October Athlete of the Month: Ashleigh Douglas

Congratulations to Ashleigh Douglas for being selected as Rising’s October Athlete of the Month!  Ashleigh has been consistently attending classes and working hard over the past few months and her dedication has not gone unnoticed.  Get to know a little more about her story by checking out her responses below.
Date you started crossfit: August 2013
Day Job: Bartender and student studying to be a Dental Hygienist
Athletic background: Always been a gym rat at the YMCA taking cycle classes, sculpt, and lots of step aerobics. I enjoy running distance versus speed and sneak in one hot yoga class a week for mobility. I also took up kick boxing for awhile.
What made you decide to start crossfit?: I have never liked lifting weights…ever! It is so boring and redundant, so when I saw Michelle Crawford at work one morning I had to ask a co-worker what she did in the gym. The answer was crossfit. I had to be doing it all wrong.  That month I signed up for foundations at the YMCA with Michelle and was determined to take my fitness level higher.

Favorite Crossfit Movement: Backsquat

 Least Favorite Crossfit Movement: Coin toss between med ball cleans and wall walks
What do you love most about crossfit?: I love my second family that has come from being a part of the crossfit community. We have all come together to find fitness and while doing that fulfilled friendships and given back to the community. The positive atmosphere helps fuel my day, which is why I keep coming back.
What comes easily to you in crossfit?: Any type of leg movement or squat
What is your biggest challenge with crossfit?: I have my good days and bad days, but giving up is not an option. I overthink movements and much like school need extra tutoring. Frustrating at times, but it only means once I master it, look out, there will be lots of weight on the bar.  Envisioning my goal helps me keep a realistic pace.