TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
I’m Becky Swanger, 39 years old, married 16 years to my Michael, and mom to three incredible kiddos: Sam (11), Adah (8) & Sydney (2).
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CrossFit First Creek?
Since the beginning! I joined CrossFit HTK when Sam was 5, stayed until just before it closed, took a brief break when I returned to the workforce, then joined CFFC in late spring of 2015.
WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT?
Groupon! HTK was running a sweet monthly special & my friend Jessie & I decided to give it a try! Not going to lie… we totally wrote our “Last Will & Testaments” and left them on the kitchen counters for our families before our first class… We were surely going to die! One month later, Rick Popp basically told us that our Groupons had run out & we’d better drink the Kool-Aid & officially join the box or start paying something because our 30 classes had definitely run out! By that time, I was hooked, my kiddos had permanent “gym feet” from playing in the old, filthy warehouse, and CrossFit had begun its transformation into my life.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?
As many of you know, I had a major knee injury on July 5, 2018 (Hey Terry! Remember how you were a terrible doctor for me that morning?? 🙂 ), resulting in surgery on September 24, 2019. Up to this point, I was pushing myself to the limit in every workout, doing twice a day workouts, and was way too competitive for my own good. I hobbled into the gym on crutches on July 6th, pulled a bench over to the Ski Ergs, and improvised with whatever movements I could that would not include using my right knee (seated ski, weighted sit-ups, elevated push-ups on one leg, shoulder press, one-leg row, etc.). I kept pushing myself until surgery in late September, then took 3 months off per doctor’s orders.
While this journey has certainly been physically demanding, it’s been even tougher mentally. I’ve been broken, forced to change my goals, and literally learned how to walk and CrossFit again. As unpredicted and awful as it has been, I am forever grateful for this challenge: I have learned to slow down, re-focus, value what my body can do, and enjoy working out in a drastically different way with our CFFC family.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?
Working out throughout my entire pregnancy with Sydney – even completing the early AM WOD on the date of her delivery! – will always rank as my proudest feat in CrossFit. Returning to CFFC 21 days postpartum was incredibly powerful, too. Bo Ackerson was coaching that day and I believe the WOD included running or jump ropes… I distinctly remember telling him that I would need to scale some of these elements and he asked, “Why?!?” “Well, Bo, I just had a kid…” 🙂
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LIFT, MOVEMENT, OR WOD? LEAST FAVORITE?
This is a hard one for me… since my injury has seriously limited me in movements, I’ll literally take whatever I can get. Recently I have loved when I can Rx WODs again – give me pull-ups, kettlebell swings, dumbbell snatches, deadlifts, sit-ups, etc., any day & I’ll be all over it 🙂
WHAT WOULD YOUR PERFECT WOD LOOK LIKE?
If my knee was 100%, I’d love a hard-cardio WOD with weights – running, burpees, box jumps, kettlebells, dead lifts, dumbbell snatches, pull-ups, etc. One of those WODs that leaves you on the floor… Bring it on!!
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CFFC OR JUST CROSSFIT IN GENERAL?
I love that every WOD in CrossFit brings a new challenge, and despite how tired, sore, or distracted I may be, my only job during that one hour every class is to push myself to persevere through and overcome that challenge while simultaneously cheering on our CFFC family.
WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?
CrossFit is my therapy, hands down. Life is beautiful, hard, and crazy with Michael and I working full-time and raising our three kiddos. CFFC is literally the one hour I give to myself every day. I love to push hard in the gym, work through challenges, and feel centered to face our days.
My favorite 20” box in the gym is damaged, with an arrow on it saying, “I’m Broke.” I choose this box every chance I can get, and during WODS, I read “I’m Broke,” and then challenge it with, “No, I’m not.” Over and over I repeat this “I’m Broke, no I’m not, I’m Broke, no I’m not” through box jumps, burpees over the box, dumbbell step-ups, etc. The more I tell myself that I am not broke, the more I believe I can do anything I set my mind to. This is by far the greatest CrossFit impact I could have ever dreamed of.
WHAT ARE YOUR CROSSFIT GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?
Again, these goals have continued to change through the years and different challenges I’ve faced. My goal at this point is pretty simple: WOD 5-6 days/week, push hard (I LOVE those WODs where you need to recover for almost as long as you worked out – Kelley Prator & Murph!), and be proud of what my body can do. Some days are big successes; other days (like the hang cleans last week) remind me that I still have a long way to go to recover from my knee injury.
WHEN YOU ARE NOT CROSSFITTING, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?
Vacationing at Seabrook Island with our family is absolutely my favorite thing to do!
WHAT IS THE ONE TIP YOU’D GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING CROSSFIT OR WHO IS NEW TO CROSSFIT?
Do it! Be bold, be brave, believe in yourself! We are all athletes when we walk in that garage door.
WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE? HAS IT CHANGED SINCE STARTING CROSSFIT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT FUEL?
Not going to lie – some weeks are fabulous – My macros are meticulously met and my meals are prepped. Other weeks involve a lot of wine, rum, pizza, and late night snacks. This will always be a work in progress for me 🙂
IF THERE WAS ONE THING YOU’D IMPROVE UPON AT CFFC, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
We’d love a babysitter for Sydney so that Michael & I could work out together!!