October Female Athlete Spotlight - Emily Hensley

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When did you start Crossfitting? Who/what got you started?My CrossFitting journey began in May of 2013 when I was approached by a man in Westport who persuasively described his love of CrossFit. I knew it was a pick up line but I totally bought it. After a couple drinks and some light conversation, the sport started to sound fun. That same weekend I dove head first into the world of CrossFit, starting with Sky’s Limits on-ramp program. What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?Any WOD that combines all of my favorite movements is perfect for me. Ant made me a special birthday WOD this year filled with thrusters, cleans and double-unders. On the other end, my least favorite WOD is Karen because 150 wall balls is just too many.

Tell us a little about yourself (Family, jobs, sports interests, etc)The cute little guy most of you have probably seen with his headphones and an iPad in hand is my little guy, Leo. He makes being a mom easy (most of the time.) Not only am I raising my son but I have an amazing job as an art teacher at Blue Valley North High School. I get paid to be creative and teach kiddos to tap into their creative side. My parents, Leo and I spend a lot of time together on the weekends. Besides my family, CF913 peeps have become my best friends. What was your workout routine before CrossFit?Before I discovered the beauty that is CrossFit, I was an avid runner. I used to run 25 miles a week and competed in various KC running events. Not going to lie…I hate it now.What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?I remember feeling MISERABLE after my first workout and to be honest, I was pretty self-conscious. I was afraid that other people in the gym were watching and judging me. Quickly, I learned that nobody was watching me, we were all dying together. When all was said and done, I was excited that I didn’t die and ready to go back.What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of these goals?When I started CrossFit, I remember seeing some of the other veteran girls and being super impressed with their strong bodies. I knew that I too wanted to look, feel and BE strong too. Now that I have achieved all those things, I hope that I also inspire other athletes.

How has CrossFit affected my life outside of the gym?I have made the most amazing friends because of CrossFit. Not only has CF913 given me a new family but my body is capable to do so many awesome things. I can move my own furniture, bring all of the groceries in from my car on my own, and overall, my anxiety is a lot lower. Working out is great for mental health.Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?Two years ago, I had Peter Rudd in my ear, helping me through a workout. It was 18.2 with DB squats and bar facing burpees followed by a one rep max clean workout. Pretty quickly, I ended up finishing the workout and PR-ing my clean at 160. The atmosphere in the gym was incredible and I felt like a total badass. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913?It is super intimidating walking into a gym for the first time. Everyone is running around and doing amazing things with their bodies you didn’t think were possible. Seeing all of that can be a little discouraging but don’t be afraid to ask for help. All of our coaches are super knowledgeable. Trust me, nobody is watching you and judging you. Everyone is sweating it out together. Something you might know about me?CrossFit has taught me how to do a B&E (breaking and entering). I used to live in a two story apartment building downtown and one night I ended up locking myself out. With my CF skills, I climbed up the building, scaled over a balcony and broke into my window. All these skills, I learned from CrossFit. Although B&E is usually illegal, this time it wasn’t.

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