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April Member of the Month Interview: Nic Cawby



1. What do you do outside of the Gym?


I am an Executive Director for Pinnacle Treatment Centers. I operate an Opioid Treatment facility in Martinsville, VA. Outside of the gym, my hobbies include playing the ukulele, Folk and Southern Rock Style guitar, reading research on various subjects and, Tarantula & Uromastyx husbandry. I also enjoy spending time with my family, especially cooking together.


2. How long have you been training with us?


I started the gym at the end of January 2022.


3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment since joining?


Knowing that I can do this (CrossFit) and that it is for my greater overall health and well-being. In the past I have attempted several workout routines and programs, though nothing had stuck. I would start and stop, always stating that “It” just did not work or that I just did not have the time. Both were excuses and self-sabotage, an attempt to cling to old habits out of comfort and demonstrated a lack of true motivation to change. Since joining Old 97 CrossFit, I have gained the motivation to come week after week and make positive lifestyle changes for my betterment. I have also noticed the changes physically and mentally that come with sticking to a consistent program. I can honestly say that I could not imagine my life without CrossFit moving forward.


4. What’s your favorite thing about being a member here?


My favorite part of the gym is the community. There have been several workouts that I would not have completed if it were not for the other class participants and the coaches. Right when you feel like you have hit a wall and cannot push any further someone comes along and gives you that needed encouragement to push past your preconceived limits and hit higher targets than you thought possible.


5. What would you say someone who is considering training with us?


Just do it. Prior to me starting CrossFit I held the notion that CrossFit could only be done by those in peak physical condition. This is not even close to reality. I think anyone can do CrossFit if they have a desire to engage in the program. The benefits I have experienced in 3 months have fostered the motivation and desire to incorporate this routine into my daily life.

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