July 2016 | Michelle Palmer – 47 years old


What is your sports/fitness background?
I’ve always been active.  Growing up I rode horses, played softball and basketball. In college, I got into some weight training and different cardio classes.  I really like variety and challenging myself so I’ve done spin classes, Pilates, barre, and running–some half marathons, 10ks and 5ks. My husband and I have always been active and wanted to be a good example for our children on how working out and eating healthy (most of the time) can be incorporated into your life.
What are your fitness goals?
I actually just looked back on some Crossfit goals I wrote down for myself back in December as a new member for 3 months and 6 months. Some I have hit and surpassed, like moving on from the training bar to adding heavy weights. Others I still have a ways to go, like T2B and Un-Assisted Pull-Ups. My goal is to now continue to get stronger, leaner and one day be able to do an RX workout.
What do you see as your greatest improvement?
My form for cleans, jerks, squats – “high elbows & knees”.  Still working on that but I can see I’m much better based on the amount of weight I can do.  Recently I had a Back Squat PR of 150 lb. for a 2 rep max was awesome!
What is your favorite and least favorite workout?
Well, everyone knows how much I really LOVE burpees – NOT!  I’m learning to accept them as a regular occurrence but I will never love them (sorry, Bronson!).  So, least favorite are sled pushes and burpees. My favorite workout is when we incorporate leg strength training and then do an AMRAP that includes running because I still enjoy running a couple of days a week with my dog.
How has your experience at CrossFit PCR affected your life?
What everyone says about CrossFit is so true–it’s the community of folks that work out together and the supportive coaches.  We push each other, cheer for each other and bond over things like hating burpees and loving bacon. I am so happy after I get my workout in with the 5:30am or 6:30am crew.  It sets me up to handle the stresses that come my way that day. Each class is different and challenging. I have never left there feeling like I didn’t get a tough workout.
What’s your favorite PCR memory so far?
Wow, this is hard. I would have to say participating in the Open for the first time with everyone.  So many of us were nervous because we had no idea what to expect (and yes, I may have watched too many prep videos).  The commitment we all had to doing our best and having my daughter home for the first and last Open workouts really made it extra special.
In 1 word, summarize your PCR experience.

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