It’s been an incredible year at CFP and RISE Charlotte!! Our athletes are the very best…you show up dark and early, late night, in the rain, in the cold, in the heat. No excuses and your dedication and consistency pay off!! While there are SO many of our athletes that deserve celebrating, we’re excited to end the year on a high note and show out these 2 amazing ladies!
— Jackie Cansler — and — Alyssa Carlson —
These 2 women have made leaps and bounds in the gym this year! They show up, put in the work i n the gym AND out of the gym (ie – what they’re eating), and they don’t make excuses. Read more about each of these awesome ladies below, be sure to look for them on the leaderboard and tell them congrats next time you see them!!
Jackie just celebrated her 5 year anniversary with CrossFit Pineville! She and her husband, Jason, are both members and they have an adorable 1 1/2 year old son, Jaxon! This past year Jackie was finding her new normal in the gym, starting 2019 about 6 months postpartum. She has worked with The Fuel Method to fuel her body for her goals!! Not only has she lost all the baby weight and is down to her “wedding weight”, she’s getting stronger, hitting new lifetime PR lifts, getting her bar muscle ups back and topping the whiteboard! Congrats on an amazing year!! We’re so proud of your hard work and are excited to see where 2020 takes you!
- Tell us about yourself in a few sentences. I’m not originally from Charlotte, I grew up in a town on the other side of Raleigh called Clayton. I moved out here after college (ECU) because my family moved here. I work at a school as a Literacy Coach. I’ve been married 3 years to my husband Jason and we have an almost 18 mo old, Jaxon. This is my 6th year doing CrossFit, 5 years here at CFP.
- What is your proudest moment in CrossFit? Can’t think of an exact moment, but I’m pretty proud of sticking with CrossFit my whole pregnancy (thanks to a lot of modifications)! My last workout before having Jaxon was over 40 weeks along (4 days before he was born).
- What is your favorite CrossFit exercise? Anything with legs; squats, thrusters, wall balls. I’m definitely stronger with my lower body than my upper body.
- What CrossFit exercise do you like least? Strict handstand push ups and that’s just because I can’t use my legs at all and they are so hard for me.
- What would you tell someone considering trying CrossFit? You can modify anything and don’t be scared to do so!
Alyssa has been a CFP member for 2 1/2 years!! When she first joined, she was battling some plantar fasciitis and was looking for a change in her workout routine. I think it’s safe to say she found a change she loved! Alyssa has been so dedicated. She’s worked around other injuries – so many ski calories while wearing a boot (remember those good times, Alyssa? 😉 ) or all the lower body work while resting her shoulder. She’s made it a consistent habit to show up and work on her weaknesses and she’s probably the fittest, healthiest and leanest she’s ever been! Incredible!! Way to rock this year, Alyssa! We’re so proud and are excited to see what’s in store for the new year ahead!
- Tell us about yourself in a few sentences. By day, I work in Human Capital Practice consulting, but at night (or sometimes 530 am) my favorite thing to do is throw on my sweats, do a WOD, then stay at the box for an extra hour to work on all my weaknesses. I didn’t play sports growing up. I was generally pretty shy, unathletic and I hated to sweat. I would always find a way to be excused from gym class. Now I get excited to check the WOD and look forward to training.
- What is your proudest moment in CrossFit? Finishing my first competition, 65 Roses. I don’t like being in the spotlight and having all eyes on me, so this really took me out of my comfort zone.
- What is your favorite CrossFit exercise? Dumbbell snatch and squat cleans (it’s a tie)
- What CrossFit exercise do you like least? Thrusters
- What would you tell someone considering trying CrossFit? 1 – Anyone can do CrossFit because everything can be modified! 2 – Take a rest day. 3 – Being a scaled athlete Rx is cool too