Gina Smith is our new CrossFit Athlete of the Month for May. Learn more about Gina, the John Deere tractor-ridin’ college professor, the family woman, and the Hyper CrossFit athlete we are very proud of. Read on…
Hometown: Florence, NJ
What do you do to pay your bills? Teacher/College Professor
How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I read an article about this thing called “CrossFit”. I googled the nearest box, which for me was Hyper CrossFIT, and decided to go on a Saturday to try it out, along with my daughter, Lexi. That day completely changed my whole outlook about getting in shape again. Following my total knee replacement, I had been too scared to do anything, but that spring Saturday changed my life! It gave me HOPE and brought back my fight from within!
What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? In order to bring happiness to your life you must surround yourself with positive people. The Hyper CrossFit Family is kind, patient, motivating and just great individuals. I have had a lot of coaches in my life and I will say that the Hyper CrossFit staff is amazing. They make you want to keep coming back and that is a quality of great coaches. The friendships that I have made are genuine and loyal. Lastly, if I didn’t take that chance over a year ago on that spring Saturday morning, I would not have met Kim, Courtney & Crazy Trish – my work out buddies. I feel honored to be a part of Hyper and humbled for being named Athlete of the Month.
What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? I would have to say my proudest moment was completing the CrossFit Open and climbing that rope, which gave me crazy rope burns!
What are you still working on to achieve? Every day is a challenge at CrossFit and that is what brings me back every day. I believe that in order to grow physically, mentally and emotionally you’ve got to challenge yourself and that is what I do, no matter what the workout is. There is not one particular skill I want to improve upon. I want to achieve greatness as a whole. Sound mind in a sound body.
Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with CrossFit. I am a very simple person. My family is the most important thing in my life and I cherish every day I have with them. My John Deere tractor comes second to my family!
What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? I was pretty happy when I PR Squatted 255 lbs, especially on a TKR.
If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? I would name it “The Three Musketeers,” and of course it would consist of anything with lifting, but absolutely NO BURPEE or BOX JUMPS! We all know I can not run, therefore Squatting, Push Press, Deadlifts.
What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try CrossFit? Life is all about chances and I took that chance at Hyper and it was such a great chance. Anyone can do CrossFit. Keep an open mind, believe in yourself, and know you will have a whole family behind you every step of the way. Make no excuses!
Any additional comments you would like to share? I would like to Thank Lawrence, Yolanda, Rex and Laurie for this prestigious honor. If you told me a year ago I would receive this, I would have said, “You’re nuts.” I have had a great support system at Hyper and that is what keeps me coming back.