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Featured CrossFit Preferred Athlete – Cassandra Rudder

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Featured CrossFit Preferred Athlete – Cassandra Rudder

If you know Cass you know she always has a smile on her face. Cass started at our gym almost a year ago and was a little resistant to jump right in. But now she participated in the CrossFit Open, has a goal to be a part of the Committed Club each month and has referred her two best friends Megan Hammond and Danielle Applebach to CrossFit Preferred. We took some time to ask Cass some questions and here is what she said.

Why do you train at CrossFit Preferred? 

I train at CrossFit preferred because of the community, and because of the coaches. I truly feel like ALL the coaches have my best interest at heart. They not only want to push me to new limits while working out, but more importantly want to keep me safe in my movements and technique; which is something that’s really important to me. 

What were you most afraid of when you joined our gym? 

I was afraid I would look stupid or feel insecure. I was also afraid that I would be the only one who didn’t know what they were doing and always feel like “the new kid.” It’s funny to look back at these fears now and realize how ridiculous they are. Even from my on-ramp classes with Megan I instantly felt welcome and that I could, in fact, do the workouts like everyone else. 

What were your goals when you first started? 

When I first started I wanted to shed baby weight and generally feel better. But it took Mike a good 4 months of begging me to go before I decided to give it a try. 

What are your goals now? 

Feeling my best will always be a goal of mine. But now after going for almost a year, I just want to keep getting stronger! I always thought weight lifting was only for men and thought it was weird when women were interested in that type of workout. Now I understand the huge improvements its brought into my life and overall health. 

How has your focus on nutrition helped you? 

I can’t believe how much better I feel on a daily basis. I got so used to eating terrible and didn’t even realize I didn’t have to feel sluggish and tired throughout the day. I’m also proud that a focus on nutrition has blended into my family and what we eat at home. I’m excited to show my son how to fuel his body with food that can improve his life. 

Has your strength improved? If so how? 

YES! My husband used to make fun of how weak I used to be. I legitimately wouldn’t be able to lift a pot of pasta off of the stove…. To think that I can now back squat over 100 pounds is pretty hilarious and exciting. 

Has it helped your mindset? 

Absolutely. I used to DREAD going to the gym,  not just CrossFit but any gym. The thought of shifting how I ate was daunting and unobtainable. But once I realized I don’t have to be the best at those things right away, my mindset changed. I can just chip away at small goals one day at a time and I’ll see dramatic changes over time. 

What is your favorite part of the gym? 

Feeling strong and starting my day off in a great way with great people! I never regret working out, but will often regret or feel sad if I don’t go; because I genuinely miss it! I love seeing people hit a PR or reach new goals, it’s so motivating to see change in other people. 

We love having her a part of our CrossFit Preferred Family. It has been so fun seeing her learn and get stronger everyday! Nice job Cass.