We try to make sure we always introduce new members.  Our close knit community is one of our greatest strengths.  There is nothing more motivating than the support and encouragement of your fellow athlete.  Just when you think you can't do another rep, an encouraging voice shouts out and you find that inner power to keep pushing.

This weekend is the CrossFit Sectionals.  This is the qualifier for the Regionals, which leads to the CrossFit Games this summer.  It's the Olympics of CrossFit.  A gathering of the strongest, fastest, and most of all, dedicated athletes from the CrossFit Universe.

We are incredibly lucky to have Elanna representing CrossFit Quantum in this weekends sectionals.  For those that don't know Elanna...let me take a minute to introduce her!

When I first asked Elanna if she would mind me doing a profile on her she asked "shouldn't I accomplish something before you do a profile?" WHAT?!  First, I think each and every one of our members deserves a profile as they accomplish great feats everyday!  We are fortunate to have an incredibly diverse community, who each contribute in their own way.  Anyone who walks in the door and commits to CrossFit is extra special in my books!

Second, Elanna has accomplished more in under a year, than most will in a lifetime!  She is a phenomenal athlete and incredibly dedicated to her nutrition and training.  And you won't find an ounce of ego in her!

So let me introduce you to Elanna!

Why did you start CrossFit?

I was a basketball player and always loved weightlifting and overall fitness training.  I started lifting when I was 17 and sports have always been a big part of my life.  When ball was over I kept fit but wanted something I could compete at again, that was a bit more edgy.  I wanted to be pushed.  I had heard of CrossFit and went to check it out.  I watched one workout and thought  "this is awesome, sign me up!"

How has CrossFit affected your overall fitness?

I think I'm the fittest I've ever been. I wish I had done this when I was a bit younger so I still had young legs!

What got you hooked?

I love the community.  I love the people and their energy and their commitment.  I look forward to seeing them everyday. They inspire me and make me better.  I feel like CrossFit gives me a purpose to training, and I'm surrounded by like-minded people who get it.  Also, I love that there's always room to take your skills and abilities to the next level; there isn't an endpoint with CrossFit.  I have also learned how to eat properly for performance and how to encourage people around me and celebrate their successes.

How have you evolved in your Athletic Performance?

I've just become a more complete athlete.  Crossfit exposes your weaknesses big time;  you have to take those weaknesses on and I've started to do that. It's more than just being athletic-it's developing skills in a more complete and comprehensive way.

Benchmarks:

(I had to laugh when Elanna stated that she thought she should "accomplish" something before being profiled.  Check out her stats...I'd say she is good on the accomplishments!)

Fran time - 3:25 Grace-2:09 Jackie -6:58 Getting a Muscle Up - no kip required!

Back squat - 210 lbs Clean and jerk - 150 lbs Press -115 lbs Deadlift - 260 lbs Bench - 165 lbs Dead hangs - 10

Fave Workout?

Annie 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders Sit Ups

Most dreaded Workout?

Anything with Overhead Squat

Best Skills?

Pull ups, box jumps, and vertical leap

Goats?

Overhead Squat

What you might not know about Elanna:

I used to play competitive ball - played in Texas. I used to be able to touch the rim Elanna is a math teacher.  (she used the term "math dork!")

Fun Facts:

What do you miss most since switching to Paleo?

Baguettes and Cheesecake

Who is your CrossFit idol?

My CrossFit idol is Peter Roberts!

What's the first thing you are going to do after the Sectionals this weekend?

Eat cheesecake. Maybe. It's a slippery slope.  Also - give everyone who's helped me a big hug!

Fave workout tune?

Anything Leah can dance to; especially if it's the running man! (which pretty much means any tune, as Leah can, and has, done the running man to everything imaginable...sometimes not even needing music!)

We wish Elanna the best of luck this weekend.  She has worked incredibly hard in getting ready for the Sectionals and is a huge inspiration to all.

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