Today we bring you an interview with another of our athletes, Emily Bridgers. Read on to learn more!
How did you first get involved with CrossFit?
A few years after my gymnastics retirement, my best friend and former teammate Kelsey and I would still workout in the weight room at UGA. Kelsey’s brother owned a CrossFIt gym in Cincinnati and kept saying how much we would love CrossFit, so we would check the main site and do mostly the body weight workouts that "looked fun." I remember doing “Annie” thinking it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and a modified filthy fifty and being sore for a week.
Soon after, I moved back to Atlanta and started coaching gymnastics. I lived with my parents so I was able to justify the cost of CrossFit and I didn’t go in to work everyday until at least noon, which left plenty of time to work out. I walked into CrossFit Decatur in June of 2010, where Ben (currently my coach of 4 years and boyfriend of 2 years) took me through my first workout and convinced me to join. I was immediately hooked and as soon as 6 months later, I was working there and I found my new passion.
What do you love most about CrossFit?
Two things. I love the community and the growth.
I love the camaraderie that you see within your clients. I love seeing people develop friendships along the way and seeing so many people change their lifestyle and outlook on working out. I love that you can accomplish something new every day. I love the confidence it builds. I love that results are measurable, so instead of looking at numbers on the scale, people become focused on numbers in their lifts or workouts, or even improved blood pressure numbers, etc. I love that it completely changed my life, allowing me to have a career in something I truly love, allowing me another chance to be a competitor, and leading me into a wonderful relationship.
I guess I don’t love ONE thing - I love everything about it.
Tell us about what you do when you’re not CrossFitting.
Well, my day job is CrossFit, since opening CrossFit Terminus last August. But – outside of the gym, I enjoy being outside, going to festivals and restaurants in Atlanta, playing with our dog Dottie, spending time with my family, going to all my friends’ weddings!
Emily Bridgers and her boyfriend Ben
What is the CrossFit-related accomplishment that you’re most proud of?
Southeast Regionals 2012 and 2013. Although [at the time of this interview] I have not made The CrossFit Games individually, I’m still very proud of my preparation and performance in the past two Regional Competitions.
What CrossFit stigma have you heard before, but found to be untrue?
That CrossFit makes gives you undesirable results, such as looking “bulky.” I’ve never been more happy or confident with my body as I am now, and I find that other women feel the same, being proud of their lean, muscular physique.
Like I said, after getting into CrossFit your whole mindset changes so I think the only people who think like that, are the people who haven’t really given it a chance.
What would a typical day look like for you, food-wise?
Typically I have Greek yogurt, on the way to the gym for early morning classes.
Most days, I stop at Starbucks for an Iced Coffee
…which if I’m lucky, is free a couple times a week. That’s what happens when you get to know your barista!
Breakfast, a couple hours later before my training session:
Some scrambled eggs and turkey sausage, possibly some potatoes or a Lara Bar depending on how hungry I am (that usually depends on how heavy my training was the day before).
I drink a Progenex shake before coaching the noon class.
Lunch, around 2pm:
Lunch might be tacos or Mexican casserole (basically corn tortillas, ground turkey, and vegatables).
Most days I’ll take a nap and then go back in to coach afternoon classes. During this time, I may have a Think Thin Bar and some lunch meat.
Dinner is either a Paleo meal from Everbest Paleo, or a salad with lots meat and vegetables. On weekends, Ben and I love burger restaurants like Farm Burger or Yeah burger, which is where you can find us once or twice every weekend.
If I need a late evening snack, it’s usually a few Glutino cookies, which are gluten free but delicious!
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