Members of Inspiration – December 2023

Name: Lacey Maners
Age: 31
How long you have been a member at CFSC: 4 years

How you got started at CFSC: My old gym closed, but I work in the area and I’d seen the CFSC sign on Westinghouse. I knew working out independently wasn’t going to work for me, so I decided to give SWEAT a try and then transitioned into CrossFit.

Favorite CrossFit movement: ALL THE SQUATS

Least favorite CrossFit movement: Currently power cleans, because this is a movement I get really in my head about when I reach a certain weight.  I’m transitioning out of this phase, but it has been a huge challenge. Also, running, and being on the rig.

Favorite healthy food/meal: I don’t like healthy foods. But I loooove a nice rare ribeye, raw oysters, and sushi. I prefer my food uncooked, I guess.

Favorite part about CFSC: I’m not sure how Brian did it, but he found a way to gather all the best coaches and keep them for himself. Every coach has so much knowledge and expertise that I just want to soak up like a sponge. I truly believe they want what’s best for me and their attention to detail, thorough instructions, and time they take to prepare for each class does not go unnoticed.

Something we don’t know about you: I’m a huuuuuge foodie, I cheered in high school/college, my sister and I still do a back handspring every year at thanksgiving to prove that we aren’t totally burnt out, I hate breakfast, coffee, and desserts. I have an alter-ego named Lexie who eats tomato soup at midnight.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Do it and stick to it! I was one of those people who used to show up, SOMETIMES. I would pick out which workout I liked best and only go on that day. The inspirational quotes on the walls made me want to roll my eyes… but one day I realized that I needed to make a change.

Personally, I’m a control freak and a perfectionist at work and at home.  I like order, I’m a busy body, and I must force myself to sit down and relax. I’m not chill! I like things my way and I’m used to them coming to me easy because I make it happen. CrossFit really humbled me and made me realize that this stuff is tough. Not everything comes naturally, and some things are going to take work. I’m only going to get better at things if I do the hard stuff. For example, not picking the easiest mod and coming to the gym even when I feel like the workout is *boring*. CrossFit has allowed me to overcome physical and mental barriers not only in the gym. I can feel myself getting stronger in these aspects every day. What’s amazing to me is that CFSC is so big, but every single member is truly an amazing person. We are such a diverse group who continues to show up because we freakin’ love this place. “If you let it, this place will change you.” So let it.

Name: Diego Caceres
Age: 26 years old
How long have you been a member at CFSC: I believe it’s been 3 to 4 years; you lose count when you’re having fun!

How you got started at CFSC: I recently started CrossFit prior to joining CFSC, when I graduated UNCC in 2020 I was looking for a CrossFit gym closer to home, and I was lucky to find CFSC.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Back squats

Least favorite CrossFit movement: burpees, bar-facing burpees, burpee-pull-ups, lateral burpees. It’s a love-hate relationship with burpees, but I do enjoy the challenge of them!

Favorite healthy meal: I really enjoy scallops and a nice salad.

Favorite thing about CFSC: it’s hard to pick just one! I love the community, the coaches, but I love the workouts. It’s a good combination of strength and cardio and the way the workouts make my body sore make me feel happy mentally and physically. Sometimes I come in thinking I will RX a workout easily, let’s just say I get humbled very quickly.

Something we don’t know about you: I think everyone besides the 04:30 pm class doesn’t know this but I sweat A LOT. Summer or winter it’s all the same for me. I use to be self-conscious about it but I learned to embrace it. If you’re working out next to me in the winter, sorry for the cold fan being on!

Words of wisdom: I understand that CrossFit can be intimidating hearing the barbells drop, watching the CrossFit games, and seeing athletes do amazing things with their body. But CrossFit is NOT exclusive, it has been the most inclusive community that I have ever been a part of. The people at CFSC will push you to your limits while also listening to your body. Give it a chance and talk to the people there. You will be amazed of how much you have in common with your fellow CrossFitters. This community is for all ages and all skill levels!