Each month Overland Park CrossFit recognizes a member who exemplifies our values and motivates others in the gym to push themselves with encouraging words. June’s Athlete of the Month is Amanda Ice. Amanda was chosen because she always has a very positive attitude and cheers on the other members in her class. She has already made a ton of progress when it comes to being able to complete many of the more difficult skills (such as pull-ups, rope climbs, double-unders, etc.) since having her baby and it’s very exciting to see! She has an incredible work ethic and inspires those who get to watch her work out. Her hard work is paying off and we love having Amanda as a part of our OPCF community! Learn more about Amanda below.
How long have you been working out at Overland Park CrossFit? Since December 2020
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? Do you remember what it was? My first CrossFit workout was in February 2015 and it was an AMRAP of burpee box jumps and thrusters. I remember wanting to throw up and thinking how unfit I was!
What has been your favorite workout so far? My favorite workout is DT! I love any wod that includes a bunch of weightlifting!
What is your favorite cheat meal? Chips and queso
What did you want to be when you grew up and where do you work now? I honestly had no idea what I wanted to be or do when I was younger. Now I’m a project manager at Cerner.
What do you like to do outside of work? I love to hangout with my family, go to Chiefs and Royals’ games, take my dog for walks, and play volleyball.
What advice would you give a newbie just starting at OPCF? CrossFit becomes less intimidating the more you do it. You may not see changes day by day, but after 6 months or so, you will be able to look back and see how much stronger you’ve gotten and healthier you feel.
What is your favorite/least favorite movement? My favorite movements are snatches and double-unders and my least favorite is running. I would rather do ANYTHING than run haha!
What’s one Crossfit goal you have set for yourself to accomplish this next year? Coming back from giving birth in Sept. 2020, my goal in 2021 is to regain my midline/core strength that I had pre-baby.
What changes have you seen in yourself since starting at OPCF? Since starting at OPCF, I have become stronger both mentally and physically.
What is your biggest improvement or proudest accomplishment thus far? My biggest improvement has been the strengthening of my core. I still have a ways to go, but I’m already seeing improvement and it’s really encouraging! I have also hit my max clean and close to my max snatch so that’s been exciting as well.
How do you fit working out into your weekly schedule? I love working out at the 4:30pm class because it’s right after I get done from work and it’s such a great time to de-stress after a long workday! I try to get in at least 3, usually 4 CrossFit sessions a week.
What is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t yet? I’ve always wanted to be able to do a muscle-up! Some day it’s going to happen!