letterman top 10 list on all the ways CF (Annie & Chris) have changed my life for the better (as I tear up with good tears typing this and I’m not a very emotional person!) and I can never express in words how grateful I am that you guys have been brought into my life! I have hope again….I have confidence….I have myself back….but most of all, I have you guys now!”

Korena you ROCK!!! We are so happy that you are apart of our great community.

Give her some love guys.

Today’s WOD:

Oct 19

4 Responses to “Athlete of the Week”

  1. Couldn’t agree more! I love the way I feel after a CF workout.

  2. Rock on Korena!!

  3. MUCH DESERVED AOW!! Way to go Korena- and we all know how much you love to be an angry gorilla!!!

  4. I’ve been working with Korena for over 7.5 years, so I see her quite freqently. One day I was walking thru our breakroom and I couldn’t stop staring at her. She GLOWED!! Literally. I stopped over to chat with her and to see what was going on, and she told me that she started Crossfit and felt amazing. This conversation happened about 2-ish weeks after she started. I think that says a lot for not only Korena, but also about what Crossfit can do for you. Now Korena and I chat frequently about the various WOD’s and I always look forward to hearing her Crossfit stories.

    Well deserved AOW Korena! I always look forward to working out with you because I always know that means I’m going to have a really fun time. You may want to pass out/throw up when the WOD’s are done, but Korena has a way to make you laugh as you are going down! Ha

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