Getting to know Meagan:
When COVID isn’t a thing she enjoys traveling on all her teacher breaks. She has been fortunate to go to a lot of cool places with great people and to do a lot solo as well. During quarantine she has learned how to be her own handyman (seriously go check out her instagram @mlgillcrist), play superheroes with her nephews (more just her running after them), and get outside to enjoy CO as much as she can.
Her “why” for fitness – Seven years ago she made a change in her life that brought her on the path of active recovery from an eating disorder. The process has not been all rainbows and sunshine but through it she has learned a lot about herself. Her philosophy being that “recovery is a choice you make every second of everyday.” “Fitness allows me to stay dedicated in that fight mentally. Knowing I can do hard things in the gym has allowed me to remain steadfast outside of the gym.”
What brought you to CFU?
“One of my close friends, as well as family members, are CrossFitters. For a while they had been encouraging me to try it out because they felt that it would be a really good fit for me. I’m pretty stubborn so it took me a while to do my “research.” CFU stood out to me the most in all of the online reviews. The biggest aspect being the community that CFU has built. I knew for myself that was very important in making CrossFit a long term lifestyle change. I’m very glad that I had people push me in the right direction!”
We do have an amazing community and it is because of people like Meagan.
What was your First Impression of CFU?
Her first impression of CFU came from our very own Zach who told her Crossfit is not only commitment but a process. Indeed, this is so true.
She also said “ My first 5am class was a bit intimidating. I’m typically an observer in a room of new faces for a while before I get comfortable. I realized after a few classes however just how supportive everyone is. It didn’t hurt that so many 5am’ers are also teachers! Now when I come in I love seeing familiar faces. The encouragement and support of the community as a whole is very inspiring.”
What was your first success or accomplishment? What made you feel like “Hell Yeah.. I crushed that!?
Meagan Hit 200lbs on her deadlift after our powerlifting cycle this past December and that is we she thought to herself “Hell yeah.. I crushed that!”
What kind of changes have you noticed since joining Undeniable? These could be physical, mental, etc.
“I’m a pretty big advocate for holistic health, particularly in relation to mental well being. I’m currently 7 years into active recovery and take it very seriously. Since coming to CFU I’ve noticed that I feel like an overall happier human. I’m able to let go of a lot more and focus on being present, which is a huge win for me! I also notice that I’m just stronger and honor my body for doing things I legitimately never thought I could do before.”
What are you working on now?
“A pull up! It’s been my goal since I started. I was always the kid in gym class who they would tell to do the bar hang because I could never do a pull up. I even have hung rings in my basement to practice because I know it is a process that may take a while. That will be a great day when I get my first one after 33 years of trying.”
What’s your favorite CFU memory so far?
“Nikki Christen came in on her 50th birthday! We made a circle and did a wave of 50 burpees after class. Each time saying happy birthday when we clapped! I know that had to have been cool for her. It just stuck out to me as something you wouldn’t do just anywhere and speaks volumes about CFU!”
Meagan, congratulations on 7 years of active recovery and your consistency in the gym. We’re super lucky to have you as part of the CFU community and appreciate all that you bring.