Name: Shannon Wilson
Tell us a little about yourself:
I have been happily married to Robert Wilson for 15 years and we live in Kimberly. We are parents to twin boys that will be 8 in August. Mason and Brooks keep us busy with baseball, flag football and basketball and all their other little adventures. I have worked in multiple different departments as a Registered Nurse at Children's of Alabama for the last 15 years, and am currently the GI Lab manager. I can honestly say I love my job and being a pediatric nurse. We attend Church of the Highlands Fultondale campus.What made you start CrossFit Gardendale?
I have always been relatively active and enjoyed participating in group fitness as well as running. I would see friends post about CrossFit Gardendale but thought the cost of a monthly membership would not work for my family with two small children. My friend Stephanie Hensley, who is also a member of CFG, won a free beginners on ramp and offered to give to me. After much thought and feelings of nervousness I decided to give it a shot. After all what is one month! I had a plan to finish my one month free and move on because I am not CrossFit material and who has that kind of time and money?!?! That plan quickly changed and turned from one month to almost 3 years this coming October. Wow time flies! I cannot imagine life without my CrossFit family! Yep I said CrossFit family! Because there truly is a bond. I have watched people go through weddings, funerals, birth's and other amazing and or sad life events with the support of their CFG peeps:).Describe your first workout?
My first workout was scary! That's all I remember... LOL. I begged Stephanie to stay and watch On Ramp so I didn't have to walk in by myself, which she did. FYI if any of my peeps plan on starting I am here for you also! By the way it took me a good 5-6 months to learn all the CrossFit lingo and movements. I would look at the WOD (work out of the day) and see things like AMRAP (as many reps as possible) and EMOM (every minute on the minute) and Snatch. I mean what the heck is a snatch! I found myself looking up movements on you tube so I could at least look like I knew what I was doing! Really that was my own insecurities because the coaches at CFG are so helpful and explain things so well without making you feel less than! My most memorable workout is MURPH. If you do not know what that is look it up! It is so hard and so humbling but also so rewarding to participate in a hero WOD!What goals have you accomplished so far?
So far I have gotten RX pull up's, toes to bars, and some pretty amazing lifting PR's (personal records) but most importantly I have gotten stronger! Both mentally and physically. My diet has changed! I mean a true life style change and I feel great! Going to CFG has motivated me to become the best version of myself:).What goals do you plan to accomplish?
I would love to get hand stand push ups, string my pull ups and toes to bars together more effectively and get my first double unders. Again with all that cross fit lingo;). But most of all continue with my healthy life style changes and become the best me I can be!What advice would you give to any new members?
The best advice I can give new members is never give up! You will have great weeks and you will have terrible weeks! I mean weeks so terrible you do not even want to talk about a WOD, but go! Always go! Even when life feels so busy and stressful that you think you cannot fit in a workout with all the chaos.... JUST GO! You will always feel better after you work out. It is a mental break and your family needs you strong and healthy. You have time for what you make time for so give yourself 45 minutes to grow stronger.