February Athlete of the Month – Emma Calhoun

1: Where are you from originally?

Here in Charlotte.

2. What is your favorite WOD/movement?


3. What is your least favorite WOD/ Movement?

I can’t think of one I dislike.

4. What were you doing before CrossFit? How did you hear about CrossFit and/ CrossFit Northlake?

I was swimming nonstop. My mom brought me to try it out for a month during my offseason.

5. What other sports or activities do you participate in besides CrossFit?

I am a year round swimmer.

6. How many times per week do you CrossFit?


7. What is your athletic background?

I’m on my 9th year of swimming!

8. Give us some insight as to your thoughts after your first workout at CrossFit Northlake.

I don’t really remember, but I know I’ve been hooked on it from the first day.

9. Do you have any special or favorite CrossFit Northlake memories/moments?

When I helped to coach the CrossFit kids girls program and got to speak with them about confidence and fitness. Watching and competing at the Goddess Games was a ton of fun too. Also, when I had a big swim meet and Amy gave me a card wishing me luck and a bag of snacks!

10. What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit Northlake?

Enjoy yourself, you never know how much it could change your life! I was only gonna do it for 30 days but here I am 2 and a half years later.

11. What is your eating style?

I’m doing the paleo challenge right now and when we aren’t doing the challenge, I typically eat 65-35 Paleo because I love to take my friends’ snacks at school.

12. What kind of results have you seen since starting at CrossFit Northlake?

Mentally, I know what good coaching is now, and have realized that training doesn’t have to be boring and repetitive to be meaningful. I’ve improved all around physically too. I’m also a lot more aware of what I eat and how it translates into my performance!

13. What do you do for a living?

I’m an IB student at North Meck.

14. What drives you to be an active individual?

I just think CrossFit is really fun. Plus it makes me angry when people at school, especially girls, say females can’t lift weights or shouldn’t. Part of the reason I want to get better is to help in getting rid of the body image and physical capability stereotypes society puts on females. “You’re strong… for a girl.” isn’t a compliment!
One time my teacher told me that if I went into the same job as my male friend I would make $20,000 less than him because I would never get “the fist pump”. Being an athlete at CrossFit shows me that I can pursue and achieve the same thing any guy can, including getting the “fist bump”.

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