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Shane, Absolute Badass

September Member of the Month

Shane Push Press CrossFit in BedfordThis month’s Athlete of the Month is Shane Bemis. Shane has only been with us since April, but she is definitely not the same person that she was when she first walked through our doors. Workday or vacation day, rain or ridiculously hot temperatures, Shane is in the  gym at any given hour, ready to work hard and learn. As many of you may have noticed during the heat waves this summer, this was not an easy task day after day! Her hard work has paid off big time as seen from her improvements in form (no more T-Rex arms!) and also huge PRs again and again. We are super proud of Shane, as she is a true example of how hard work and dedication breeds success. Keep up the great work!

When/ How/ Why did you choose to Crossfit?

I choose Crossfit now, but when I started I think sometimes it chose me and I found it in a time in my life were I needed a kick in the butt in September 2012. I was at my heaviest 220lbs size 18 and desperately needed something to change. My girlfriend was starting an on ramp class and talked me into going “if this doesn’t work at least you tried!” Okay so I went first class died could barely run ( well that hasn’t changed) but I finished, by the end of on ramp my time improved by 3 minutes (not bad). I was hooked. I kept at it for a year at my old gym lost 90lbs down to a size 6 and then bigger life changes happened and I had to step away not knowing if I could come back (well you know how that ends). Why do I choose to Crossfit? it just makes me feel good, the challenge, the results each day getting strong.

What is your favorite thing about Crossfit Amoskeag?

Tim’s dogs (kidding they are cute though). Really the atmosphere of the gym, work hard but have fun too, and being around people that when you say “I need to improve my snatch” its understood.

What role have your family/friends played in your Crossfit journey?

My kids think im crazy when I tell them what the W.O.D is or what weight I did for the lift of the day but they are encouraging. I have a couple friends that are in Crossfit and get it and understand.

Who are CFA do you look up to, respect or admire and why?

Does it have to be one person? Personally the whole team, everyone of them in their own way keeps me going and pushes me through. (Maybe not Mike so much he likes the pain on our faces all the time when we mobilize; Kidding).

Muscle Up Practice CrossFit in BedfordFavorite WOD/ Skill?

Twenty inch box jump just did that for the first time the other day never though I could.

Least Favorite WOD or skill (your “GOAT”)?

W.O.D – Right now the thruster, burpee over the bar.

Skill – O.H.S Need to work on shoulder mobility & f-ing double unders.

Biggest challenge so far (in Crossfit, health or nutrition)?

Chocolate, Cream Cheese with pepper jelly on Ritz or the fact that while writing this I’m eating burger king. Ugh, the hard part is balance. Making mindful decisions about what I want to eat. Food journaling I don’t want to be reminded of what I ate. I am human.

Best experience as part of CFA?

Meeting great people, getting 165lbs front squat.

Favorite quote or motto?

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Anglou

When you think its tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?

How far I have come and how much further I can go in this journey or that I can eat more chocolate if I run another 400 meters.

Future Goals?
Be mindful of the present, never forget your past because at the time it really seemed like a good idea, and from the mouth of a new friend Amy D “Show up, try not to throw up, and finish.”

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