CrossFit Midtown is very excited to announce our January Member of the Month, Hailey Plemons! Hailey has been a member for a little over 1 year, has seen dem gains, made some awesome friends, and competed at Graveyard Games 2018! Read on to learn more about Hailey and her CrossFit journey. Thank you for being such an outstanding member of the CFM community!
Name: Hailey Plemons
Nickname: My friends and family call me Hails
Hometown: Columbus, Georgia
How did you get exposed to CrossFit?
After years of soccer, I knew I performed best in a team environment, so I was looking for a gym that offered group classes. I reached out to a family friend that was nine years deep in Crossfit and she recommended I give it a shot.
What brought you to CrossFit Midtown:
The same family friend looked at the programming in the gyms around Atlanta and she really liked what CFM offered.
What was your very first day at CrossFit Midtown like?
I remember getting through the warm-up and Mike saying, "Okay so for the workout we will do.." and panicking internally because I was pretty tired from the warm up. I liked CFM pretty instantly.
What kind of changes have you you experienced since starting CrossFit that were completely unexpected?
One of my favorite changes has been my perspective. Before I joined CFM, I would have to spend most of my day convincing myself to workout or run. Now I wake up and one of the first things I do is check the blog to see what I get to do that day. Another unexpected plus has been all the incredible people I've met along the way.
Tell us some of your recent accomplishments. What goals do you have for 2019!?
I've started to venture out of my comfort zone when it comes to choosing weights for the workouts. AKA Pietsch sees what weight I choose and tells me to try again. But I appreciate that he believes in me (after the workout is over) 🙂
My goals for 2019 are to master DU, TTB, and kipping pull ups
5 Rope Climbs 15 Burpees over Erg 25 Cal Row For Time.
Who wins? You or your sister ;)?
I read this to her and she said, "Don't lie to them Hails, it's definitely me." In which case, we can settle this at the gym.
What is your favorite workout and if you could make up your own workout what would it be?
I enjoy anything with the barbell. Overhead squats are my favorite, so Nancy.
If I had to make one up it would probably have some overhead squats, rope climbs, and burpees. I don't like burpees at all but they make you suffer a little and it feels good after.
Favorite CrossFit Midtown moment
There was a class where Carey Bald approached me and said, "You're stronger than you think you are. You're going to partner with me today and we're going to see what you're made of." She probably doesn't realize how much this meant to me, but it was pretty huge for my confidence. Carey has since moved to Miami, but her voice is always haunting me telling me to go heavier.
Hobbies, Talents and or Interests Outside of CrossFit:
Traveling, playing soccer, hiking, hanging out with friends and my dog.
Advice for new CrossFitters
If you're anything like me, you'll be terrified walking in the first few times. Just keep going back until you love it. The rewards outweigh all the costs.