Will, Leigh Anna, and Ashleigh Smithey
Age: Will - 42, Leigh Anna - 45, Ashleigh - 14
Occupation: Will - Adjuster at ITG, Leigh Anna - Homemaker, Ashleigh - Student-athlete at Morehead High School
When did you start CrossFit? Ashleigh - June 2014, Will and Leigh Anna - January 2015
Favorite WOD: Ashleigh - Annie
Least Favorite WOD: Ashleigh - Murph is tough!
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: Will had done weightlifting in the past and Ashleigh was a dancer and played tennis, but they didn't really discover their inner athlete until they started CrossFit!
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Ashleigh learned about CrossFit through some of her classmates and wanted to try it. Her first workout was stations that included lots of squats. "I couldn't walk good for days!" Will and Leigh Anna were encouraged to start by Ashleigh and immediately loved it too!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CF? "I can see more defined muscles in my body, I can fit into my clothes better and have increased my endurance," says Will. Leigh Anna also credits her new muscle definition to CrossFit. Ashleigh beams with pride whenever she talks about her CrossFit journey, "When I first started CrossFit, I was lazy, chubby, quiet and self-conscious. I weighed 178 pounds at 12 years old. Over the course of two years I have witnessed myself shedding fat, building muscle, becoming stronger, and gaining self-confidence. I have become a strong, confident young woman, with guns to show off!" Not only has the Smithey family added exercise to their daily routine they have also embraced eating healthier as well, combined their family has lost 80lbs!
Any advice for people just getting started? Leigh Anna reminds us to "go at your own pace, don't worry about what everyone else is doing, because you will get there eventually." Ashleigh says to "never give up, CrossFit is addicting but can also be frustrating at times. CrossFit is not a quick fix, stick with it and you will see results and feel better." And Will emphasizes to "focus on form first, before worrying about lifting heavy weights."