Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words. August’s Athlete of the Month is Courtney Oddo. Courtney was chosen because of her work ethic in the gym and how fast she has progressed because of it. Over her short time at OPCF, we feel she is already a big part of our community. Learn more below about Courtney!
- What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
I was proud myself for making it through the work out and not dying or throwing up. However, I realized how out of shape I actually was (I couldn’t breathe after the 400 m ‘warm up’).
- What has been your favorite workout?
Probably the one from 7/27. It was a 1K bike, 100 DU (SU for me), 1 mile run, and 100 DU (SU). I had very little hope for completing this one. It was the first optional mile I have ran to date, it really showed me the progress I’ve made.
- What is your favorite cheat meal?
BEER and chick-fil-a nuggets.
- Where do you work?
I work in the accounting department at City Wide Franchise. I am also in school full time at UMKC studying Business with an emphasis in real estate.
- What do you like to do outside of work?
With the limited amount of free time, I like having Disney music dance parties with my daughter.
6. What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF?
Feed your body. Make sure you are eating properly and drinking enough water. Also, don’t get discouraged because you can’t do the heavy weights or certain gymnastics movements. If you want to improve, stay after and practice!
- What is your favorite lift?
It’s a toss up between the split jerk and power snatch. The split jerk was easy to learn! However, the power snatch, I never know what is going to happen. It has been a challenge to learn.
- What’s your biggest “GOAT”?
Muscle Ups and the rowing machine. I’ll blame my height for rowing.
- What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF?
I gained ten pounds (I’m hoping it’s muscle). When I started CF, I was looking for an outlet for stress and to stay in shape; but, what I found was so much more than that. I gained confidence in myself, I am doing workouts that I never thought I would be able to complete. Everyone has been so helpful and kind! Thank you for that! I feel like the gym is one big team and it is amazing to be apart of it.
- What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far?
Being able to do more than the 35 lb. bar weight across the board and running a mile.
- What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet?