Each month, we will profile a Grand Trunk CrossFit member who has seen incredible results since joining our “box”.

It is our hope, that by showing you what can be accomplished through regular workouts and a commitment to fitness, you will be encouraged to take the leap and come in for a workout.

This month’s spotlight is on Bridget McRell, a Grand Trunk member since 2017.

When did you join Grand Trunk, and why?

Bridget: As a Type 1 diabetic who was worn out of chain gyms and solo workouts, I was trying to find a fitness option that would hold my interest and help me manage my health.

What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit?

The variation of the WODs keeps you mentally and physically engaged and the environment at GTCF, the encouragement from the coaches and members, it’s an awesome feeling to be part of such a great group of people.

What is your favorite movement?

Back squat or chest press.

What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of?

As I round out my first year of being here, I am proud of each progression, whether it is moving from box steps to box jumps, being able to do a handstand hold (finally), all those positive steps, big or small, motivate me to see what else I am capable of.

What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish?

Getting my kipping pull up / C2B; I am seeing progression and am hoping to knock this one out.

What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?

Don’t underestimate yourself; it all seems big and scary coming in but the beauty of it is that everything is scalable; and before you know it you are doing things you never thought possible.

How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym?

CrossFit is teaching me to carve time out for myself. Amazingly, the house isn’t going to fall down if I go to the gym after work instead of going home; and a little less “mom-guilt” goes a long way.

What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?

That even as a late forty-something, my dream job would be a cowboy: horses, dogs, being outside, what’s not to love?

If you could create your own WOD, what would it be?

Back squat or chest press, followed by:

7 squat cleans

9 push ups

11 wall balls

7 C2B pull-ups

Fill in the blank: I CrossFIt (because/so I can): I want to live a long and healthy life that is not defined by my medical challenges but is enhanced by the combination of CrossFit and my stubborn attitude.

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