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August 2016

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith is a member of the CrossFit Redux power family: The Smiths. We are lucky enough to have Bernard, Rachael, Ryan, and our member of the month for August, 2016, Michelle, as members of CrossFit Redux.
 
Michelle is about as determined as they come. She never takes any shortcuts during WODs and is always up for anything. Especially a WOD that has running.
 
Michelle has such a genuine and caring soul. She is always eager to learn and then pass on her knowledge. Get to know her – you won’t regret it for a second. Thank you Michelle, and the entire Smith family, for making us a part of your journey! We are truly blessed because of you.

Michelle’s Interview

Definitely not my thing. I was all about the small, quiet, ethereal, lavender-smelling pilates studio under the watchful eye of a smart, well-trained instructor. Except for the smart, well-trained instructor, it’s obviously the antithesis of a CrossFit box. So my transition took some time.
I viewed my time at CrossFit as an activity to do with my family. My goal was, and still is, to move functionally. Fast forward, I’ve gotten stronger, look different, and have greater ability in all my activities. I’ve even been known to peek at the 55+ year old athletes in the sport.
As I mentioned above, it was an activity to do with my family.
No surprise to anyone who knows me, my favorite activity is running. I’ve always enjoyed running. Born in the year of the ox, my capacity is slow and steady, but I love what I do.

My least favorite activity, gee, let me see as there are a number of them! I guess I’ll go with inverted. I’ve never done a handstand in my life! A number of years ago during a movement program that I was in, I asked to do a handstand. The teacher selected four robust men to get me inverted! I cried after the event at the loving gesture of these four men making a handstand possible for me. Fast forward to CrossFit, I am eternally grateful for Downward Dog as a modification.

Diet is fundamental. Commit to eating clean. The gold standard for this would be: know where your food comes from, unprocessed, and low-glycemic. Shy of this, do the best that you can. Take regular time to walk or be in nature and sprint occasionally. For CrossFit and all activities, my mantra continues to be move functionally for strength, to prevent injury, and to promote longevity. Work with a trainer who is able to teach and watch you with a critical eye so that you are able to make gains while avoiding injury.
Oh, this is an easy one. Paleo Margaritas: Fresh-squeezed lime juice, simple syrup made from local honey, and tequila (Milagro is my choice). Stop by and I’ll make you one!
I’ve worked out with my husband before, but it has been many years. When we first met we were both gym rats, and he subscribed to Muscle and Fitness.

At first, I was concerned about my kids taking up CrossFit (ie. growing bones and lifting weights). Ryan has extensive pilates training, Rachael to a lesser degree. And because of this I was confident that they knew how to avoid injury. Dave and Job (chiropractor) helped me to understand how to safely bring CrossFit to kids.

The elation for me was seeing the newfound joy and tenacity that Rachael found from lifting weights. Ryan is a gorgeous mover, whom I’ve always enjoyed watching in any physical activity.

My family incents me to make it to the gym, and that’s a good thing!
I’ve always loved moving outside. I get incredibly bored doing cardio inside. The reverse 400 stems from this. I like to mix things up or seek the road less traveled to keep it interesting. If we have a longer run, I generally map the distance out within the Redux neighborhood, in lieu of countless laps around the building.

View Former member’s of the month

  • CrossFit Redux member of the month for July 2016, Pam Iwanaga
  • CrossFit Redux member of the month for June 2016, Tony Del Greco
  • CrossFit Redux Member of the Month May 2016 Virginia Gonzales