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November 2020 Member of the Month: Anna Neuman

Congratulations Anna, our November 2020 Member of the Month! Read the raves from our coaching staff about her below:

I’ve loved coaching Anna these past few months. She came back from the shutdown period ready to go and has steadily progressed in her lifting especially, and also in her ability to push herself to new levels of intensity.

She shows up consistently, takes feedback well, and brings a fun and positive presence to class. We’ve also had a few new folks join because of her! Congratulations Anna!

Anna is such a joy to have in class. She's consistent, shows up ready to work, and does a really good job knowing where her body is and pushing it at a level that will help her get stronger. She also has such a positive attitude. I leave feeling better after I've coached her. She's made tremendous progress! From never having heard of or seen a snatch before and being deathly afraid of getting under the bar, to hitting the bottom of that overhead squat without issue.

Let's learn more about this wonderful human!

Do you have any nicknames?

No, but when we visit Renat's (my husband) family in Russian-speaking Belarus he calls me Anya so I can blend in, which I think is cute.

Where are you from?

Sharon, MA, and Pittsburgh, PA

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I think I started August of 2019, so 1 year 3 months

What brought you to CWCF?

I had no idea what Crossfit was before I showed up for an intro talk. I wanted harder workouts than what they offered at Healthworks, and I wanted to be able to work out with Renat. It also helps that the gym is close enough to my house that I can basically roll out of bed and land there, less room for excuses not to come!

What classes do you usually attend? I'm a 5:30am regular- occasionally noon

What are you doing to keep up with your fitness and community during the pandemic? Outside of the gym- I love to hike in the Fells- it's easy to keep distance on a hike and still go with friends.

What do you love about CWCF?

The community at CWCF is the best! And I love to see how much more I can do than when I started. I feel like the coaches really know me and what I'm capable of and how to push me. I also feel like coaches and members all notice when someone reaches a new goal at the gym or in their life and really celebrates each other. It's great to be at a place where people lift each other up.

What do you do outside of CrossFit? (work? school? etc?) I'm a massage therapist, but I've been taking a break since COVID. I'm also a mom of 2 girls that keeps me pretty busy.

What is something about you we might not know?

I'm a big DIY'er. I love a reason to get out some power tools! I am excellent at reading IKEA manuals, but I can also make shelves myself and I even made a door in the skirting under my back porch to store stuff under there.

Who is your superhero? Of course my Mom! She has endless patience and love to give- I try to be like her.

What is your favorite CrossFit movement?

I love handstands! We haven't done them for a long time- Larry where have they gone? I was a gymnast as a kid, so that was the one skill I had coming into Crossfit that made me feel proud of my performance.

What is your greatest achievement in the gym so far?

I went through a back injury a long time ago that crept back up when I started at CWCF. It got to the point where I couldn't even deadlift the bar. I worked really hard to heal and get stronger and now I can deadlift more than my body weight and I feel great. Working out without pain, and figuring out how to stay pain free is a big achievement for me.

What is one short-term goal, one long-term goal, and what have you been doing to work on them?

Short term- I really want to be better at cheering people on at the gym. I am not a natural cheer-leader, but when people cheer me on it gives me the energy to keep going. I'm trying to get at least one shout out to someone during each workout.

Long term- I want to stay fit my whole life so I just keep coming to the gym every day.

What motivates or inspires you?

The idea that if you keep doing something small that's positive every day it will add up to something big over time. I just watched the Crossfit Games women athletes compete for the first time this fall. They are so strong and inspiring. When I watch them I want to go to the gym right away!

What is your best tip for new members?

Listen to Brian about scaling for your first few months. You might end up doing exercises that look different than the other members at first, but the only thing that is important is to keep showing up. Life is long and you get stronger one day at a time, just take it slow and you'll do fine.

Do you have anything to add?

I am really so glad that I have CWCF in my life. I am really thankful to Brian for keeping the gym open and all the coaches for continuing to train us through COVID. There were days where my next workout was the only thing I was looking forward to and it meant a lot to me. Love you guys!

We love you too Anna! You're a very special part of our gym and we're excited for all your coming achievements.

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