February’s Athlete of the Month
“The gym really makes the difference for CrossFit. I have been in a dozen or more CrossFit gyms, and a member of multiple over the years. While any gym can put a WOD on a whiteboard and make you question your life choices, the people
in the gym and the community is what makes me love CrossFit.”
We sat down with Morgan to learn more about her CrossFit journey, as well as life outside of the gym.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
I’m originally from Georgia and moved to Knoxville in 2019 for a training program in large animal internal medicine and a PhD. I have 2 dogs and a cat here in Tennessee, and a pet steer named Albus back home. I love anything outdoors including my job as a cow doctor!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CrossFit First Creek?
This summer will be 2 years!
WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT? WHAT HAS KEPT YOU DOING IT? HAS YOUR MOTIVATION CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
I started CrossFit in 2010 at a YMCA when I wanted to start working out. At that time, I had no idea that CrossFit was a ‘thing’. I thought I was just joining a gym class that was fun and kinda insane. When I graduated high school and moved away to UGA (Go Dawgs), I immediately joined the only CrossFit gym in Athens and immediately found a new home. I started coaching in 2011 and joined a competitive Olympic Weightlifting team then transitioned into a Women’s Physique competitor. I came back to CrossFit in 2021 after missing the sense of home and community once in Knoxville. I still feel the same motivation to see how far I can push myself and improve over time, but finding a gym family and home here in Knoxville has kept me at CFFC.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?
The gym really makes the difference for CrossFit. I have been in a dozen or more CrossFit gyms, and a member of multiple ones over the years. While any gym can put a WOD on a whiteboard and make you question your life choices, the people in a gym and the community is what makes me love CrossFit.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?
A Clean & Jerk PR in 2023 that was better than my lifts as a competitive Olympic Weightlifter
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LIFT, MOVEMENT, OR WOD? LEAST FAVORITE?
I will always love the Snatch and Clean and Jerk, favorite WOD is Karen because who doesn’t want to do 150 wall balls. The Echo Bike always ruins my day.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CFFC OR JUST CROSSFIT IN GENERAL?
I love being able to compete against myself and friends every day, all in good fun. It’s amazing to have a community of people to encourage and motivate you to push harder. It’s a great feeling to walk into the gym and see your friends every day knowing everyone is there to improve themselves and have fun.
WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?
I can carry really heavy goats and climb fences fast to run away from angry cows.
WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?
Still chasing 200 pounds on bench press, 4 pounds away. Improving my gymnastics skills and beat my ranking from the 2023 Open. Only a few more weeks!
WHEN YOU ARE NOT CROSSFITTING, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?
Climbing on rocks!
WHAT IS ONE FUN THING ABOUT YOU THAT WE MAY NOT KNOW YET?
I live in a tiny house, yes, like a real tiny house on TV. No, it does not have wheels, or an oven.
WHAT IS THE ONE TIP YOU’D GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING CROSSFIT OR WHO IS NEW TO CROSSFIT?
Don’t be intimidated to start. I never touched a barbell until my first WOD and couldn’t run for more than maybe a couple minutes. Everyone starts somewhere and there’s always room to improve.
WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE? HAS IT CHANGED SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT FUEL?
I live by the principles of If It Fits Your Macros. I can happily nerd out on nutrition if anyone wants to discuss it. But ultimately, intuitive eating with plenty of protein and all things in moderation. And I eat a lot of nachos and ice cream.