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August Member of the Month Interview: Whitney Barrow

1. What do you do outside of the gym? Career, hobbies, etc.!

I love spending time with my family and friends. We have 2 young daughters that keep us busy! I’ve been with my company, TEKsystems, for 11 years as an IT Recruiter. I love finding people their dream jobs.

2. How long have you been training with us?

7 months

3. What's been your biggest accomplishment since you began training with us?

There have been so many accomplishments in the past 7 months. My top few would be finally getting a strict pull-up, getting a few double-unders and improving my running. I used to run frequently but that was 10 years ago. CrossFit has helped me become a better runner and enjoy it (sometimes). Lastly, being on the committed club. It doesn’t sound like a lot over a month period but when you have a full-time job and 2 young kids, it is!

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

When I joined the gym, I had 2 simple goals, to get out of the house and get in shape. I love working from home but at times its tough getting out of the house, especially with young kids. But I’ve achieved much more in simply 7 months. The people at Old 97 are awesome. They push you out of your comfort zone to better yourself. It’s awesome to see people of all walks of life working as hard as they can for the same common goal. Ever since walking into the doors I felt welcomed. It’s fun working out with friends you’ve known for awhile and people you just met that day!

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

Just try it! The coaches are great at scaling the workout according to your individual skill level, whether you are new to working out or have injuries, they will accommodate. I love the accountability of the gym. I show up for myself on a weekly basis but knowing that people there are doing it with me is a great feeling. I remember being nervous before I started and after the first workout, I felt 100% better.

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