November Athlete Spotlight Of The Month – Hannah Maynor
1: Where are you from originally?
I was born in Albemarle, NC, which is a small town around 45 minutes from Charlotte.
2. What is your favorite WOD/Movement?
Interval workouts are my favorite. As far as movements go, I like slam balls, cleans, box jumps and burpees (yes, I said that!).
3. What were you doing before CrossFit? How did you hear about CrossFit and/CrossFit Axon?
As an adult, my primary form of exercise before CrossFit was running.
My husband Chad started at CrossFit Axon in 2014. It took him almost 3 years to convince me to try it!
4. What other sports or activities do you participate in as a family besides CrossFit?
Our boys love most all sports, especially football and baseball. We throw football or baseball and kick soccer pretty regularly, and every once in a while I’ll run while the boys bike or ride scooters. I also really like yoga.
5. How many times per week do you CrossFit?
Usually 4-5 times per week. If I can’t get into the gym one day, I’ll try to do a workout (sometimes modified) at our neighborhood fitness center.
6. What is your athletic background?
I played tennis and did gymnastics when I was little and did both sports through high school. I think I was in college before I started running, and the love-hate relationship began.
7. Give us some insight as to your thoughts after your first workout at CrossFit Axon.
Oh goodness. My first workout was part of the nutrition challenge back in 2015, and I almost threw up in the bushes outside the gym. I remember being exhausted and sore…
8. What brought your back after your first workout?
The short answer is that my husband bought me a pair of CrossFit shoes…
I didn’t start regularly doing CrossFit after that first experience. I continued running and my husband and friends kept telling me I should try CrossFit!
Finally early in 2017, near my 40th birthday, Carey Ann offered to do foundations with me in their garage, so I could learn at my own pace. I figured I would give it a try! After the first week, I still wasn’t sure, but my husband bought me a pair of CrossFit shoes for Valentine’s Day so I figured I had to stick with it for a little while.
Once I’d been doing it for a month or so, I was hooked.
9. Do you have any special or favorite CrossFit Axon memories/moments?
I have a lot of them! Our 6 am class last fall and spring had a really good time together. We always encouraged each other and kept each other coming back for the early class, even when it was freezing cold or a tough WOD.
I distinctly remember getting my first toes-to-bar in 2018 open, though. I did not think I could do the movement yet, but when I came for class Curtis encouraged me to try it. One of our best athletes at CrossFit Axon recorded my score and cheered me on as I did the workout Rx and completed 25 total toes-to-bar!
I didn’t make it high on anyone’s leaderboard, but for me the accomplishment was huge. Equally important to me was the fact that another athlete, much further in her journey, stayed alongside me through an intimidating experience.
10. What would you like to tell someone who wants to start CrossFit Axon but may be unsure about getting started?
Just take one step at a time, and the first one is to just start! It won’t be easy, but that is what makes it worthwhile. Don’t try to tackle everything at once.
Also, be patient with yourself and understand that progress takes time. Although I had a gymnastics background, the weightlifting forms were completely new to me, and I have found (and still sometimes do find) that I don’t quite have a movement down yet. In those difficult moments, I try to remind myself that if I keep working at something, I’ll eventually get it!
11. What is your eating style?
I feel best when I’m following Paleo (which before CrossFit I never thought I could do!) – that’s mainly vegetables, nuts, fruits and meat, and no grains or dairy. I am not exclusively Paleo but this year I’ve tried to stick with it most of the time.
12. What kind of results have you seen since starting at CrossFit Axon?
Being a runner before, I had quite a bit of leg strength when I started CrossFit, but I’ve seen particular growth in my upper body toning and strength. For example, I can do “real” push-ups now, which I couldn’t really at first, and I can see a lot of progress towards pull-ups and chin-ups. (I keep telling myself that this will happen one day!) I also have more energy than I used to. Everyday tasks and especially travel are much easier than before starting CrossFit.
Aside from the physical changes, the mental and emotional benefits I’ve gained from CrossFit have been huge for me. I’ve always struggled with body image, and the focus on being strong and healthy rather than being skinny has been a very positive change for me.
When I’ve been able to achieve movements or weights in a workout that I didn’t think I was capable of, that has also given me more confidence in other areas of my life.
13. What do you do for a living?
I work in project management for Covance, LabCorp’s clinical trials division. I communicate with pharmaceutical companies to make sure our company properly tests and handles samples for their studies on new medicines.
14. What drives you to be an active family?
I can feel the difference that exercises and being strong makes for me, and I want my kids to feel that too. I want to make the most of the life I’ve been given and encourage them to do the same. I think being an example of staying active and taking care of yourself can be a powerful message to them. I like that we can do certain activities as a family and encourage each other.