“Don’t let the fear of trying something new stop you from discovering something you might love.”

Congratulations to Stephanie Bain (far right), our September 2021 Athlete of the Month! We sat down with Stephanie to learn more about her CrossFit journey.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

I’m a physical education teacher and track coach at Carter High School. This is my 7th year teaching but only my 4th year here in Knoxville. I’m originally from Morristown, TN. I have always had a love for fitness. I played soccer in college so it’s really been nice getting back into the competition side of fitness.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CrossFit First Creek?

I joined First Creek in July 2019.

WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT? WHAT HAS KEPT YOU DOING IT? HAS YOUR MOTIVATION CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?

I’ve always enjoy being active but was tired of just running. My former co-track coach was a member of First Creek and suggested I come to the Bring a Friend Week. I decided to join on the last day and immediately realized I wanted to be a part of the community at First Creek. The friendships I’ve made while at CFFC are what keeps me showing up. I’d say my motivation has increased since joining. I’m more dedicated to my fitness and nutrition since becoming a member.  

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?

As far as fitness, I’ve gained a better understanding on form and various exercises to perform. I’d say nutrition is something I’ve learned more about since joining CFFC and how important it is to achieving my goals in the gym.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?

My proudest CrossFit moment was when I finally power cleaned over 100 lbs. I felt stuck at 95 for the longest time and once I finally was able to power clean 105, I was ecstatic!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LIFT, MOVEMENT, OR WOD? LEAST FAVORITE?

My favorite lift is a tie between front squats and power cleans! Favorite movement box jumps!! Favorite WOD would have to be anything with a little running and box jumps mixed in! Least favorite movement is rope climbs.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CFFC OR JUST CROSSFIT IN GENERAL?

The thing I enjoy the most about CFFC is the community. I feel like you can get a workout in at home, outside, or anywhere really; however, the people that I’ve met at First Creek, I couldn’t have meet just anywhere. I’ve formed lasting and meaningful friendships there. The kind of friendships who encourage you to push yourself and check on you when you miss!

WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?

CrossFit has made a huge impact on me both inside and outside of the gym. I am able to take the knowledge I learn and apply it my career. I can help teach the girls at my school the correct form and start to foster their love for lifting.

WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?

I can’t say I have a specific CrossFit goal. However, there are things, I want to continue to work on. Each day, I try to challenge myself and work towards being able to RX the workouts. My currently goal would be stringing together more than two T2B.

WHEN YOU ARE NOT CROSSFITTING, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?

When I’m not at the gym, I enjoy being on the lake with my friends or spending time with my family and nephew!

WHAT IS ONE FUN THING ABOUT YOU THAT WE MAY NOT KNOW YET?

One fun fact about me that not many people know is that I have my real estate license and am currently trying to juggle that alongside teaching and coaching track.

WHAT IS THE ONE TIP YOU’D GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING CROSSFIT OR WHO IS NEW TO CROSSFIT?

I’d keep it simple….Just give it a try, what do you have to lose! Don’t let the fear of trying something new stop you from discovering something you might love.

WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE? HAS IT CHANGED SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT FUEL?

For the most part, I try and track my macros. I’ve definitely put an emphasis on getting more protein in my diet. It has completely changed since starting CrossFit. However, I still love to eat candy corn! It’s my secret workout fuel in the fall! However, when that isn’t available I tend to put some BCAAs in my water to drink during my workout. It seems to give me a little extra fuel.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

I can’t say enough positive things about First Creek. It’s more than a CrossFit gym, it’s a family! The coaches and the members truly care about one other and not just on a base level. It’s a genuine place to not only become a fitter person but to become an overall better person!