November Member Spotlight

George & Donna Dothard

November is a time to focus on gratitude. Though we should make it a priority every day, we start to think about it more with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching. We sure are grateful for these two. George and his lovely bride Donna are a gem to this gym community. We all look up to George and Donna. They have so many attributes we all can aspire to; capable because they don’t let age get in the way of trying something new and uncomfortable; amiable because they are warm and kind to everyone they meet; supportive, of each other and their fellow gym mates. We could go on, but we know you need to get on with your day. George is coming up on his two year anniversary with CrossFit Mudtown and Donna is just over a year in. We are so proud of their progress and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.

Member since:
Donna: August 2016
George: January 2016

What do you do for a living?
D: I teach Environmental Science at Spain Park High School
G: I manage a small pest control company for Wayne’s Environmental Services.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout?
D: George tried for months to talk me into coming, and I finally gave in. My first workout was “Fight Gone Bad”. I almost didn’t come back.
G: My 50th birthday was in December of 2015. I told Donna that I wanted to get back in shape and become healthy. I had seen the “crazy” crossfitters running down the road and was intrigued. I was looking for a gym close to my house. My first workout (run 200m, 15-12-9 sq-pu-su, 200 meters). It took me 7mins and 44 seconds. Halfway through the workout I thought I had made a big mistake (joining CrossFit). I hurt so bad-I couldn’t talk afterward- honestly. (By the way- my first onramp class was on January 11th 2016 at 7pm. I’m a big Bama fan. The kickoff of the National Championship game Bama vs Clemson was at 7:15pm. It was a test – thank goodness for DVR’s. I had to ignore my phone as I watched the game delayed.)

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend?
D: 3 days a week to the 6:30pm class
G: 3 days per week. Usually 6:30pm.

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout?
D: I like back squats and dead lifts. Doesn’t everybody like those? 🙂
G: I really don’t have a favorite movement- although there are some movements that I dislike less than others. I seem to semi-enjoy deadlifts.

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout?
D: I hate double-unders because I can’t do them at all and can’t imagine a day when I’ll be able to do them.
G: Anything over my head. Overhead squats, snatch, jerk, wall balls etc.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown?
D: I love seeing the people and working out with my buddies. I love all of my coaches! You guys are the GREATEST!!! I also have numerous chronic back issues, but I feel better than I have felt in decades really.
G:After the first month of crossfit-I lost weight, my clothes started fitting better, I slept better and I physically felt better. I began looking forward to working out and also looked forward to that feeling of accomplishment I was getting after the workout. The gym family at Mudtown is outstanding. We love the fellowship and comradery we get and have made many great new friends.

Favorite thing about Birmingham?
D: Birmingham is big enough without being TOO big of a city. I love living in Cahaba Heights!
G: Mild winters, southern hospitality

Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment?
G: Maybe a month into CrossFit I was doing a workout of 3 rounds for time. After completing the first round(and just about dying) I thought I was done. So I yelled out loudly- “TIME!!!” Danny looked at me and said “Ahh- you have two more rounds to go.” After the workout was over- somebody said ” Who was the joker that yelled “TIME” really quick? I looked around at the crowd and said- ha, not sure who that was.

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)?
D: Like most parents, we are most proud of our son Cole who is 18 and will be attending Auburn next fall. If I let him leave.
G: My beautiful wife and son- God has blessed me tremendously!

What is your favorite meal?
D: Unfortunately, chicken fettuccine alfredo. Very healthy stuff!!
G: Meatloaf and mashed potatoes w gravy and sweet tea (sorry Billy)

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit?
D: I love the outdoors.
G: Golf and cooking.

What is one goal that you are currently working on?
D: Pull ups. I think I will feel cool when I can do at least one pull up!!

Do you have a hidden talent?
D: Not really. I sing. I’ve sung in choirs my whole life. Not very hidden though. Oh I do make the absolute best heath bar cookies!! Not Paleo or Vegan though.
G: I can recognize celebrities voices on television commercials.

Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you.
D: George and I were next door neighbors after college. That’s how we met. One of my roommates at the time was totally in love with George, but obviously that didn’t work out – for her! We on the other hand have been married 24 years! 🙂 Worked out well for me.

October Member Spotlight

Lindsey Swaffield

If it’s 6:00am at CrossFit Mudtown, you can bet Lindsey will be there. For the past year and half that’s been her go-to class time. Rarely taking more than two days off! Staying consistent and patient in the process, Lindsey has gained so much strength and overall fitness. She’s a quiet (but confident) leader in the gym and we’re lucky to have her in the community.

Member since: April 2106

What do you do for a living? Stay at home Mom and lovin’ it

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? My brother used to go on and on about CrossFit and I thought “Oh that’s not for me, I could never do that.” A couple years later, my husband decided to give it a try, and being the super competitive person that I am I said “oh no, not without me!” My first workout was CrossFit Total. It was a great workout to have as a starting point to my journey, now I can look back at that and see how far I’ve come.

How many days/week do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? I attend the 6am class 5 days a week, unless mom duties or extreme soreness keep me home 🙂

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Overhead squat

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Thruster of course

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? I never thought I could do CrossFit due to some heart issues I’ve dealt with for most of my life and although I do struggle sometimes, I’m amazed at what I’m capable of these days. I thank God literally everyday on my way to the gym for the privilege of getting to workout. That is what keeps me coming back, and of course the awesome 6am crew that pushes and encourages me! And shout out to my accountability and workout partner Julie McMakin who doesn’t let me skip a day!

Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? It was back squat Monday. Mid squat I realized the weight was too heavy and I couldn’t stand back up. Instead of bailing out, I froze and the barbell rolled all the way down my back and onto the floor. Luckily, no one was injured.

Favorite thing about Birmingham? I love all the outdoor activities. My family and I enjoy camping, playing disc golf, mountain biking, swimming, etc. There’s always something to do.

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? In the gym: pull ups and I just recently got chest-to-bar pull ups! Outside the gym: Being a wife and mom. God has a way of changing our plans to His plans and making life better than we could imagine.

What is your favorite meal? Chicken Shawarma from Eli’s Jerusalem Grill

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? Going to the beach, working on house projects with Forrest, and playing board games with anyone who will play!

What is one goal that you are currently working on? Still working on getting 5 strict pull-ups. I’m up to 2 so far.

Do you have a hidden talent? I can wiggle my ears

Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. While in the Coast Guard I was a crane operator, which I actually thoroughly enjoyed.

September Member Spotlight

Casey “Ric Flair” Sturgill

Foreward by Coach Billy.

Casey could compete for the championship belt in many categories at the gym and in life.  Funniest, hardest working, most dedicated, most loyal, skinniest adult male, best snatcher, best softball player-coach, the list goes on and on.

In all seriousness Casey is the type of person you want in your corner and on your team.  He is going to win or work hard until he does.  He sets lofty goals and pursues them with an aggressive passion that not many people possess.  Simply put, Casey fulfills the mantra, “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”  He’s a great friend to many at the gym and we are lucky to have him in our community.

Back for a little humor… the below interview from Casey is funny, but this link is epic.

Love you Casey, Ric, Sturg… keep on trucking!

Member since: August 2015

What do you do for a living? I sell things—mostly legal. It’s a good way to meet new people and build relationships.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I heard about CrossFit when I was in college, but I did not give it a chance until 2 years ago. A friend of mine was looking for someone to start it with, and I told him I’d give him 2 months, and then he was on his own. I haven’t stopped. My first workout involved 200-meter runs, squats and sit-ups, I think.

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? I usually get in 4-5 days each week. I mostly attend the evening classes, but I’m a wildcard. I could show up at any time.

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Grace

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Workouts with lots of deadlifts.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? I want to curl as much asBrian Warwick. His biceps are super. Have you seen them? I can’t miss any days. He’s doing curls right now, I know it.

Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? Here’s the thing. It’s always been my dream to dunk a basketball on a regulation-sized goal. I’ve

thought about buying those jump shoes in the Eastbay catalogue; they seem totes legit. I like to test my progress by jumping and trying to touch things. There’s a crossbeam at Mudtown that’s probably around 9.5 feet high. I try to jump and touch it when no one’s around or looking, but I’ve been caught several times. Tyler Destefano in particular has seen me do this a lot. He’s very encouraging. He’s all like, “Not even close,” or he just giggles at me like a child. He’s the best.

Favorite thing about Birmingham? The proximity to so many other cool cities like Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis and Nashville.

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? 100 double-unders unbroken. Worked a long time on those.

What is your favorite meal? Steak with baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread.

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? You know, I’m pretty typical: I like lunar eclipses, solar eclipses, time travel, botany, a cool glass of Zima on a neon-lit balcony overlooking Daytona Beach during spring break, and practicing karate and wrestling moves with my friends. But, for reals, I just like to laugh and make people laugh. That’s all.

What is one goal that you are currently working on? I want to snatch 185 lbs.

Do you have a hidden talent? I can recite Mike Gundy’s 2007 “I’m a man” Oklahoma State post-game press conference. But the moment has to be right, so don’t ask me to do it during the 6:30 class.

Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. I enrolled at the University of Texas-Austin for graduate school, and I picked out an apartment before driving through Alabama and changing my mind. Lucky you.


August Member Spotlight

Kyrie Carlson

Member since: September 2016

What do you do for a living? Right now I work at Seasons 52 but perpetual student is a more accurate description.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I had friends introduce me to CrossFit years ago and to be honest I cannot remember what it was. But it probably had to do with box jumps which took me months to be able to learn the coordination of.

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? 3 days a week/ and it just depends on my work schedule. I’ve visited almost every class time except 6 am. I don’t do mornings.

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Chippers in general. I also really love rowing and cleans.

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Snatches and overhead squat. Mostly because I’m terrible at them.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? I always tell people I’m not an athlete. But what I love about CrossFit is that with every workout I get better, faster, and stronger. I also will never accomplish it. So I keep coming and finding challenges to work at. I appreciate Mudtown because the attention to form and solid coaching and community makes me proud to be apart of.

Favorite thing about Birmingham? I love the hidden talent Birmingham holds. I have met so many aspiring musicians and artists. It’s like an underground treasure

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? My first pull-up during the Open.

What is your favorite meal? Tacos of every variety

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? I travel a lot. If I’m not in a different country at least once a year something is horribly wrong.

What is one goal that you are currently working on? Trying to get accepted to grad school. I’m convinced it’s more work than the actual schooling.

Do you have a hidden talent? Not at all lol

Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. I cannot whistle for the life of me.

July Member Spotlight

Chris Brown

Chris shows us day in and day out what consistency looks like. Rain or shine Chris is at the gym 5+ days/week. Six months ago we hosted a healthy eating challenge and Chris went on to loose 30 pounds while simultaneously making strength gains. He has the willpower to push past the comfort zone in workouts which helps drive him toward his fitness goals. You might define him as the strong, silent type, but he has a big heart and cares about his friends and family deeply. We’re grateful to have Chris at our gym. What would we do without his signature longhorn sweat marks on the gym floor (see picture below)!

Member since: February 2016 

What do you do for a living? I am a police officer with the city of Fultondale. I’ve been in law enforcement for almost 3 years, having started in the City of Fairfield for 2 of the 3 years.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I was searching for something other than your typical gym and came across CrossFit. My first workout I can’t remember for certain, but I do know it was some kind of Chipper consisting of 5-6 movements at 30 reps of each movement. I remember there being a lot of squats and power cleans and push press.

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? I have been consistent with going 5 days and try to work in 6 days on my new work schedule. I am usually an early afternoon guy the first part of the week and a morning guy the last part of the week. However I have cherry picked some workouts depending on the coach due to the warm up (joking of course).

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Movement I have grown to love is the snatch due to it’s technical nature and being one of my weaker lifts. I can really see how I have been able to improve throughout the year. I don’t really have a favorite workout, however you throw in heavy weights with the workout and I will enjoy it. It helps put me be level with some of the others in the gym that are really good at metcon workouts.

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Movement is most definitely burpees. I hate them, but know they are a necessity so I will do them when needed. And workout, throw any metcon involving burpees and box jumps and I know I am in for a long session.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? Mudtown is hands down the best CrossFit box I have been a part of. All the coaches and all the members have created an amazing non-intimidating atmosphere to be able to enjoy going day in and day out. All the coaches have been amazingly accommodating and do a great job of taking time to listen and talk with me about my goals and how I can accomplish them. I keep coming back for the pain, lol. Honestly I have set lofty goals for myself over the next 2 years and I know only through dedication and hard work and steady attendance can I obtain those goals. And once again the coaches have been amazing helping me on my journey.

Favorite thing about Birmingham? I would say that I have an amazing support group of family and friends outside of the gym. They are all here local and to me that has been one of the greatest blessings in my life.

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? Outside: I would say my collegiate career. I was able to play football and throw the javelin for my college team (albeit at a smaller level). Despite my size and position I was able to be a sixth man of the bench for two years and start for two years in football at the college level. And one of the things I am most proud of would be winning a Conference Championship in javelin as a junior in college.

What is your favorite meal? Chicken Wings hands down. My dad is great at frying them up for me and my friends on occasion for big games and events that we try to get together for.

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? Shooting. Getting paid to go to the range is pretty nice. Golfing however I haven’t had the time I would like to hit the links. Watching sports, Go UK Wildcats! And playing basketball and softball.

What is one goal that you are currently working on? I have set a 2 year goal to be competitive for the 2018 games, and hope to at least compete for a spot in regionals, however I would settle for helping Mudtown send a team to regionals.

Do you have a hidden talent? I honestly can’t think of a hidden talent off the top of my head.

Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. I was born and raised in Kentucky hence the Wildcats obsession, and moved here when I was 10. Most people have trouble answering what position I played in football in college (Offensive Line). At 5-10 225 I don’t blame them, but my playing weight was between 265-270. I may have been small but I was the meanest one on the field, and I am extremely competitive so I would do everything in my power to make sure I would beat the person across from me. A lot of that has carried over to the gym (I know I will smirk and put 5 pounds more than what say… Clint may have done on a upper body lift earlier in the morning just because of my competitiveness).

June Member Spotlight

Jennifer Farley

We love us some Jenn! Her one year anniversary of starting CrossFit is coming up this July and what a year it’s been. The confidence in herself has soared (along with her deadlift weight) and her drive to do better just continues to increase. When she first started she said, “I want amazing arms.” Well, lots of gym hours, hard work and nutrition changes later and her arms are amazing, but more importantly – they are strong, SHE is strong!

Before and after picture – checkout those guns!

Member since: July 2016

What do you do for a living? I am a supervisor over an in-home program that works with children and families for a local non-profit.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I first heard about CrossFit through Josh. We watched the re-runs of the 2015 games and I thought it looked pretty neat (and intimidating). Then one day Josh announced that he was going to try out a new CrossFit gym. I decided to give it a shot since I wasn’t really doing much at the gym I was a member of already. My first workout was a fun combination of deadlifts and rowing.

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? Usually 4-5 days per week and I’m usually at the 6pm class.

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? My favorite movement is snatches and I like any workout that includes snatches or squat snatches. I like the movement because it’s challenging but also really fun.

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? I dread anything that requires me to run…and the warm up usually includes a run…so I dread the warm-up? Just kidding, I would say my least favorite movement would be the strict press, mostly because I’m so bad it.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? I’ve seen a lot of progress since I first started a year ago in my strength and endurance. Each time I come, I know that I am going to be challenged, and I’ve really grown to look forward to the WODs (even the ones that include running and strict presses) as CFM has taught me to “get comfortable with the uncomfortable.” Finally the community and coaches are top notch! Everyone is really kind and encouraging while also pushing you to be better than you were the day before. It’s a great place to try new things without the fear of being judged. I’ve made some pretty fantastic friends along the way, and as an extrovert, community is important to me!

Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? I have the habit of catching equipment with my face…wall balls, kettlebells, jump rope…you name it.

Favorite thing about Birmingham? I really like the summers here, there is a lot to do, great food, and we aren’t far from the beach!

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? TOES TO BAR! Outside of the gym I guess I would say I’m most proud of obtaining my MSW a few years back.

What is your favorite meal? A steak covered in blue cheese and mushrooms with a side of mashed potatoes, a glass (or 12) of red wine, and cheesecake…..not that I put a lot of thought into that or anything.

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? I’m a big fan of movies. I also like to hike and be outdoors, travel and play board games. I’m also interested in indoor bouldering…so whoever wants to go out one night, I’m game!

What is one goal that you are currently working on? The elusive pull-up.

Do you have a hidden talent? If I do, I haven’t found it yet…

Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you: I’ve flown a plane before, I didn’t land it, but maybe one day I’ll be able to fly one from take off to landing!

May Member Spotlight

Hank Adams

During our annual birthday celebration in April we host the Muddy Awards. A fun filled occasion where members get to vote for each other on various superlatives like “Chalk Monster” and “Best Dressed”. This year Hank won (by a landslide) the Spirit of the Gym award. It’s clear he’s a true leader in the gym. With a strong work ethic and contagious positive attitude, you can’t help but love this guy! Always willing to lend a helpful hand or provide much needed encouragement, Hank is there. He helps facilitate what our gym community is all about; integrity, trying your best and keeping a positive attitude. In the words of Hank, “I’ll see you on the other side.”

Member since: Memorial Day 2016

What do you do for a living? I buy power plants across the country – the majority of the plants that we purchase are powered by wind, solar or natural gas. Needless to say not the majority of wind and solar plants are in the Midwest – so I travel negotiating these purchase agreements.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I learned of CrossFit in May of 2011 from my sister who was just certified and then learned that the white painted line in front of my home was the 400 meter turn around for CrossFit Rowan in Salisbury NC. My 1st workout was Murph – it was an experience to say the least, I first started doing strict pull-ups, then a green band, then multiple green and black bands and then it became dangerous for me to be suspended in the air on those multiple bands, my last 60 or so pull-ups were on the rings.

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? Typically come 3-4 days a week when I’m in town. Almost always at 5pm.

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Favorite movement is overhead squats and favorite WOD is Nancy.

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? Least favorite movement is burpees and GHD sit-ups. Least favorite WOD is when Jackie puts those in the same WOD.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? CrossFit has been the one constant in our lives – over the last 10 years we’ve moved 9 times and each time we find a CrossFit that allows us to find likeminded people that we can call family. We love our Mudtown family. We also couldn’t do without the childcare that is made available. Our kids love it and we do too.

Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? See Murph story above.

Favorite thing about Birmingham? How can you not love the food in Birmingham. I also like the fact that I can leave my house 1 hr before the flight departs from BHM….can’t do that in many places.

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? Completed 2 GoRuck challenges. Married up and have 2 awesome kids.

What is your favorite meal? I love spaghetti.

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? I enjoy golf and hunting.

What is one goal that you are currently working on? I would like to do muscle-up that resembles a gymnastics movement – today those look pretty awful.

Do you have a hidden talent? I probably cook the best spaghetti and chili in Jefferson County.

Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. I’m the oldest of 8 kids, bought 9 homes in the last 10 years and Ashley and I eloped to Jamaica without inviting anyone.

Member Appreciation Week 2017

CrossFit Mudtown is turning 2! All the blood, sweat and tears (literally) that goes into making this a place to be proud of wouldn’t be possible without your dedication. It’s time to celebrate YOU, the members of CrossFit Mudtown with a special member appreciation week. Thanks for letting us be a part of your lives. Here’s to health and happiness!
All next week, April 17th – 22nd, we’re presenting members-only bonuses, fun programing and prize give-aways. Read on for all the details…
Week-Long Activities
  • Facebook Check-In Contest: Each time you’re at CrossFit Mudtown during member appreciation week be sure to check-in on Facebook. The person with the most check-ins will win a $50 Rogue gift card.
  • Log Your Workouts In Zen Planner: Tracking your workout results is really important! Start getting in the habit, if you’re not already, by using your Zen Planer member app. Three winners will receive a $25 Reebok gift card. If you need help learning how to log your workouts grab a coach and they’ll show you.
  • Workout to Win: Each workout you attend during member appreciation week your name will be entered to win various prizes! The more times you workout, the more chances you have to win. Prizes will be drawn at the 2nd Anniversary Party Saturday night (must be present to win). Unlimited classes for everyone!
  • Bring a friend ALL WEEK: Your family and friends are welcome to try out classes all week. Let’s show them how fun it is to be a member at CrossFit Mudtown! Send them this Free Trial link to get registered for a class.
Daily Activities
  • Monday, April 17th:
    • Free FITAID – grab one after class
  • Tuesday, April 18th:
    • Free RX Bars
  • Wednesday, April 19th:
    • 15% off apparel day – $10 sale on old inventory (will be marked)
  • Thursday, April 20th:
    • Free RX Bars
    • Free yoga class at 7pm
  • Friday, April 21st:
    • Snag some homemade paleo granola after your class – recipe included
  • Saturday, April 22nd (morning):
    • Childcare at the 10am class!
    • Preschool kids class (ages 3-5) 10:00am – 10:25am & Kids class (ages 5-12) 10:30am – 11:15am. Please click on the links to register your kiddos.
  • Saturday Night!
    • 2nd Anniversary Party & Muddy Awards – 6:30pm @ Rojo – RSVP on Facebook or respond to this email. Spouses welcome!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MUDDY! Submit your votes by Tuesday, April 18th

April Member Spotlight

Amanda Smith

Yesterday we had a little fun with Amanda for a hilarious April Fools joke. Check it out of if you missed it (so funny!). The mediocre member spotlight idea started months ago. Amanda wondered if she would ever get picked for member spotlight. “Can I be picked for mediocre member?” she asked. Of course it was all in good fun. Amanda’s cool like that, she’s comfortable poking fun of herself.

In reality, Amanda does love to crack jokes and is friendly to everyone she meets at the gym. The fan hogging and water dumping does happen, but she cleans up after herself! Amanda is coming up on two years as a Mudtown member and we’re so glad to have her as part of our community.

Member since: June 2015.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I started CrossFit in February 2011. My husband started a few months before me and was coming home everyday excited and motivated. It made me want to be apart of what he was doing. My first workout was 4 rounds of 800 meter row with 35 body squats following.
How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend? I try to make it 3 to 4 times a week, depending on my schedule. I am a wild card. Different times for different days. That way I am not limiting myself to making friends all throughout the gym.
Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? My favorite crossfit movements are body movements. Squats, sit ups, and burpees. These movements make some people miserable, but when you are short, the distance is not far and I can move pretty quickly through these. As for my favorite workout, it would have to be anything involving these movements, but not mixed with any of my least favorite movements. See question below.
Least favorite crossfit movement/workout? My least favorite movements consist of handstand pushups, GHD sit-ups, double-unders, snatches, and bar muscle ups. Oh, you asked for one movement and I just kept typing. Well, I can only excel from here! My least favorite workout is 75 snatches for time.
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Mudtown? I can not overemphasize how incredible the group of individuals that own or workout in this gym are. It is an amazing community that I am proud to be apart of.
Most embarrassing/funniest gym moment? Really? I can not keep up with the ridiculous thoughts that actually make it out of my mouth, but there have been multiple times I say something that I am positive will cause an uproar in laughter and we will all exchange glances and high fives because it was so epic. That is not the way it happened. Most people do not want to laugh in the middle of Helen.
Favorite thing about Birmingham? Food and Freedom (insert deep south voice)
What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? I am most proud of my endurance. Being a mother changes your perspective on life. Quitting is not an option. Being able to do CrossFit empowers me and ironically gives me more energy. It is my attitude that has changed that I am proud of. And all of this is a reflection of me outside of the gym as well. I am proud of my overall confidence in myself and my relationships because of crossfit.
What is your favorite meal? Sushi. Any time. Any day.
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? You know, my previous interests from the last interview are not all that different. We have become so close to the people here. When I take my daughter out to do stuff around the city, most likely it is alongside our crossfit friends and their children.
What is one goal that you are currently working on? My goal for this year is a pull up. If I set a goal, I am more inclined to pursue it. It will push me to change my diet and anything else that obscures my path to it.
Do you have a hidden talent? Writing. Is that a talent? Over the years my brother and I have written chapters to a book we eventually want to publish.
Tell us a fun/interesting fact not many people know about you. As much as I loathe running I signed up for my first 10k in November 2011 at Oak Mountain and finished 3rd in my age division. I also competed that year in what was known as an endurance camp. It was 10 crossfit workouts throughout the night, on the hour, every hour. We finished the last workout at 6am as the sun was coming up.

Mediocre Member Spotlight

Amanda Smith – 

We really need to get some new members, the options are getting slim for Member Spotlight.  Since we are in a little bit of a lull, we have selected Amanda Smith as our Mediocre Member of the Month. 

Why so mediocre?

Need someone to demo a movement?  Amanda’s conveniently in the bathroom.  Trying to keep the gym clean for the next class?  Amanda is dumping all the water in Alabama down her shirt.  Want to try and set up the fans for even air distribution? Don’t bother, Amanda has created a path of fans from the gym all the way back to her house.  Have a social event?  Make a place for Amanda to be sleeping by 9pm. 

If you do happen to see Amanda at the gym, she will be wearing all black and always have an object between you and her.  Its impossible to get within talking range.  She may be mute, we will never know.  We think she came from Trussville, mediocre.

I’m tired… here it is… Amanda’s interview.

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first workout? I first heard about CrossFit through my husband. He had been coming home for a week in weighted vests telling me about flipping tires and carrying sand bags through the snow. Literal snow. My initial response was, ” all of that sounds like the most fun I am uninterested in having.” My first workout was a lot of tabatta movements. We had a game at the end of the workout to see who could hold a plank position the longest. I, unfortunately, had to leave 15 seconds in because I had been re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix that week and I was 2 episodes away from the series finale.

How many days do you CrossFit? I usually sign up for all classes during the week, but slowly as the hours creep by, the unsettling anxiety kicks in. That is when my name casually disappears. It’s not uncommon then for the text messages from everyone to start coming in. For example, “I was really looking forward to seeing you,” “Why aren’t you coming?” or my favorite, “I saw that.”

What classes do you normally attend? I try to attend the 5pm, but there are not enough fans to share in that class. So I brought my own. You know, to overemphasize to my buddies gathering around it, that I, in fact, need this fan or I will die.

Favorite CrossFit movement/workout? My favorite crossfit movement is stretching. There is plenty of time to gossip with the locals when we are all manipulating our bodies in to the number 4. My favorite workout is when they set a time on the clock to start the workout and the clock says that time is over.

Least favorite CrossFit movement/workout? My least favorite movement would be running when it is the actual temperature of hell outside. Everyone tends to run like we are doing this for time or something. I have convinced myself that once everyone has run away, I will black out on the pavement and they will not find me. As for my least favorite workout, sometimes I think I can change the numbers of a set or amount of time given by continuously repeating it. For example, the workout could have 10 power cleans in it. “But does it really have 10? or does it say 4? It looks like there is 4 on the board. Are you sure? So 4 right?” The question was what is my least favorite workout? Following directions.

What are some of your interests outside of Crossfit? My interests include incorporating myself into all the lives of the gym members with little to no exercise involved. Just sitting in the air conditioning. Talking to each of them. The people from Crossfit Mudtown were all magically made to be my best friends. Some of them just don’t know it yet.

What accomplishment are you most proud of (outside and inside of the gym)? I feel most accomplished in the gym when the words “No” “Oh gah” or “I am running home” do not come out of my mouth. And in my day to day I am most proud of when the words “No” “Oh gah” or “I am running home” do not come out of my mouth. Those statements tend to filter outside of the gym. So I leave you all with this….”Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter…..where. Or who, or who you are with, or where you are going, or….where you have been…ever. For any reason, whatsoever.” -Michael Scott