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 we shine the spotlight on Alicia Montes, a member since October of 2015
When did you join Grand Trunk, and why?
Alicia: October of 2015 for multiple reasons.
First, I had recently had my second baby and lost all of the baby weight plus some through an unhealthy diet and realized I needed to get stronger.
Secondly, my husband had just deployed to Iraq, and I really just needed the mental break where I could focus my attention on something besides working and caring for our two-and-a-half year-old and eight-month-old.
What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit?
The people at Grand Trunk are the best. I enjoy having like-minded people around me who push me to do things I would’ve never cared to do on my own.
What is your favorite movement?
I enjoy anything barbell-related. Deadlifts are my favorite power lift with back squat a close second. But the technical nature of the snatch makes that my favorite Olympic lift.
What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of?
After four years of CrossFit, I don’t think I can pick just one. Most recently I’ve gotten bar muscle ups that I’m pretty pumped about. I back squatted 240 pounds at my first competition. And I hit a 305# deadlight that I’d been chasing since I started at Grand Trunk. I also did CrossFit throughout an entire pregnancy.
I also switched to a macro-based diet and dropped 20 pounds this year.
I even RX’d Murph and ran a half-marathon trail run earlier this year. See, too many to pick from!
What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish?
My recent goals have been diet-related in hopes of bettering my gymnastics. Although I’ve gotten my bar muscle-ups, I’m not proficient at them, so I practice a few times a week. My goal is to keep getting leaner without sacrificing my strength.
What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?
Set aside your fear and doubts.
Don’t worry about not knowing the movements and having to ask questions. There isn’t an athlete or coach here that would say no to helping you. It’s easy to feel insecure when you’re watching an experienced CrossFit athlete work through a weightlifting segment or WOD. Instead of thinking “I could never do that” or “this isn’t for me”, be a sponge. I had those thoughts my first few weeks until I started modeling those athletes, and I’ve never looked back.
How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym?
I have the energy to keep up with my three kids. I also have the strength and confidence to approach any situation at work.
What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?
I was a HORRIBLE student. One of my good friends wrote “I honestly never thought you’d make it this far” in my senior yearbook, if that tells you anything.
If you could create your own WOD, what would it be?
I like to fight on my own terms.
7 snatches 135/105
14 dumbbell clean & jerks
35 kettlebell swings 70/53
Fill in the blank: I CrossFit (because/so I can): People depend on me. My kids and husband are my world. CrossFit helps me not only be a great mom and wife, but it makes me an asset to my department and my community.
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