Congratulations to our selection for Athlete of the Month in February, Emily Schreiber. Emily started over a year ago and was a one to two time a week attendee. Recently, she increased her attendance to 4-5 times a week and signed up for a few competitions. With the increased attendance, she has seen some awesome results! She is visibly stronger, but more importantly, has come out of her shell and become a regular fixture at our #CFSPcompete class, other class times and as always, team early af at 5am. It’s been cool to watch her personality come out and see that there is a competitive side to her!
Coach Ben says “Always hard working and always willing to try a heavier weight or something more challenging, if we put her to the test. Good attitude and has been seeing some huge improvements the last couple of months!”
Coach Alex says “Emily’s transformation at CFSP has been really fun to watch. From walking her through her first intro sessions to watching her compete in Eau Claire recently. She has come a LONG way. She has a great balance of strength now and has found a healthy competitive side I don’t think she was able to tap into before CrossFit. I think it certainly helps that her sister and brother in-law are heavily involved in the sport and compete at a pretty high level. I don’t think it is out of the question for Emily to be at that level sooner than you think!”
Coach Staci says “My favorite part of Emily’s journey is seeing her connect with the other athletes. It’s also been cool to watch her attempt heavier weights or gymnastics movements that she wasn’t able to do before and she’s finding she can do them with ease now. Amazing.” Coach Sam adds “She is a very motivating and positive person.”
Read a little more about our quiet ninja Emily in her AOTM Questionnaire!
Athlete of the Month Questionnaire
Name: Emily Schreiber
Age/Birthdate: 28. January 5, 1990
Where were you born/did you grow up? Wisconsin Rapids
Education (high school; college or other post-high school; advanced degrees): Lincoln High School. I’ll have my Associates Degree in Business Management in May from MSTC.
Career: Advertising Sales – Online Campaign Coordinator at F+W Media.
Family (married, children, pets, etc.): Not married. No kids. I have a dog named Ollie. He’s the best :)
Where do you live in the area? Plover. Just 2 miles from the box.
What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? I ran… a lot.
Other sports you love and participate in outside of CrossFit: I still run a bit here and there. I grew up doing gymnastics (not very well) and dance all the way through high school so I will always have a love for both of those. I’m in a Volleyball bar league most of the year. I go for lots of long hikes/walks with the doggy.
Tell us a little about your early CrossFit experiences? What made you try CrossFit? When did you start? What were your first thoughts during your first workout (or fundamentals)? Did you start at CFSP or another box?
My sister and her husband got me into it after they became completely obsessed. I started in August 2016 at CFSP. I was terrified and super self-conscious. I remember thinking “how and why do people do this?” I still often ask myself that same question. I made a promise that I would try it for one month. Still going strong!
What keeps you coming back to CrossFit and CFSP?
The people. The coaches. The way I feel after every wod. The supportive community. I can’t thank the coaches enough for their support and encouragement and all that they do. CFSP changed my life for the better in so many ways, and I know I’m not the only one that can say that!
What has been the biggest surprise or most unexpected benefit of CrossFit for you?
That I am actually capable of having muscles (multiple)…
I always hated social gatherings and going places where I didn’t know anyone, especially by myself. Showing up to CrossFit was not easy for about the first year. I guess I didn’t realize how bad my anxiety used to be, but looking back I see a huge difference in myself mentally. I also eat much healthier, I’m more motivated in everything I do, I procrastinate less… I could go on.
Your proudest CrossFit moment?
Gameday Eau Claire. I had sooooo much fun at this competition! I was so proud of my team (Grace and Elizabeth) and myself for giving it all we had. I PR’d my clean and did everything faster than I had practiced in the months before. I can’t wait for the next competition!
What has been your biggest CrossFit challenge to overcome?
Honestly, to keep coming. I’ve never had much motivation with anything. CrossFit has been a way for me to prove to myself that I can stick with something. At this point, I can’t imagine anything I’d rather do with my free time. I hate waking up at 430 AM to get my workout in, but most days that’s the only time I have and it ends up being the best part of most days.
Most humbling CrossFit moment?
Every day I walk into the box. I hate almost every wod until I’m finished with it, then I usually love it and think it was the best one ever. Also, the Gameday Comp. I was extremely happy with how I did. I hit most of the goals I had set for myself beforehand, but it was definitely a wake-up call with how far I have to go if I want to continue competing. I suppose it’s never ending…
Favorite movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
Anything gymnasty. I love chippers.
Most challenging movement and WOD (or type of WOD):
Snatches.. ugh. I just can’t get them (I also don’t practice them enough). The bike… ick. If we ever have a wod with snatches, bike and burpees I will be seriously thinking about going home and crawling back in bed.
Your favorite WOD time?
#teamearlyAF… duh. But I actually love every wod time and all the awesome people in all of them!
What do you say to your family and friends when they express an interest in or perhaps criticize CrossFit?
The most common response I get is, “I need to get in better shape before I do that.” Drives me nuts. I tell them how I could barely lift a barbell above my head when I started, and how the night before my first fundamentals my boyfriend asked me to flex my arm. When I did, he squeezed my bicep and it flattened completely… he still laughs at me for it. I tell them about “Free Workout Friday.” I’ve gotten a couple people to try it, but it’s not easy!
What one thing about you would be the biggest surprise to your fellow CFSP athletes?
I’m a pretty quiet person most of the time (that’s probably not surprising). I love being alone and doing my own thing. I hate having too many things planned. You could say I’m a bit of an introvert.
Favorite foods? Tacos of course, but they must be homemade. Pasta, pizza, burgers, ice cream… coffee and wine (do those count?)
Favorite movies/TV shows (or types of movies and TV shows): Game of Thrones – I just started rewatching all the episodes. Favorite movie… I have no idea. The only one I can think of that I could watch over and over again is Moulin Rouge.
Non-sports and fitness hobbies (i.e. reading, drinking wine, cooking, travel, playing video games):
Drinking wine… I’m good at that. I do love to cook most nights, but also like going out to eat and trying new foods. This is fitnessy, but I love hiking. Winter or summer, doesn’t matter, just a girl and her dog.
How would you describe your personality/CrossFit personality?
Anti-social/mute until I get to know you. Negative/pessimistic until I finish the wod, after that I’m positive and optimistic about all things in life, but I’m working on that negative part and it’s slowly changing!