June Athlete of the Month
Tell us about yourself, hobbies, interests, family, job, etc.
Well, I’m Chelsea Hubbard for those of you that don’t know me. I work as a Member Relationship Specialist at Monroe Community Credit Union and I also work contingently as a hair stylist at Ultra Performance, which my aunt owns in Monroe, MI. I am recently engaged to my fiance Mitch Hawkins, who used to come to LTF as well but has not been in a while due to a recovering injury and some crazy work hours he has been working. I have 3 pets, which includes 2 cats and 1 dog. My cats’ names are Shadow and Mr. Pants, and my dog’s name is Kiwanis. My hobbies include CrossFit, traveling, shopping, and relaxing at home whenever I can.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I have been doing CrossFit for a year and 8 months.
What do you remember about your first CrossFit experience?
My first CrossFit experience was very nerve racking for me, but also one of the best experiences I have encountered. I knew what I was getting myself into was going to be challenging, but also what I had been looking for.
What do you most enjoy about CrossFit?
I enjoy that every day is a different workout, and every day I know I can push my limits.
What do you most enjoy about being part of Light the Fire CrossFit family?
I enjoy that everyone makes you feel welcomed, and everyone encourages you to keep trying and pushing yourself…even when you’re the last one to finish a WOD. There has been so many times I have been one of the last people to finish a WOD and with people cheering me on, that makes me feel good and makes me want to push myself to get through that WOD.
What motivates you to come to the box?
Honestly, just hearing some music that I would normally hear in the box motivates me to come back to the box. Also when I am having a good week and get a new PR on something, that motivates me to come back and keep trying to challenge myself even more.
What is you most recent PR/biggest accomplishment?
My most recent PR would be on my deadlift. I had a goal of wanting to get to 200lbs or more on my deadlift before the end of the year, and I exceeded that goal of 200lbs and made it up to 240lbs. I also just participated in Murph at LTF, and was able to do all my pull ups without a band. That was a goal I had set for myself when participating in Murph last year.
What is your favorite wod, lift, movement, or skill?
My favorite WOD is Cindy. Deadlifts are my favorite lift, and pull ups are my favorite movement.
What is your least favorite wod, lift, movement, or skill?
My least favorite WOD would be Nancy, and my least favorite movement are the dreaded wallballs.
What is your current CrossFit goal?
I have a ton of goals set for myself that I would love to accomplish, but one goal that I am trying to focus on right now is getting more educated on healthy eating and actually sticking with it.
What would you tell a newbie or someone that has never done CrossFit?
Stick with it and don’t get discouraged! It’s easy to look at others who make CrossFit look so easy and think you will never be there one day, but I can promise you one day you will be.
Have you had a life changing experience since starting CrossFit?
I can honestly say I have. Before CrossFit I used to think I knew what I was doing in a gym, until I started CrossFit. I can happily say that I have become a happier, healthier and more confident person from my CrossFit journey so far.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the box?
My life outside the box has changed, but it has changed for the better. Instead of going to a bar for Taco Tuesday or half off margs to unwind, I come to the box and release my stress out there. Like I mentioned in the previous question, I have also gained a more positive outlook on life and I have learned to be more confident in myself.
***The Athlete of the Month will demonstrate qualities such as, attendance, selflessness, proper scaling, time dedicated to mobility and recovery, dedication to improving form, technique, and skill sets, putting the community before yourself, encouragement and
support towards others at the end of WODs.