Andrea Pruett - July 2016 Athlete of the Month

Nick Pritchett
August 1, 2016

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 44 year old mom of five. My husband, Tyson, and I have been married 23 years. I taught fifth grade for two years, giving that up to raise our kids. Having five kids in as many years kept me on my toes. Our oldest daughter just turned 18, we have a 15 year old son, a 13 year old daughter and twin boys that are 12. I have been working part time the last three years as an office assistant at Riviera Christian School, where my kids attended elementary school. I do also sub occasionally to get my "teacher" fix.

How did you hear about CrossFit and why did you start?

A little over a year ago, a friend called me and asked me if I was interested in joining the OnRamp class with her at Cherry City Cross Fit. I was very interested. About a year before that, I was having serious medical issues which limited a lot of movement for me. Simple, every day things caused too much pain to accomplish much of anything. I was doing a lot of sitting and it was starting to really affect me in a lot of negative ways. I was always tired, had no endurance and felt like I never had any energy. Flash forward year later when my friend invited me to join CrossFit and my medical issues were much more under control, I was "Game ON!"

How has CrossFit changed your life?

I am now playing with my kids again, not having to quit due to pain or lack of energy. This last week is a great example. We took our kids on the Wild and Scenic portion of the Rogue River. This is 4 day 3 night rafting and camping adventure. It does not just include rafting and camping. It is hiking (with some interesting climbing) serious swimming (against the current, if you dare) jumping off cliffs, etc. At one point, I even adventured paddling my "Duckie" which is similar to a kayak. I was terrified. The wind picked up so much that evening, that if you weren't paddling hard and strong enough, you were actually floating up stream. Ladies and gentleman, I did it! I navigated the rapids, fought the wind and survived! I firmly believe, if I had not joined CrossFit, not only would I not have had the strength and stamina to to fight that wind (that was literally blowing droplets of water from the river onto us) I also would not have had the guts to even attempt it. Yes, CrossFit has given me energy, strength, and endurance, but it has also given me so much confidence to attempt things I'd never dreamed of doing.

‍My family right before we set off on the river.

What have you accomplished, that you couldn't before, because of CrossFit?

I loved gymnastics as a kid. I was never any good at it, but I could do simple things, you know, cartwheels, heads stands, etc. As I got older, doing those moves became scary or painful, so I just resigned myself to the fact I was too old to do them anymore. Crossfit has totally changed my outlook. This may sound lame to you all, but the day we had to do cartwheels in our work out, I just laughed. I thought I'd do one, and die. I was so shocked at what I accomplished that day, and so proud. Silly, yes, but let me tell you, I thought I was too old to ever even attempt those again. Now I'm doing headstands and handstands. Who knew?

Tell us one goal and P.R. you would like to accomplish through CrossFit.

I have never been an athlete, have never trained for anything, which I have to constantly remind myself of when I feel like I'm not making any progress. A lot of times I still feel like I'm too weak. However, I look at how far I've come and give myself a pat on the back. I love the weight lifting and honestly, PRing on any move is an accomplishment to me. Also, someday, I hope to be able to a pull up with out any modifications. Someday, which means I'm going to have to stick with Crossfit to accomplish it.

What is your favorite part of Cherry City CrossFit?

I have several, but to narrow it down, I'd say the accountability. If I didn't have to sign in, I'd never show up. It would be too easy to hear my alarm go off and say, "Meh, I'm too tired this morning." But, because I've essentially asked someone to come help me be a better me (my clicking that "RESERVE" tab), I'm going to show up. I also have to say, I love the coaches. Jenna especially. I don't think you realize how big a role you've played in my being successful! You have encouraged me, pushed me and helped me in a multitude of ways. Thank you! Oh, and the variety of Crossfit workouts! I love that it's not just a mundane day at the gym. I'm always going to do something different. Even if I do repeat a workout, it's so far between them, it doesn't matter.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

Honestly, I really enjoy almost all the weightlifting. I can't think of one type of lift I like the best, I really just enjoy learning them, doing them and what it has done for me physically.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit movement?

I'll just say Burpees and wall balls are a close tie!

Why do you fight? What pushes or motivate you?

In the beginning, it was because I told my friend who invited me to join, that I'd be there. When she wasn't able to continue, it was because I had seen such a vast difference in myself, physically and even emotionally. Now, it's those things and, I can play with my kids again! I'm willing to jump in the pool (and river, to swim upstream), or whatever else the may ask me to join in on. I have the stamina and the strength to do it again. And now, my husband has joined and is by my side. That's a pretty good motivator too.

Nick Pritchett
Technology Director