September 2021 Athlete Of The Month

Name: Alex McCaffrey

Age: 24

Occupation: Behavior Therapist 

How long have you been a member at BBS&C? I’ve been a member here for one year. 

Were you athletic or involved in sports when growing up? Growing up I was an avid roller blader and played street hockey. In high school I played soccer and ran cross country/track for all four years. In college I played club soccer and every intramural sport (women’s and co-rec) for all four years. 

Were you working out regularly prior to joining BBS&C? If so, what were you doing? Yes, I started at a conventional gym after college which didn’t last very long as I got bored and didn’t really know what to do. I ended up joining a CrossFit gym in February of 2020 and never looked back! Then I moved to Maryland in July of 2020 and joined probably the best community I’ve ever known.

Why do you workout? Aside from maintaining my health I think it’s super cool to pick heavy things up and put them down but even more so as a woman! I like challenging myself and I want to see how well I can perform as an athlete. Since leaving competitive sports I’ve always missed that “competition” feeling, camaraderie, and the pure love for my sport/level of respect for my coaches; CrossFit has brought that back.

What is your favorite lift or movement and why? My favorite lift hands down would be any type of clean, sometimes a jerk. I think they’re super fun. I also really enjoy the fun movements on Saturdays, like sled drags and tire flips!

What is your favorite workout or type of workout and why? I love anything with running, biking, rowing, and anything with a heavy barbell! The challenge of the heavy barbell combined with a time cap or an amrap is thrilling.

What have you accomplished as an athlete (big or small) during your time at BBS&C? The ability to check my ego and reflect on how far I’ve come as an athlete is probably the biggest, and hardest, thing I’ve learned at BBS&C; it’s easy to be hard on yourself if something doesn’t go your way. I definitely could not have learned that without help from the coaches. 

What fitness goals do you have for the next year? This next year I want to work on my gymnastics. Being able to walk on my hands sounds pretty neat. 

How has your fitness influenced and/or impacted your life outside of the gym?  My dedication to fitness has 100% helped keep me organized schedule wise. I was never the organized type (I’m still not) but planning my weeks around the gym and work have helped me establish a (semi) routine and it provides a nice balance between work and play.