~ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT ~
You notice her lifting on the platforms, you work out next to her during a class, you partner with her for a WOD and you see her volunteering her time and talents around the gym. She's been at UCCF since almost the beginning, first just lifting and now as a CrossFitter, lifter and even a competitor in CF. We appreciate that she's
committed, dedicated and focused ALL. THE. TIME.
* ASHLEY DUNKER *
When Lynette texted me saying I was chosen for Spotlight Athlete this month I was very excited. It is neat to know that other people notice your dedication; it definitely put a smile on my face. The only downfall was that I have to write about myself, which I am not the best at, but I will give it a shot….
Growing up I tried many sports, like soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball and cheer leading. I was pretty active for the most part. The one sport I focused on the most was soccer, and I ended up playing until I was about 17. Then I continued staying active by working out at Club Fitness doing cardio and lifting some weights.
When I started attending Lindenwood University, I heard there was a weightlifting team so I decided to check it out. Little did I know it was Olympic Lifting, and when I watched the team lift I was a little intimidated, to say the least. I didn’t even know what a snatch was but I was up for something different. I decided to give it a try and liked it a lot. After a year at Lindenwood I decided to change my major to nursing so I transferred to UMSL, which meant I needed to find another place to Olympic lift. That is when I contacted Lynette who I had met at Lindenwood. I started lifting at UnCharted CrossFit a little over two years ago, and after about six months I finally decided to give CrossFit a try, too (with the encouragement of many of the members and coaches!) It has been one of the best decisions I have made.
I love how I get to still lift, but other movements are included in the workouts as well. There is nothing more rewarding than getting stronger and hitting new PR’s! My workouts are also a time to clear my mind from everything else and it does just that. Best of all, UnCharted is like a second home; I love how everyone is so friendly and supportive. I get to work out with some of the best people who have the same love for fitness as I do! Keep up the good work everyone. On top of all that our coaches are awesome and they are always helping us in any way they can. I love being apart of the UnCharted CrossFit family! Cheers to new PR’s!