Athlete of the MonthJuly

Briana Ebanks

Years at CrossFit 7 Mile - Grand Cayman: 1

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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

About 9 months

 

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

I was really at a low point in my life and realized that it was up to me to make some changes to improve my physical health. I was extremely overweight and unhappy with myself.

 

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

Making the decision to actually do something. Once I did, it was just a matter of getting myself to the gym. It was also a bit overwhelming to see all the really fit people in the classes work out like rock stars. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to not make a complete fool of myself, let alone try and keep up. I ended up doing two rounds of PT Fundamentals and facing my fears head on. Luckily I found the community at CrossFit 7 Mile so welcoming and everyone really encouraged me on my journey.

 

How has having a Coach for Life been helpful for you?

Trevor has been really great. I am thankful that he was able to curb my fears about joining the classes and modifying my workouts to assist me particularly with my knee issues. I know I can count on him to provide me with sound advice and he even provides me with WODs whilst I am off island, albeit burpees included at no extra charge. LOL.

 

We are just over the half way mark in the year. Are there any goals you wish to accomplish this year – inside or outside of the gym?

To keep improving my fitness levels. I would like to be able to do a pull up, but first I need to lose another 20 lbs.

 

Favorite hobby outside the gym?

Reading and gardening.

 

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

The decision to workout every day Monday to Friday. In April I made the decision to move up from 3 to 5 days a week. I found that I just feel better the days that I work out.

 

Did you play any sports growing up?

When I was young I did a lot of roller skating but I always loved the water and anything at the beach was fair game – swimming ,water skiing, hydro sliding, etc.

 

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

How much I admire the fitness levels and dedication that so many put in to their workouts. I also appreciate the support and community they have.

 

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

No I am not a thrill seeker in that regard. I like to keep my feet planted on the ground and have no desire to jump out of a perfectly good airplane or bridge. I am thinking about learning to scuba though.

 

What is your favorite WOD and why?

Don’t think I have a favorite as I enjoy that we do something different everyday. That is what makes it fun and enjoyable for me.

 

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Burpees of course. Just a different word for torture.

 

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

That I would really enjoy it the way I do. I hadn’t worked out in years and had really low self esteem when it came/comes to my body. That is changing and although I am not where I want to be physically, I know I am on the right path. I feel better about myself and the journey has really made a positive impact on my personal wellbeing.

 

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

Definitely and I do all the time. Staff are knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging. I’ve met a lot of people both coaches and people who started out like me (maybe not at such a low fitness level) who are dedicated to improving their fitness levels which is inspiring. Everyone also encourages each other which makes it fun.

 

Congratulations, Briana!  We are so proud to have you as our July 7 Miler of the Month.

 


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