Spotlight Athlete

Emily-Kate (E-K) McGeadyCongrats Emily on being our next Athlete in the Spotlight.

Name: Emily-Kate (E-K) McGeady

When did you start doing CrossFit? May 2016

What is your favorite WOD/Type of WOD? Chippers and anything with a barbell!!

What is your least favorite WOD/Type of WOD? burpees, burpees, and burpees.

Tell us a little bit about yourself/yourselves (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.): I’m a proud Gamecock (no matter how bad our football team currently is), I manage O’Loughlin’s restaurant, scuba dive, and own a horse named Tess!

What type of exercise or activities (if any) were you doing before CrossFit? Mostly a lot of intamural sports like soccer, basketball, and flag football. Also working with and riding horses which is surprisingly a tough workout.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? I had 3 slipped discs in my lower back in January 2016, so by the time I started at Baydog I was still in the recovery phase. My main goal was to achieve fitness where my back and core could gain the strength and mobility so I wouldn’t have difficulty walking, working, and pretty much any other activity. I also wanted to gain a community that I never could have by going to a “mainstream” gym where working out by myself was intimidating.

Have you achieved any of those goals? Absolutely!!! I’ve made it a year since my back injury and though still have the occasional aches and pains, I’ve surpassed what I thought I could be capable of, as well as gaining so many new friends that keep me motivated and inspired to create and reach new goals every day.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym (Community, Friends, etc)? Definitely! It’s not only been a place where I can make new friends, but also a resource for me to learn techniques, form ideas, and then share them to friends and family. It’s been really cool to each day share my workouts and help other people like people helped me!

Something you might not know about me/us is… I spent 3+ months in Ireland on a whim, backpacking throughout the country!! Highly recommended 🙂

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