SLU Athlete Spotlight: Melissa K.

Get to know Melissa!

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Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you originally from?
I’m a transplant from the Great White North… Born and raised in London, Ontario. Been living in Seattle for 6 years though, and love it!

What do you do for work?
I’m a Program Manager at Microsoft, focusing on user experience and UI design. Currently working on the Internet Explorer team.

What do you do for FUN?
Pretty much anything outdoors. And since I’ve moved here, I’ve picked up many new sports and activities to add to all the things I did back home. Things that keep me busy when I’m not at the gym are road biking, rock climbing, skiing (backcountry, inbounds and some downhill racing), hiking, mountaineering, and anything else my crazy friend will talk me into trying. I’m also an instructor for a basic glacier climbing class and an outdoor leadership class here in Seattle, and am the events coordinator chair for the Seattle chapter of Room to Read.

When did you start CrossFit?
January 2012.

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What keeps you coming to our gym?
Love the community and vibe of the place. Everyone is so friendly and approachable. And the instructors rock!

What class time do you usually go to?
Evenings. 6:30 or 7:30pm.

Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
My favourite movements involve anything without weights :) Box jumps, pull ups, push up, running, burpees, jump rope, handstands (I love handstands!), air squats… you get it!

You’ve been kickin’ butt in the gym lately, what’s your most recent PR?
67kg back squat.

Favorite place to go out for dinner?
Seattle is such a paradise for foodies! So much good food… But Park Pub on Phinney Ridge is the place frequent the most. It’s in walking distance to our house and is pretty awesome.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Definitely Go Go Gadget arms. For some reason, many things tend to be out of reach for me… and I’m inherently a little lazy :) So not having to get up to grab that beer off the coffee table would be sweet.

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Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
I’m the number one fan, official photographer and sponsor for a local pro triathlete… who also just happens to be my husband!

What outside-the-gym activities you like to participate in? How has your performance changed with your increased fitness?
Since starting crossfit, I am definitely the strongest I’ve been and has a huge effect on my performance in all the other things I do. I’ve also found that I can stay out longer and go harder then my pre-crossfit self. Transitioning from season to season and sport to sport, my general strength and fitness is well above what I’d need without having to train specifically for those sports, though I do have to supplement crossfit with biking to keep aerobically fit.

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