Members of Inspiration – July 2023

Name: Molly Croucher
Age: 32
How long you have been a member at CFSC: A little over a year

How you got started at CFSC: I looked for the closest CrossFit gym to my apartment when I moved to cCharlotte and it just so happened to be CFSC.

Favorite CrossFit movement: Snatch

Least favorite CrossFit movement: Burpees

Favorite healthy food/meal: breakfast bowl with sweet potatoes, turkey sausage and eggs

Favorite part about CFSC: I can be my weirdest self and for some reason you guys still like me

Something we don’t know about you: I have a music degree. Do I use it? Absolutely not.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: It’s going to suck at first, give it 3 months and you’ll be hooked.

Name: Eli Shmayel
Age: 31
How long you have been a member at CFSC: 9 months

How you got started at CFSC:  Prior to joining, I had a repetitive workout routine at a weightlifting gym. Talking with a co-worker he recommended for me to tryout CrossFit. Signed up to CFSC and here I am 9 months later. Probably been 7 months or so since I’ve stepped into a gym that’s not CrossFit.

Favorite CrossFit movement:  The one everybody loves: Muscle Ups!

Least favorite CrossFit movement:  Overhead Squats. It just feels unnatural and this one movement has been the slowest progress in terms of growth for me.

Favorite healthy food/meal: Does a Chicken Burrito bowl count as healthy? If not, my go to meal that has helped me get back in shape is the infamous chicken, broccoli, and rice.

Favorite part about CFSC: The coaching staff is great, and the new friends that I’ve met being at the gym has been the best part. I also appreciate the time in the warmups going over the movements for the complex lifts.

Something we don’t know about you:  My actual name is spelled Elie (e-lee). The name is extremely common in Lebanon. When visiting, I hear my name constantly, which feels weird since I rarely hear my name anywhere else. I write my name as Eli because the extra e leads to a lot of gender confusion and wrong pronunciation. Pretty much despised the first day of school every year growing up.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: When I walked in the gym the first day it felt pretty intimidating doing something I’ve never done before. Coaches were great in making me feel comfortable, and what keeps me here is the group classes. Everyone you’ll workout with is very supportive and positive. You’ll end up accomplishing goals that you never thought were possible.