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August Athlete Of The Month – Edward

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Let’s hear it for this month’s athlete of the month… Edward!!

Edward holds a special place in our heart as he holds the official title as 2024’s “O.G.”, which he proudly references himself as often (and we love it!) He had tried CrossFit once before, met pukie and didn’t try it again until we opened our doors. He walked over from his office and said, “Well, I don’t have any excuses anymore now that you guys have opened up so close to me. Sign me up!” And like you’ve heard the saying before, “and the rest was history!” Every day we have had Edward in the box and gotten to do life alongside of him, has been a genuine blessing for us.

Besides the fact that Edward is just one of the sweetest humans beings we’ve ever met before, he has an unwavering determination within him that often flies under the radar. He without a doubt has one of the busiest schedules we’ve ever seen someone maintaining (being a co-owner of a multi-site business, is on numerous boards around the city of Austin, partners alongside multiple non-profits on a monthly basis, is a national skeeball champion {yes that’s totally a thing!}, is the handler for a famous therapy pup who often has interviews and events he needs to be a part of… just to name off a few things on his plate). Regardless of how hectic, busy and tiring life can get for Edward, which can happen to us all at times, he never lets his commitment to his health and fitness flounder. He has his mind set on long term goals, knows that it takes work, discipline, sacrifice, and is enjoying the journey along the way while seeing all of his hardworking pay off!

Coach Jamie had this to say about Edward, “I can’t tell you how much we LOVE Edward and LOVE having him in our classes! He is such a big part of this family and everyone just loves him. He is an amazing person, has always been coachable, respectful, keeps open communication with the staff and trusts the process. I couldn’t even begin to express our appreciation for him as an athlete, a competitor, a friend, a local business owner, and a person! I have been so honored to have seen Edward’s progress since we first opened our doors. He always wants to improve and make progress each time he comes in, even if it’s in doses of small victories. Trust me, we enjoy seeing his big victories too, but he knows it’s a long term journey. Did you know that he had never meal-prepped once before he began CrossFit and since then has been consistently preparing beautiful meals for his family, friends and loved ones? It’s amazing! I have been so honored to have been a small part in his amazing journey and it’s just getting started! I can’t wait to see all of his future milestones unfold before us while we continue to champion him on towards his goals. We love you Edward. Keep up the fantastic work!”

Here Are Some Fun Facts About Edward:

Q: How long have you been doing CrossFit?
A:  I’ve been doing CrossFit for about two years.

Q: Why did you originally hop on the CrossFit Express?
A: I attempted CrossFit once about four years ago, and I left very intimidated. When CrossFit 2024 opened for business, I thought to myself, “No more excuses. It’s right in your hood.” The rest is history.

Q: What motivates you to keep going and working hard?
A: My motivation stems from the coaches, community, and my personal goals. But most off all my time in the box is my escape for an hour and a half. I feel cut off from work & responsibilities, it’s all about working on me, for me.

Q: What’s your favorite movements in CrossFit?
A: I would have to say I enjoy working on my form for lifting. But recently I have enjoyed working on cleans, and handstand walks. I feel like as I grow stronger my favorites tend to change.

Q: What are your long term goals?
A: To stay healthy, motivated, and active. I’d really like to do my first triathlon and maybe try another team CrossFit competition.

Q: What’s your biggest accomplishment since joining 2024?
A: I would have to say it’s been my motivation to eat healthy & stay committed. It truly has been a lifestyle change for the better.

Q: What’s one hidden talent you have or interesting fact about you? A: I was a member on the 2017 National Skeeball Championship team for Austin.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Troop Beverly Hills or The Craft it’s difficult to decide.

Q: Favorite coffee/lunch/dinner spot in ATX?
A: Too many to pick just one, but Umi Sushi, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Sway, and Uchi are a few of my favs.

Q: What’s one item on your bucket list?
A: Triathlon.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most the remainder of the year and into 2020?
A: The growth of my business, Mud Puppies.

Q: What’s something you’d say to someone considering joining CrossFit for the first time?
A: The first few workouts are always the most difficult. But, just stick with it focus on form & post-WOD stretching. Have fun, and enjoy the community.