How old are you? 14.
How long have you been doing CrossFit? About three and a half years.
What are your favorite CrossFit movements? My favorite movements are cleans and squats (front squat, back squat, squat cleans etc.)
How has CrossFit changed your every day life? When I first started CrossFit kids in 2011, I was in fifth grade and I wasn’t in great shape. I came to Quad City CrossFit and started coming twice every week. Eventually I began to see that I was losing weight and improving my overall health – I am thankful for that! CrossFit has also helped me become more agile and much stronger so I am able to do a lot of things most people my age can’t.
It’s been amazing to be apart of this young lady’s growth, not only as an athlete but as a person. When Lauren started crossfit she was this shy, quiet little kid who kept to herself. Now she is a leader of our class. The other kids look at her to be better. Her technique is flawless, her discipline and drive are there and her confidence has sky rocketed in the last couple years. To say that she has become a better all-around athlete since starting crossfit is a huge understatement but the thing I love is that it’s affected her everyday life. She’s someone who is looked at as strong, confident, giving, encouraging and hard working and I think being at this gym has helped shape that. This kid is impressive to watch and I can’t wait for what her future holds, in life, sport and crossfit. We’ve only just begun to scratch the surface. Now that her foundation is set, I believe she’s going to stay healthy and fit the rest of her life, and I for one, am pumped about that! – Coach Maddy
What sports do you play? Volleyball.
How has CrossFit improved your sports? CrossFit has made me much stronger, so I can jump higher and hit the ball harder. When we do conditioning and lifting for volleyball it’s easier for me than it is for the other girls because i have that CrossFit background.
What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit in general (not movement wise)? My favorite thing about CrossFit is probably the fact that I know I’m getting stronger and keeping myself in shape and I love doing it. I also love the people at QCCF because they have helped me become who I am today (especially my coach).
Your parents CrossFit… How important is it that they do it with you? My mom joined QCCF long before there was a kids program. When QCCF started coaching kids she was the one who made me try it and kept me going twice a week. Then my dad also started and it helps encourage me to keep coming to CrossFit and trying to get better.