January 2021 Athlete Of The Month

Name: Beatrix Balog

Age: 51

Occupation: Stylist and salon owner.

How long have you been a member at BBS&C? Since fall of 2019.

Were you athletic or involved in sports when growing up? Well we
could never afford any sports financially, so I have been running 5 -6 days a
week since I was 16.

Were you working out regularly prior to joining BBS&C? If so, what
were you doing?
 Jogging almost every day, and going to the gym 3
times a week. I thought I was fit…lol, till I started crossfit!

Why do you workout? I don’t know how to live without working out or jogging. Last year after my injury (fell while I was jogging), I had one of the hardest times mentally and physically because I couldn’t run for like 3 months, and I was restricted with a lot of movements in the gym. I’m forever thankful for all the coaches for helping me get through that time. I can’t function without exercise.

What is your favorite lift or movement and why? Split and push jerk,
because it makes me feel like it is a freedom explosion with every
single muscle in harmony lifting the weight high.

What is your favorite workout or type of workout and why? Sorry, but
still cardio… when I struggle to breath but I still push through it. Just
like the past Tuesday (with the 50 wallball, 50 shoulder to overhead,
50 burpees). It was really hard for me. I had to fight back my tears, but
at the end I was happy!

What have you accomplished as an athlete (big or small) during your
time at BBS&C?
Omg! I could say so much, but the biggest is “I’M NOT DONE YET!” Before I started crossfit, I tried rope climbing in the gym as I saw a rope hanging there one day (I was one of the best climbers in school.). I could not even hold my weight, and I was around 40 years old. I thought… “Well, I’m just done. I’m getting older. I better just go with the flow.” Crossfit and you guys, all the amazing coaches, taught me that if I don’t want to be done, I don’t have to be. I can rope climb even though I’m 51 years old, and I can lift more weight than I ever lifted! I don’t have to wait for Richi to flip my mattress…lol I can do it alone! My hands were so weak from working with hair for 20 years, doing the same repetitive movement. I couldn’t lift or hold almost anything. I can hang and do knee raises! I can lift 150lb deadlift! I got back my hands and my back is getting stronger!

What fitness goals do you have for the next year? Overhead squat is one of my biggest challenges. I’m learning to embrace my challenges
without frustration and step by step overcome them.

How has your fitness influenced and/or impacted your life outside of
the gym? 
 I know so many people because of my job. They love to
listen to my gym and trail-running stories! My example gives them
strength and hope to take on their own challenges and not give up on

I’m stronger than ever mentally and physically, even though I’m over 50!

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing gym