Madison Houser

“CrossFit workouts can make you nervous, in a good way, because you are competing with others and yourself. No matter how bad the workout seems, you’re going to be another day stronger, so it’s worth it.”

Congratulations to Madison Houser, our April 2021 Athlete of the Month! We sat down with Madison to learn more about her CrossFit journey.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am a math teacher at Bearden Middle School and the boys track coach. Drew Houser is my husband, and we have two dogs. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH CrossFit First Creek?

I joined CrossFit First Creek in November 2020.

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

Drew and I have done CrossFit in the past, so we knew how fun it was and that it fit how we like to work out. We were tired of just running, doing the same routine every week, and kept saying how much we missed CrossFit. The confidence one workout gives has kept me going and getting stronger has been motivating me to keep pushing in the gym.

 WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE JOINING CFFC?

Pacing is your friend. I come from a sprint background and want to go all out at the beginning of workouts. I am still learning, but pacing has become better since joining!

 WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT?

My proudest moment was doing my first workout with heavier RX weight with front squats, thrusters and overhead squats. I didn’t do all the reps for each round, but I did do the weight. Thanks to Lindsay for pushing me to do this! It felt good to challenge myself and is definitely the moment I decided I wanted to get stronger in my lifts. 

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

My favorite lift is anything with squats: front squats, back squats, overhead squats. Any WOD I can beat Drew in is my favorite! My least favorite movement would have to be push-ups. 

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

Drew and I are really competitive. We did a half marathon just so we could compete in something again. CrossFit has brought fun everyday competition back into my life. 

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

I feel more confident and accomplished with myself. It feels good to have fitness back in my life!

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

I just want to continue to get stronger. 

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

I really enjoy just being outside with my dogs and baking on the weekends. 

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

I was a D3 eight time All-American in track and field, and have one National Championship Title in the 60-meter hurdles.

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

CrossFit workouts can make you nervous, in a good way, because you are competing with others and yourself. No matter how bad the workout seems, you’re going to be another day stronger, so it’s worth it. 

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

I don’t have a specific type of diet. There just has to be lots of veggies and some sort of meat. The only thing I have changed since starting CrossFit again is adding more protein in my day, because I noticed I wasn’t getting enough with the workouts we are doing. I love to have an apple or some green tea before a workout.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

CFFC was very welcoming to us! I love how everyone is so encouraging and down to earth. I am very glad we found this place!