Amy Keeling

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1. How long have you been CrossFitting?
Well I’m a “Lifer” so technically, I’ve been doing CrossFit 3 years this past October.

2. How did you hear about CrossFit T-Town?
Christina was our coach at CrossFit Life so when she told us about CrossFit T-Town, I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to start the new adventure!

3. Have you noticed any changes – physical or mental – since starting CrossFit? If so, what are they?
Physically, I guess the question is “What hasn’t changed on me?” Turning 40 and having 4 kids does a number on the old bod so any improvements I can make, I’ll take it! When I was younger, I played competitive soccer and enjoyed running but with CrossFit, my legs have never been stronger. Mentally, I think CrossFit has changed how I tackle any project in my life. I find that procrastination isn’t such an issue for me anymore. If you can push yourself to come to class and work hard – you can push yourself in everyday life.

4. What is your favorite CrossFit exercise?
Doubleunders and any type of squat – front, back, squat cleans and overhead squats.

5. What is your least favorite CrossFit exercise?
Probably Chest-to-bar

6. What goals do you have for yourself as a CrossFitter?
I’m working on Muscle Up progressions right now so a short term goal is getting my first Muscle Up. Long term – become more efficient and work on improving my technique. We have so many great athletes and Coaches at T-Town, I feel like I can learn so much from all of them.

7. What are some ways that you think sets CrossFit apart from other forms of
fitness?

First, I love that CrossFit movements are movements we do in everyday life. Deadlifts? – Just picking something up off the ground. Squat? – Sitting down. Pushup? – getting up off the ground.

Second, it’s scalable. You can work just as hard in a WOD by subbing a movement in for something you haven’t mastered yet. Somehow the WOD still kicks your ass.

Lastly, the community. There’s something about the shared suffering of pushing through a workout together that creates a bond. You can count on these people to cheer you on even when you are struggling at the end of a tough WOD. This community understands the struggles you go through because they’ve been there too.

8. How can other people relate to your story?
I think people can relate to my story because we all have busy lives and we can all make excuses to not make our health and fitness a priority. With my family, we are constantly busy and on the go. It is hard to make time for myself, but I have to do it. I hope that I am teaching my kids to push themselves toward their goals. At the very least, creating a model of what a strong woman looks like and what strong living looks like.

Also, I Crossfitted my entire pregnancy, like so many others at T-Town. It was definitely tough but worth it. It truly does make a difference in your recovery.

9. What is something that no one knows about you?
My dad’s first cousin is Chuck Hagel, the soon-to-be-ex Secretary of Defense. I guess that makes me his first cousin, once removed?

10. What is your most memorable moment in CrossFit?
Probably my first team competition with Jamie. For some sick reason, we entered into the rx’d division. The last WOD of the day was on the Bixby football field – 21-15-9 Thrusters with 165# sled pushes in between our Thrusters. We were by far the oldest chics in the competition but somehow placed 4th in that WOD. I was so proud of us!