~ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

This month's Athlete came to UCCF prepared to learn all she could about CrossFit and has done so, coming regularly to the 09:15 classes, working really hard at everything she does, and ALWAYS smiling as she does it! We have seen great strides in her accomplishments and want you to meet firsthand, 

**Suzi Plymale**
 

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Growing up I had parents who would be the type who bought a treadmill but would use it for like one week and then it would collect dust in the basement. I was never taught the importance of eating healthy or working out.  My idea of fruit and veggies was from a can (oh my!)  When I was in college, I had a close friend who was a softball player who took me to the gym for the first time.  I really started loving it, especially when I was dropping weight and noticing a change.  Once I had our twin daughters, that all changed. The gym was put on hold.  The first year they were born was my survival year and there was no way I could find the energy or time to work out.  After that first year I wanted to start working out again, but I just felt with the twins it was too difficult for me to get out and I just wasn't comfortable yet putting them in a gym nursery with people I didn't know watching them.  So, I would buy those wonderful workout videos from the infomercials (I am such a sucker when it comes to infomercials.)  Yeah, they got me moving, but it wasn't really showing results.  I remember really wanting to be able to go to the gym, but feeling trapped like I just couldn't figure out how to do it with kids.  As my kids were growing older, this was not the example I was wanting them to see.  I didn't want them to have the same experience as I did thinking that working out and eating healthy wasn't important. 

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Once the twins were seven, I had a friend ask if I was interested in coming to her work out place all the way in Wentzville (we live in St. Charles.)  It was a tiny place, but my kids were old enough to sit on the side and hang out while I worked out.  I absolutely loved this idea: that finally after seven years I could work out again.  But the drive to Wentzville was way too far, and so I decided it was time to go out on my own and find a place that was close to home.  That's when I found this special find - UnCharted!

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When I walked in the first time I was so nervous, but Lynette did a one-on-one class with me and was so amazing.  She took my fears away quickly.  This was a big step for me to do this without anyone, as in the past I always had a friend I could go  work out with.  Also, I was so happy that they (UnCharted) were cool with my twins sitting on the side and doing homework while I could work out.  I love that they can watch me and see that this is important.  They are always disgusted with how sweaty I am after a workout, and I love it!  I'm not the fastest and can't lift that much, but at UnCharted that's ok.  I love that everyone is so encouraging even when I'm the last at finishing a workout.  Sometimes it's just so difficult for me to learn how to do the correct form on a movement, but I love that the trainers are so patient with me and help to correct it in a nice way so I don't hurt myself.

 I remember hearing in the past a neighbor talk about CrossFit, and I always thought I couldn't do that.  But now that I do it, I know that anyone can do it!  It pushes me to do things that I never thought I would be able to do.  I love that everyday is something new.  It's so nice for me to have that one hour in the day for me to check out of everything else and focus on me.  I always leave feeling like "I can't believe I did that" and can't wait to tell my husband, "You'll never believe what I did today!"  I always feel like I can breathe a little better and I get the best sleep on the days I do CrossFit.  This fall will be my one year anniversary at UnCharted.  What a life changer this has been to find UnCharted.  It has motivated me to be healthy and now my kids are into working out and eating right, too.  Thank you UnCharted! 

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