Members Of The Month: August 2018
Name: Shannon McCoy
Member Since: August 2017
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
My introduction to weight training and HIIT was at Enzo Athletic Performance in North Platte in Summer 2016. Jason Jensen, Kayla Jensen, and Tish Lovitt are outstanding coaches that helped someone with zero experience start to understand the movements.
I moved to Lincoln in Fall 2016 and joined CrossFit Lincoln. I went to law school with Sarah Kniep, wife of Phil Kniep, and Preston Peterson (another CrossFitter), and they encouraged me to drop in on a Saturday. I’ve been hooked ever since!
Were you scared to start? If so, what motivated you to start?
I was nervous to start, it was outside my comfort zone and my only impression of CrossFit was from TV. However, once I started going to classes, I realized that CrossFit truly is for everyone. I was motivated to start in order to get stronger, and was tired of just focusing on running and cycling. Cardio helped me lose weight after school, but then I was ready to gain strength.
What has kept me motivated most of all is the community. It’s a special and dedicated group, and the positive energy has pushed me a lot further than I would have thought possible. Climate is my fitness family, and the gym is my second home.
Fun fact, Mark Schumacher (who was at CF Lincoln at the time) taught my first class of CrossFit. He had the fun task of trying to explain to me how to kip properly.
Did you have an athletic background before starting?
During high school and college at UNL my primary hobbies were music and marching band. I didn't get serious about fitness until after law school. My first job after school was as a judicial clerk in North Platte. It was a totally new community for me, so I joined the local running club to meet people. I got hooked and went from 5Ks to 10Ks to Halves, and completed one full Marathon. That experience gave me the confidence to turn to weight training and give CrossFit a try.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since beginning?
My proudest moments have been completing several Open workouts Rx, and competing with friends at the CrossFit Elkhorn Fitness World Series and Railyard Riot.
What has been the most challenging thing for you?
Mobility has been a challenge, but a lot of practice, great coaching, and overcoming some mental hurdles has lead to great improvement. As my early coaches would tell you, I could not even do a PVC overhead squat when I started. It is still very challenging, but I’m proud of my progress and am motivated to keep pushing forward.
What time do you usually take classes?
I enjoy going to 5:30 or 6:30 after work, and will try to hit 4:30 on Fridays. On rare occasions you’ll see me at 6:00am class. I tried 5:00am once for kicks, but let’s just say I’m not a morning person!
How has CrossFit benefited you outside of the gym physically and/or mentally?
It’s easy to talk about the physical improvements, but CrossFit has been a major confidence booster mentally. In order to become a better CrossFit athlete you have to be disciplined, in your diet, time management, and attitude. It gives you the mindset to push through difficult challenges of any kind because you know it will be worth it in the end, even if the results are not immediate. CrossFit really is one big analogy for life.
Give us three words that describe you.
Harmonizer, Focused, Listener
What’s something we may not know about you?
I played saxophone in the Nebraska marching band for 4 years and used to be a decent jazz musician.
What is your favorite activity outside of the gym?
Anything outdoors, especially visiting state and national parks. I’m a craft beer enthusiast and enjoy visiting new breweries. Most of all I enjoy spending time with friends.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
(Healthy) burrito bowls, fully loaded!
What is your favorite “cheat” meal
Raising Cane’s chicken fingers with fries and sweet tea.
If you could master one skill in the gym that you currently don't have, what would it be?
Definitely handstand push ups, I encourage everyone to keep peer pressuring me to work harder on this!
What's your favorite movement?
Running…just kidding. I’m a big fan of deadlifts, kettlebell swings, and box jumps.
What's your least favorite movement?
Strict pistols are a major challenge
What would you tell someone who is on the fence about trying CrossFit?
Understand that CrossFit meets you wherever your skill level is, it’s not just for gifted athletes. Anyone can blame his or her genetics for not being a natural, but there’s something awesome about trying to maximize your own potential. It’s really a competition with yourself, to prove that you have the discipline to make a positive life change.