There is no doubt that Anna is the most accomplished athlete that I've ever had the pleasure of working out with. Before joining CrossFit Mt. Lebanon I knew of Anna's accomplishments as an Olympic Gold Medalist and a CrossFit Games Competitor. The first time I met her, I really wanted to make a good impression. She was coaching one of my first classes and asked to see my overhead squat before we started the workout. I nearly fell over backwards trying to perform the movement.
I felt embarrassed, but Anna simply told me not to worry, that I could do front squats for the workout and that we would work on my overhead squat. We did work on my overhead squat, and now I can perform them easily.
It may have seemed like a simple gesture at the time, but Anna's words made me feel like I could succeed at CrossFit and that is probably a big reason I stuck with it. Anna believed in me doing CrossFit before I believed I could do it.
In addition, to being an elite athlete, she is a coach who is often seen encouraging and mentoring everyone who walks through the doors at CrossFit Mt. Lebanon. When she is not completing her own workout, she is often found coaching other athletes. And even when she is working out, she's often cheering on others, as soon as she is done.
Since Anna has had such a positive influence on me, I wanted to ask her a few fitness related questions.
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.