November Member of the Month: Shannon Rutten

Every once in a while certain members sneak up on you and surprise you with their improvements. I would have to say that Shannon definitely did that for us and we wanted to recognize her for all the hard work she has been putting in. 

After her husband Erik convinced her to try Crossfit, Shannon came to us very hesitant about lifting weights and the intensity of the training. But despite that early hesitation, one thing she was never shy about was working hard. 

Next thing we noticed Shannon is smashing workouts Rx, setting PR`s and at some points it looked like it didn`t matter what we threw at her she was crushing everything.  

Congrats Shannon! 

1. How Long have you been doing Crossfit? 

Under a year but I'm not sure exactly

2. Name your favourite/least favourite movements? 

The power snatch is my most favorite. I love how powerful the movement feels and how it uses the whole body. Box jumps are a close second because I like the springy feeling in my legs when I'm doing them, they are great for cardio and they work the whole leg. My claves seem to get neglected sometimes but these burn them out good. I don't really enjoy pull ups or double unders but I'm sure I will once I get better at them.

3. What are the biggest changes that you have noticed since you joined Transition Crossfit?

 Before crossfit, I had been going to a physiotherapist and chiropractor for knee pain due to very weak hips. Even walking could trigger this pain and none of the prescribed exercises seemed to be helping. Now, even though I'm running, jumping, doing high rep air squats and can squat just over 200, I never have any knee pain.

4. Favourite benchmark workout.

They're all just so much fun (not)! If I can only choose just one I'll say Nancy (400 meter run, Overhead squat 95 lbs x 15, 5 rounds for time) I like the ones that keep me going on auto pilot but kill me in the end.

5. Name three goals or weaknesses that you would like to improve on in the next 3/6/12 months.

I'd like to have my double unders in the next 3 months or tomorrow. In 6 months I'd like to possibly do some competitions. And 12 months from now I'd like to be doing Rx everything. As of now I can only do a few things Rx.