A bit about: Mary Spaniol

"There's not many problems that can't be fixed by throwing a lot of weight on the ground."

"There's not many problems that can't be fixed by throwing a lot of weight on the ground."

WHY DO YOU DO CROSSFIT?

Because there's not many problems that can't be fixed by throwing a lot of weight on the ground. Plus, it gives you a nice derriere; and I like shopping. A growing derriere is a fantastic excuse to buy newclothes.

HOW HAS CROSSFIT AFFECTED YOU?

CrossFit has strengthened me emotionally and physically. I used to be fearful of gaining weight and was convinced I'd look "bulky" if I lifted weights. CrossFit has improved and changed my body image and the way I define strength. I love being strong and I look forward to each WOD as it brings a new challenge.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO KEEP COMING BACK?

"The community is fantastic and unbelievably supportive. It's exciting to grow together as a community and individually as an athlete."

"The community is fantastic and unbelievably supportive. It's exciting to grow together as a community and individually as an athlete."

At first, I kept coming back to CrossFit class because one of my good friends from college was the coach. Now, I keep coming back because I like the person I've become through doing CrossFit. Plus, the community is fantastic and unbelievably supportive. It's exciting to grow together as a community and individually as an athlete.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO? SOMETHING YOU TELL YOURSELF WHEN YOU'RE FIGHTING THROUGH A WORKOUT? IF SO, DO YOU MIND SHARING IT?

I've learned to "sit in the suck of it." In my mind, if a workout sucks, I'm probably doing it right. The "suck" doesn't last long, but for whatever is left on the clock, I just get comfy in the discomfort.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT? 

"I've learned to 'sit in the suck of it.' In my mind, if a workout sucks, I'm probably doing it right. The 'suck' doesn't last long, but for whatever is left on the clock, I just get comfy in the discomfort."

"I've learned to 'sit in the suck of it.' In my mind, if a workout sucks, I'm probably doing it right. The 'suck' doesn't last long, but for whatever is left on the clock, I just get comfy in the discomfort."

Honestly, pretty much anything I can do, but I always am excited to run longer distances :) My favorites used to be anything that focused on legs, but I'm working on my upper body strength for quite some time now. Right now, I'm loving handstand push ups and the little bit of handstand walking I can do.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? 

Peanut butter. Blue moon. Bacon. Sugar. That being said, I don't recommend mixing them all together.

WHAT IS YOUR POWER SONG? 

Robot music (aka, EDM, aka Avicii... love that guy)

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT WE DON'T ALREADY KNOW.

If you listen closely to all of the words that come out of my mouth (sometimes there's a lot), I still make confabulations on things I learned (well, mislearned) in childhood. A chipmunk is still a "chickmunk" in my world... also there was this one time I was singing at the top of my lungs "He's a man diva..." turns out that's not what they were saying.

 
 

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

An arabian horse because I'm quite persistent through difficult situations, protective, and loyal. But for the record, my original answer was a unicorn.