June Athlete of the Month: Enid Landry
We love Enid. She is one of our favorite people to sit around the table with Post-WOD and shoot the breeze. (I can hear her robust and infectious laugh as I type this!) She has been on the coaches nomination list for “Athlete of the Month” for several months in a row. This woman comes into the gym and gives it 110% each and every day. She works hard and she brings it. Every. Single. Time. Her back squat is flawless and her pistols are amazing. She is the perfect mix of “tough as nails” and “heart of gold.” It is not unusual to see Enid get upset with her double unders (letting a couple of “F” words fly), but spend hours after her WOD holding babies so her friends can work out. She is the first person to tell you when something is wrong and she is the first person to donate to any fundraiser we put together. Her heart is HUGE.
Enid has become a very valuable member of our family and we were saddened to hear that she will be moving all the way across country to join the Atlanta Housewives. (Just kidding about the Housewives part, but if Andy Cohen were smart – he would sign Enid up immediately.) The box that Enid joins is going to be lucky to get her. Bet you $50 we see this lady tearing up the Master’s Division of the CrossFit games in the next couple of years.
Congratulations, Enid! Now, go practice your double unders!
When did you start CrossFit:
I started CrossFit on January 21, 2013. Before CrossFit I attended a boot camp and ran several full and half marathons.
Why did you start CrossFit:
I was feeling emotionally and spiritually drained at my previous workout facility so I decided to try something different. I knew if I returned to a gym I would never push myself hard enough to truly make changes I needed in order to get stronger. I ran into a neighbor in the grocery store who started CrossFit last summer and when I saw the transformation in her body I knew Crossfit was exactly what I needed/wanted.
What kept you coming back/motivated:
The commitment I saw within in the community to improve their overall health motivated and encouraged me. Everyone, no matter the fitness level, came in with positive attitudes and a passionate dedication to push themselves I wanted to be stronger, fitter, and I wanted to be challenged. I LOVE the variety of workouts, pushing myself through the pain and completing the workouts. The friendly competition and camaraderie within the community and the coaches encouraging me to loosen up and step outside of my box, embracing failure (double unders and kipping muscle ups) and just PRACTICE
What is the best thing you have gotten out of doing CrossFit?
I have finally pushed my psychological limitations to no longer focus primarily on appearance and placed it on my performance. In a letter my son Trevor wrote to me for Mother’s Day, he stated, “I’m most proud of your recent turn to Crossfit. The way that you have really refocused your identity into a true athlete is nothing short of amazing. A few months ago, all you were concerned with was your size. Now that you understand that being an athlete is about performing well in your events, you have truly become an ATHLETE.”
What is the one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do?
Really, I can only name just one thing? I’ll keep it simple, all of the lifts. I’m truly amazed every time I snatch, clean and jerk, back squat or dead lift any weight.
What is one goal you have reached? And one goal you still hope to reach?
The one goal I had was to move up to CrossFit and lift weights. I’m very excited after one month in CrossFit I can dead lift 255 pounds, squat 188 pounds and do strict pull-ups. Two goals I still hope to reach are kipping pull-ups and DOUBLE UNDERS.
How has your diet changed since starting CrossFit?
Since starting CrossFit, I have finally eliminated brown rice, beans, pasta, oatmeal, peanut butter, and hot tamales from my diet. I am drinking at least 120 ounces of water each day and eating more organic red meat, vegetables, and fruit.
What do you tell your friends about CrossFit?
I tell my friends to try CrossFit expecting to challenge their body beyond exhaustion. Don’t be afraid of your weaknesses, face them head on and you will get results you never thought possible.
Additional comments/anything you’d like to add?
I feel truly blessed to have found CrossFit Incendia in January. Lisa and Brian Vayda are truly encouraging, knowledgeable, passionate people of Integrity. Thank you for accepting and overlooking my initial WALL and encouraging me along the way. Although my time in Arizona is limited, I am leaving with confidence and a strong desire to continue to CrossFit.