Name: Meaghan Hirtle
Tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up in a very supportive family. I am engaged to, Leigh Cumbie, thanks to joining CFG. I have lived in the Fultondale/Gardendale area since I was 8 years old, with the exception of moving to Montevallo to earn my collaborative degree in Elementary Education/Special Education. I am a special education teacher at Erwin Intermediate. I work with students with different levels of Autism and while some days are challenging, I absolutely love my job. Everyday is a new and exciting day!What made you start CrossFit Gardendale?
It’s actually not what, it’s who. Jenn Fox! We were at church one night and she basically guilted me into joining with her because she didn’t want to come alone. I told her I would do it, and just quit after my free month. Little did I know, 2 months is long enough to become addicted and make an entire set a friends that basically becomes your chosen family!Describe your first workout?
I don’t remember my first “official” workout, but I do remember the “worst” workout was during on ramp. I remember, very clearly, falling in the great attempt at a 35# deadlift, Luke was the coach and asked me several times if I needed to quit. Also, during on ramp, Carrie took away my white kettlebell (18#) and gave me the lightest one (yes, the one without the tape) and I remember it being heavy and I still struggled to swing it.What goals have you accomplished so far?
Well, my number one goal was to quit using the wooden plates that I think I used for at least 2 months when I first started. Besides that, I have PR’d several lifts, and I am finally able to do toes to bar, pull ups, and a few double unders. Oh, and I can successfully dead-lift 145# without falling and I can complete a WOD using the blue kettlebell (44#). Persistence pays off!!!What goals do you plan to accomplish?
My goal for this year is to master HSPUs and chest to bar pull ups. I also want to get better at DUs so that I can string more together.What advice would you give to any new members?
Just do it! There’s nothing that will prepare you more than taking the first step inside the door, that’s literally the hardest step. I hear people say all the time that CrossFit is dangerous. I will be the first one to admit, I have been stopped several times by coaches so they can help me correct my form. If you listen to them, they will not let you do anything to hurt yourself. Sign up today to join the CFG family!! I promise, you will love it!