MEET OUR MEMBERS – RACHELLE VIRAY (2017 MEMBER OF THE YEAR)

Rachelle, she’s impossible not to like. Shes humble, original and real. A true beauty who trains like a beast. By doing what she loves, she inspires and awakens the heart of others. As the saying goes – If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. Rachelle, we believe you’re a leader. Congratulations on becoming 2017 Member of the Year.

MEET Rachelle Viray

Yes. #I-have-had-a-life-changing-experience-due-to-CrossFit.

I started CrossFit in May 2011 because I thought it would make me a faster marathon runner – my passion at the time. And, if I am completely honest, put muscles on my “Grover arms”.

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I will always remember my first workout. I couldn’t push press the unloaded barbell for the entire WOD. I recall not being able to overhead squat a PVC pipe or do push-ups off my toes. For years, many skills and weight prescriptions eluded me. Handstand push-ups? Pistols? Snatch more than 100 pounds? Never. Not me.

But, I just loved it. Despite the god of self-doubt whispering, or yelling in my ear, depending on the day, I loved training and working toward Crossfit goals. I gradually started to run less and CrossFit more.

I’ve been CrossFitting for a while now and I love it just as much as when I began. I am constantly challenged, learning new skills and improving existing ones. Without a doubt, I am stronger and fitter.

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My life changing experience due to CrossFit, however, is because of intangibles.

Everyday, somebody inspires me. And, it’s not usually about the amount of weight on their bar. We’re there for our own reasons. Yet, we can all appreciate each other’s effort, perseverance and work ethic.

I love that I can show up at Saint City and train with like-minded people. I love that the Saint City coaches respect, value and support every athlete regardless of skill level. I love that my fellow athletes cheer for PRs and goals achieved – and it is genuine. We have all endured the same frustration and pain.

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I have a healthier perspective on food, nutrition and body image. I now believe I can attain any goal I set for myself – with dedication, intention, perseverance and hard work. It is much easier for me to tell the god of self-doubt: Not today.

Above all, training in Crossfit keeps me accountable. It allows me to consistently practice the values my husband and I aspire to pass on to our kids:

  • be grateful
  • work harder than you think you can
  • define your own success
  • know that the road to achieving your goals is never a straight line
  • make mistakes, then find the lesson
  • remember: failure is learning
  • do not compare; comparison is a thief of joy
  • sparkle, there is always enough sparkle to go around for everyone 

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    I do love the process, despite the many days when things don’t feel quite so snappy – even with my ‘extended’ warm-up protocol 😅. The PRs are fewer and farther between, but, I am enjoying the journey with nothing but gratitude…and knee sleeves, elbow sleeves, wrists wraps and of course, lip balm 😉.

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