**This is a new monthly feature we will be adding in for a few reasons, one of which so everyone can get to know athlete from other class times. We went with this approach over the “Athlete of the Month” because that decision is always tough with so many people making monthly improvements. Enjoy!

January 2017 Athlete Spotlight ~ Lori Burdick!

Lori started with us here at CFAF back in early October, 2016 with our first installment of the 6-Week New You Challenge.  Like most in the group, she was quiet to start but quickly found her form and has had no problem speaking up when she needs too.  I remember after the first week of the challenge Lori came to me and said, “Hey I lost ‘X’ pounds!” Knowing that Lori has a lot of potential and some great goals ahead, I wanted her to be happy with her loss but at the same time not relax.  She’s a hard worker, and I intended on keeping her grinding with some extra motivation.  My reply went something like this, “That’s great and you should be very happy! Lets keep in mind the most amount of fat a person can lose in a given week is around 2.5#’s with the anything else most likely water weight.  Water weight is great to lose as well because that’s weight off our vital organs like the heart.  Be happy with the progress, but let’s keep fighting as we have bigger goals to reach.” She was not happy with that response.  It was a risk, and a risk I’d take again because every week moving forward the weight loss number she gave me grew, and grew, and grew all the way to 28#’s after the 6-Weeks which is remarkable. At the end of the challenge she said, “Hey Mat, I’m down 28#’s and you can bet your ass it isn’t water weight.” Laughing, I said, “Your damn right girl, and you worked hard for all of that.  You should be damn proud of that accomplishment.” We all have great stories of where we started and where we are at now, here’s just one of the many you’ll read about moving forward.

Get to know Lori!

Name: Lori Burdick

How long have you been doing CrossFit for? – 13 weeks

What’s your favorite move and/or WOD? – the Deadlift, any WOD’s with Deadlifts I like

What’s your least favorite one and/or WOD? – Box Jumps

What’s one piece of advice you would give someone nervous about doing CrossFit? – It’s a family here so don’t worry, they’ll take care of you.

Favorite Movie? – Top Gun (great choice)

Favorite “cheat food”? – Cheese

If you could have on super power what would it be? – To be invisible when I needed to be

What’s your #1 goal here at CFAF? – to get strong