Female Athlete of the Month: March 2016

Name:  Ashley Riley

Age:  23

Hometown:  St. Charles, MO

Occupation:  Pharmacy Student

How long have you been a member at 1020?  8 Months

Tell us about your first day walking through the doors at Ten Twenty: On my first day, I was kind of nervous because I had never been to a CrossFit class.  It's funny because I had been really skeptical about what a CrossFit class would be like and what it could offer.  I thought that a workout only consisted of a 10-15 minute WOD and that was it.  I used to poke fun at Kyle Mason and say that he spent more time driving to workout than actually working out.  Needless to say I was super wrong, and I couldn't be happier about it.  I didn't realize that there was also a warm-up, a lifting-focused component, a workout, and then a cool-down...summing up to be at about an hour-long workout.  The reason my skepticism is so funny is because on my first day I walked in to find out that we were doing a Hero WOD that included a ton of lifting and about 2 miles of running.  The WOD alone took about 45 minutes.  Hahahaha.  It was an awesome workout and it kicked my ass.  I admit that I am happy that not every WOD is a Hero WOD though...

What benefits/accomplishments have you seen/had since joining? I've seen so much improvement in my flexibility and overall form for the lifting movements.  Before, I really didn't have a lot of experience weightlifting, so I've come a long way!  I've definitely improved my overall strength and have gained a lot of confidence too!

What are your individual goals? I would like to be able to do a pull-up!  I'm working on it right now, but I'm not quite there yet.

Favorite moment at 1020 so far?  I'm not sure if I have one specific moment...

What do you enjoy  most about the coaching staff at 1020? I love that everyone is really encouraging and not judgmental at all.  All the communication is positive, which makes for a really positive environment!  I also appreciate how eager the coahces are to help me when I'm struggling with a movement.

Words of advice for someone interested in getting started? Don't be intimidated by the workouts.  Everything can be scaled down and you can move at your own pace.  I did the majority of my beginning workouts with a PVC instead of a barbell and I always got a good workout in.

Tell us something we don't know about you?  I am fluent in sarcasm.  Also, I have an identical twin.

Favorite WOD?  Anything with DUBS.

Least Favorite WOD?   Anything with Burpees (also ALL the OPEN workouts)