Athlete of the MonthJune

Becks Tyers-Smith

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I started doing the fundamentals with Brett in May 2017 and began classes after the summer.

 

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?

Pete!! He loves CrossFit and for a long time (3 years!!) he has wanted me to do it too!! The 10am class fit with my schedule so I decided to give it a try!!

 

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

I was scared about the barbell element of CrossFit. When doing the fundamentals it felt like there was so much to remember for each of the movements and I lacked confidence in doing them. The fundamentals with Brett enabled me to gain some confidence, but when I started classes I had the feeling that I wanted to avoid classes with lots of barbell movements.
However, the turning point for me was when I was encouraged to face my fear and I decided to do Barbell Club. Doing my first Barbell Club was totally out of my comfort zone and I got nervous every session! However, it was the best thing I could have done because now I actually want to do more barbell work!! The repetition of the complex barbell movements was fantastic for me and it gave me confidence that I needed. Brett and Chris were outstanding and helped me so much to achieve what I have in Barbell Club. Thank you both very much!!

 

We recently had a discussion about your bone fusion in your back and how coming to CrossFit has helped alleviate some of the pain you’ve experienced. Tell us a little bit about when you found out about it and how exercise has been better for you.

I found out I had Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2004, which for me causes inflammation in my sacroiliac joint and spine. I have always been active which has helped with the flare ups but, only since doing CrossFit I can say I have had no flare ups and I no longer take medication for it which is amazing!!!

 

Your husband Pete is also a member – we loved seeing him cheer you on in the first Fitness Test earlier this month btw. We’re curious, who would do 50 burpees faster, you or him ;)

Hahahahahahaha!! Hands down Pete! You could have chosen something I might be able to beat him at!!!

 

You participated in the CrossFit Open in February this year. The next Open is 5 months away. Are you going to participate again and if so, what are your goals? Anything in particular you’ve been working on?

Yes for sure I am going to participate in the next Open! It would be awesome if I could nail my toes to bar before then! I have been working on them in PTs but I need to make time to work on them outside of PTs to achieve this I think. I would also like to be able to do double unders by then too, so again I need to put in the work outside of class time!

 

Name something you’re most proud of in the gym.

Probably my squat snatch/overhead squat. During my fundamentals I couldn’t even squat with a pvc pipe above my head!!

 

Did you play any sports growing up?

Yes, I swam for a club, represented my county Leicestershire at netball, and I played tennis for a club.

 

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

Ummm… I did the 2 mile North Sound Open Water swim in Virgin Gorda, BVI in 2014.

 

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)

I have always wanted to do a sky dive….. but I would also really like to ski/snowboard again regularly and go on safari.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

I don’t really have one, but I like WODs that have a mixture of gymnastic movements and barbells, and I do like rowing!

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

I am not overly keen on wall balls, so I guess Karen would be my least favourite WOD at the moment!

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

How much I have grown to love CrossFit!! I didn’t think I could love another sport as much as I love tennis!! But I do! There is so much to learn and room for improvement, so I don’t ever get bored!!

 

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

Hands down 100% ! The coaches are outstanding, so knowledgeable and encouraging. The staff and people are really friendly and I have made some friends for life!!

 

Thanks Becks, we are proud to have you as our June 7 Miler.

 


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