August Female Athlete Spotlight - Summer Ziggas

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When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started?Eight years ago in downtown KC, a work friend shared his astonishing before-and-after CrossFit photos online, and I was like, oh snap. I have to GOT to get my act together and try this. After we moved to Overland Park, I joined the outstanding KC Athletic Club crowd in 2014, and am grateful for it every day! What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?Fav: I generally love everything Ant cooks up to torment us, and I positively adore any WOD with a barbell. There’s something so gratifying about tossing those weights around (from below the waist if it’s a 15lb plate or less, of course!) Least Fav: WODs with running because I’m glacially slow. Positive note? I can actually kind of run a little bit now! I couldn’t have run 800m this time last year without falling on my face on the sidewalk (which I have totally done, btw.)What is your favorite/least favorite movement?Fav: Back squats! They always make me feel like a boss.Least Fav: All. The. Double. Unders. O.M.G. Hate.

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)I live in a veritable sea of handsome dudes: My brilliant husband Dan, our three hilarious sons, Henry, Hugh, and Nicholas, and our majestic cat, Beastmaster. Our lives are unadulterated chaos, but we always find a way to laugh our way through it! For the last 11 years, I’ve worked with the most fantastic people at a cybersecurity solutions integrator where I lead a team of expert contract writers for our consulting services. Hobbies include watching tv with the husbeast (preferably action, sci-fi, or superheroes), song-and-dance parties in my kitchen, shopping, making objectively terrible art, and dabbling in entomology. What was your workout routine before CrossFit?Elliptical, circuit training, drinking too much beer, shoveling pizza into my face like I was trying for AMRAP, and wondering bewilderedly why I gained 20lbs. What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?My first WOD was Cindy. A deceptive beauty who lured me in with her straightforward simplicity. But my poor, weak, body-by-Coors-Light was unprepared for the sneak attack that is a “Girls” benchmark workout. I was sore in places I thought literally couldn’t GET sore. It was a real wakeup call on how much work I really had to do to get into actual shape.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?To get stronger and take better care of my health. And for the record, I am totally in better shape in my late 30s than I ever was in my 20s! Even after three babies, I look better now that I did then. You’re welcome, folks at the neighborhood pool. Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?Without question, CrossFit makes me a better human being. I feel better, I sleep better, and I’m more patient and positive throughout my day when I work out at KC Athletic Club. CrossFit is my main source of stress relief, and taking that hour for self-care is essential to my well-being. Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?I struggle (as so many of us do) to stay present; there’s so much room for constant distraction and it’s easy to let my thoughts run wild and worry for no good reason. Something exceptional about our workouts is that each one ends in an intense recovery period that essentially forces you to be completely present in your own body. Getting to experience those moments so regularly has been wonderful for my mental health! What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913?Stick with it! Yes, it’s hard work. Yes, it takes time and practice. But you CAN do this. Our exceptional coaches will help you through your personal considerations and enable you to realize a stronger, tougher, better you. Plus, the people you’ll meet are truly some of the best on the planet.Something you might not know about me is?I’m responsible for the little pop tab collection sitting above the recycling bin in the gym. I was an Alpha Delta Pi, and the Ronald McDonald House charity is near and dear to my heart. Please remember to toss those FitAid tabs in there so we can help support the families at RMH!

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