Congratulations Sharon G. on being chosen as Bridge The Gap CrossFit’s Member of the Month for April 2019!
Sharon’s dedication to her fitness journey is downright inspiring – not only to the members but also to the coaches and all who come in contact with her. She literally has no quit. And that is something to be admired!
Sharon’s leadership in the gym is unmistakable. As the captain of PR’d My Pants, she led her team to victory in the intramural open because she called, and they answered every week! Getting a bunch of adults to dress up & do hellish workouts every week is no easy task, even when bribed with delicious donuts.
Sharon’s kindness in reaching out to others and being an ambassador for what our values of our gym are all about. She’s always there with a helping hand, a kind word, or a hug (she’s a hugger) to help us all get through the toughest days – even if it has nothing to do with working out.
The list goes on and on and on. So it’s our pleasure to honor Sharon as our April MOTM! Check out her Q & A below & get to know Sharon G!
- Name and Age? Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
Sharon Gunning, I’m 35 years old and originally from Harrisburg, PA. I moved to East Norriton in 2007. I am Director of Supply Chain for Sharda USA.
- How long have you been doing CrossFit? Do you remember your first workout?
I started Crossfit on September 1, 2018. I wanted to do CrossFit since 2010, but it took 8 years to work up the courage to walk in the door – and BTG CFG made it possible! I vividly remember the group workout at the Open House – it was easy, yet it kicked my butt! I attempted a box jump and landed on my butt. My ego was bruised, but I was hooked! I remember my first MOTM workout – it was Jeff’s – and it was a killer! Ever since that MOTM workout, I aimed to never miss a MOTM workout and so far, I haven’t missed one!
- What is your FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE CrossFit moves/lifts? List them all!
LOVE (or at least don’t hate) – Walking Lunges, Air Squats, Rower, Jump Rope, Deadlifts, Russian KettleBell Swings, Situps, Dips, Wall Balls, DB snatches, front and back squats
LOVE/HATE – Burpees – you kill me burpees, but you work my entire body, so mad respect Burpees. I love hate you.
HATE – Box Jumps, Anything on the Bar/Rig (any pull ups-) Thrusters, Air bike, Pushups.
- What does CrossFit mean to you – ie. positive impact on life? Significant changes? Things you’re proud of along your journey.
Everyone who knows me understands that CrossFit has become an extremely important part of my everyday life. It brought me out of a difficult time. My husband and I had been searching for a home for almost 2 years. I work from home, so the isolation was getting to me, but that combined with our townhouse filled with packed up moving boxes due to two different home purchase contracts falling through, I was at my emotional wits end. CrossFit gave me an outlet to focus on something other than the overwhelming home situation. I found a new group of friends that welcomed me with open arms. I was shocked at how inclusive and kind all of the members were. I didn’t feel judged, but rather was met with a tremendous amount of encouragement. Originally I was so intimidated to attend the Friends and Family event Janeese invited me to. I ran through every excuse in the book, but in the end I trusted Janeese. I trusted her judgement and knew if she was getting so much out of BTG, I should check it out. It truly has changed my life – I am stronger. I am faster. I have a lifelong group of friends that are hilarious, hard-working, and consistent. Just walking into the box brightens my days.
I am proud of myself that I have kept with it. I was sore at the beginning. Everything hurt. CrossFit trains you mentally & physically. During workouts that KILLED, I didn’t listen to the voice in my head telling me to quit, and my fellow members would stay throughout class to finish the WOD with me. We all want the best for each other and there is magic in that. Ego is out the window and you are left with members who support you, no matter what level you are at.
I love seeing those ahead of me kill it! I find true joy watching others progress – and I know others find that same joy when they see me progress. What is so great about our box is the reciprocation and lack of ego- and I have a feeling it is unique to our community!
- What’s your biggest CrossFit goal right now?
I am working to complete my first actual push up and eventually my first pull up. I am getting close to the pushup! I’m not going to blame my height – but my height doesn’t help with these movements and 90% of CrossFit movements. But I love that it is harder – because when I do pick up a new movement, it means SO much!! I am still excited about my first and only rope climb that I completed during Barb’s MOTM workout!
- What’s your favorite cheat meal / treat?
Pizza or Chinese food from Lai Lai’s.
- Did you play any sports / activities growing up?
I was on the swim team until age 13. I was very overweight as a teen and my weight skyrocketed from the age of 11-18. I didn’t play any sports during that time. I didn’t start working out until age 18. I ran my first 5K at age 24. It was such a huge accomplishment.
- What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know?
I used to weight 373 lbs. I lost 200 lbs and hope to lose another 20 lbs within the next year.
- What hobbies do you have outside of CrossFit?
Watching TV – such a sad hobby. I quilt, read and love jigsaw puzzles. I can also crochet pretty much any image into a blanket. See my Eagles Blanket for example. I’m a MASSIVE gardener! I can’t wait to invite every member of BTG to come and pick all the fruits and veggies they want FOR FREE throughout the growing season (summer of 2020 and beyond). I’m essentially an old soul who watches too much TV.
- What’s your favorite song to workout to?
Drunk in Love – Beyonce and Jay-Z
Out of Touch – Uniting Nation
Call on Me – Eric Prydz
- Any funny CF stories that might be fun to share with the community?
When I do more than 50 sit-ups at BTG, I get butt burn – it’s a real thing and it hurts! I also end up falling over in the weirdest, most awkward positions when attempting Handstand Pushups.
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