Merit Member Since January, 2017
Erin is a 39 year old freelance musician, and part time educator. She is also a mother of two very active CrossFit kids athletes, and wife to a very active man (fellow Merit member, Steve)! She originally hails from Annapolis, Maryland, but has lived in Southern Maryland for 14 years now. Erin found her way to CrossFit Merit after her daughters began the CrossFit Kids program. She is a lover of all foods cheese related, and an inspiration to all Merit members that she comes across! Erin's positive attitude toward others, kind heart, and determination rubs off on us all. Read on to learn more about this talented Merit family member!
How do you spend your time outside of Merit?
First and foremost, I’m a mom to two active girls. I am also a freelance musician (playing in a musical all this month!) and I teach private music lessons. I also work part time leading educational tours at Historic St. Mary’s City.
What were your goals when you originally joined Merit?
My main goal when joining CrossFit Merit was to keep working out together with my family. My goal for starting CrossFit was to find a way for me to enjoy working out so it could be a regular part of everyday life. I had run for a few years and accomplished a big goal, but I was feeling burnt out.
Have you accomplished any of those goals so far?
Yes, I love that Merit not only has a place for kids to hang out during WODs, but also actively encourages family involvement in the gym. I also now look forward to working out daily, so that goal was met. I am aware that it is now time for me to reevaluate and set new goals, so I can keep growing as an athlete. I should really get on top of that soon.
What is your favorite CrossFit movement/WOD?
Sit-ups, including GHD sit-ups are a favorite of mine. This is mostly because I know I can do them and push pretty hard to go faster.
What is your least favorite CrossFit movement/WOD?
Box jumps! I have a serious fear of jumping with two feet!
What is your most memorable CrossFit moment so far?
My first CrossFit Open was the most memorable. It was very intense for me, as a performer, to do a workout with a judge watching closely. I am glad that I was talked into doing it.
What/Who is your biggest motivator?
My children are my biggest motivator. I want them to see good examples of lifestyle choices. I am also motivated by my former self, who struggled to start working out. I am not where I want to be, fitness-wise, but I know I have put in a lot of work to get here and I’m proud of that.
What would you like to say to people on the fence about trying CrossFit?
Do it, but be real with yourself. I think it’s easy to fall in love with the fun of different WODs. It’s also easy to push too hard too fast, or to let ego get involved and get hurt. Then it’s not fun anymore. Keep it challenging and fun.