February 2018 Athlete Of The Month
Name: Meg Oakey
Occupation: Special Education Teacher
Years CrossFitting: 2.5 years
Favorite Lift and Why? Currently, my favorite lift is the snatch. When I first started CrossFit, the snatch was a movement that frustrated me because of how technical it is. However, with practice and A LOT of help from the great coaches at CrossFit Baltimore, the snatch has become a lift that fills me with confidence because I know how far I have come. It also still challenges me as I am still learning different things to improve upon and fine tune.
Favorite WOD and Why? I love any kind of hero WOD. I think one of the best things about CrossFit is that is highlights those individuals that contribute to our world in a way that allows us to live the lives we love every day. Though the workouts are extremely challenging, both mentally and physically, I love the motivation and humbling feeling they bring to me as an athlete.
Goals for the Next Year? In the upcoming year, I hope to improve and hone many of the skills I have developed in the past 2 and a half years (handstand push-ups, T2B, increasing the weight of my lifts, etc.). I would like to also continue to work towards things like kipping ring dips, muscle-ups, etc. Most importantly, I want to work on the mental aspect of my CrossFit training. I want to become an athlete who is strong, both mentally and physically.
How has CrossFit Impacted your Life? I stumbled upon CrossFit on Groupon, after my second session I told my friend that I could not wait for the one month trial to be over. Two and a half years later, I cannot imagine my life without it. On most days, CrossFit is where I turn to relieve the stress from work or life. CrossFit has given me the confidence that I always seemed to be lacking. Most importantly, CrossFit has shown me what incredible people there are in this world, especially here at Crossfit Baltimore. Even on my hardest days, I know that at the end of the day (literally after I leave work) I will be surrounded by incredible athletes and coaches, who are even better people.