Athlete Highlight: Emily Sullivan

Name: Emily Sullivan

Age: 24

Occupation: Dietitian

What brought you to TFA?

I learned about CrossFit in high school from the Custer family and we did a couple small CrossFit workouts after basketball practice. I loved how hard it would work me in such a small period of time. I tried TFA out the summer before I went to college and came back after I graduated.

How has TFA changed your life?

I was never someone who used weights consistently, so TrueFit has helped me get stronger and tone up. I am overall better at all other activities that I like to do (swim, run, bike, hike) because I have more strength. Toning up and being stronger makes me more confident in life which is a huge game changer. My physique changed a lot when I started TFA and im a lot more confident now that I have some muscle. TFA has reminded me the value in group workouts because I always push harder to complete the work out with a better time or more reps when someone is beside me. Also, having coaches always watching to make sure we have good form and do not slack off makes me really appreciate group workouts. TFA athletes are lucky to have the one on one access to coaches. I learn about form and recovery daily when other gyms do not offer that individuality. Lastly, I have met my best friends at TFA. The environment is unmatched.

What goals have you accomplished since being at TFA?

I have learned how to do kipping pullups and string them together, learned how to do a snatch, double unders, triceps pushups, and wall handstand. Also Lindsey, Annie and I took 3rd place at the Granite Games this year.

What are your current goals?

String together toes to bar, beat Mike in all workouts 😊

How many days per week do you workout?  6-7days

What do you enjoy outside of the gym?

Reading and anything outside in the sunshine.

If you could meet anyone, ever, who would it be and why?

I would meet Jonah from the Bible because he got swallowed by a whale and I really need to talk to him about that.

What’s your best story about the gym?

I was doing a burpee on the matts and my belly button ring got caught in between 2 black matts when I was jumping up. That was memorable and painful.

Mandy and I ran 3 miles in the gym just running back and forth inside while it rained before shred a couple of times.

The granite games being held at TFA this year was a great memory.

What advice would you give to the person you were when you started?

Work to get higher weight!

Athlete Interview: Lindsey James


Name: Lindsey James

Age: 32

Occupation: RN

What brought you to TFA? I had been being HARASSED by Kayla Kunkler for months about coming to the gym. I didn’t want to come because I had heard of drama at other gyms in town and didn’t want to be a part of that. I finally caved and went to TFA with Kayla and did an absolutely horrible workout ( a ladder of wall balls and burpees) and loved it. The people I met were so nice!

How has TFA changed your life? Not only do I actually know how to workout now, but I have met some friends that I will have forever. These are people that I would have never otherwise met and can relate to about things besides the gym.

What goals have you accomplished since being at TFA? I don’t know that there is a specific movement, although I never thought I would get double unders! I think the biggest goal is just being comfortable working out! I have learned the movements, and if they are wrong, there are supportive people there to help!

What are your current goals? Gymnastics movements have never been a strength of mine, so I will say that most of those are my goals. I hope to get HSPU someday, and slowly but surely get better at pull-ups!

How many days per week do you workout? I try to go 3-4 days a week. Any day I am not at work, I try to get to the gym!

What is 1 food/meal you could eat for the rest of your life? Chocolateeeeee!!! I have a major sweet tooth. So if anyone is wondering why after 5ish years of doing CrossFit why I don’t have a rockin’ body, that’s why 🤣

What do you enjoy outside of the gym? I’m really enjoying my new neighborhood and home. Decorating my house, Lucas and I walking the dog around town and riding bikes. I also love my work family and enjoy spending time with them outside of work! And of course spending time with my other friends and family! 💕

If you could meet anyone, ever, who would it be and why?
Maya Angelou. She had the most soothing voice, and was such a wise woman. Just reading her most popular quotes make you understand how strong and tough of a woman she was. She didn’t put up with anyone’s crap, and told it how it was! “Nothing will work unless you do”

What has been the biggest thing you have overcome? I wouldn’t say I have overcome it yet, because I’m still learning how to do it everyday, but I would say being a single mom. I haven’t always made the best decisions for Lucas and I, but am finding more courage to work my ass off and fight whoever stands in our way to give him and myself both the life we deserve.

What’s your best story about this gym? I’m not sure that a certain story comes to mind. But I do know that the friends that I have met at the gym are my family. We support each other and talk almost daily about what’s going on in our lives. Some may call it gossiping, but that group of girls will always have my back, and I will have theirs. Those girls and our friendship is the best story! 💕💕💕👯‍♀️👯‍♀️👯‍♀️

What advice would you give to the person you were when you started?
I would tell myself to not get so discouraged. There were some classes, mostly classes that involved snatches 🙄, that I just wanted to leave and cry. It’s definitely not a movement that you can learn in one class, or even a month of classes! You just have got to stick with it and not think that the coaches are picking on you, they are helping you!