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Athlete of the Month – Ashley Albert

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CrossFit Palm Beach Athlete of the Month
– About Ashley –
She turned 39 this May and has been married to her Better Half Battle partner for 12 years, together for 20. They have 2 children ages 6 and 4. Ashley says her job is “to keep them alive and run the household”.  You can find her in the later morning classes or early evening. She jumps all over the schedule to get her workouts in where she can!


What’s something about you that others may 
not know about you?  Any special talents, hobbies, or interest
I like to dance but I’m pretty shy so it usually only happens in my living room. I do, however, seem to lunge or jump or burpee in time to the music.
What do you like to do outside the gym?  
My outside-the-gym time is usually reserved for kids activities andplaydates (which are often an excuse for mommy playdates with friends)

When did you start CrossFit?  Why did you decide to join CrossFit at that time?  What do you remember most about when you first started?
I started Crossfit 2.5 years ago. My husband was getting into it and I wanted to understand this weird new language he was speaking. We also wanted to have something fun we could do together. The thing I remember most is how encouraging everyone was.


The belief I’ve adopted that has impacted me most is the “be comfortable with being uncomfortable” mentality. Fear of failure, and even success, used to paralyze me. But I now get excited to try something new both in and outside the gym. Now I enjoy the learning process complete with peaks and valleys, knowing that they all contribute to growth.
What has been your most memorable workout?
I would say Murph. I’ve done it twice, both times going into it skeptical I could even finish. Both times surprising myself that I not only finished but had so much fun suffering through that finish line.
Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Neh 8:10
Today I choose joy.
Have you had any setbacks since starting CrossFit, what have you done to overcome them?
 Getting sick has me set back a few times. I used to try to push through it but I’ve learned to rest, eat and go easy at the gym so my body can heal.
What is the most worthwhile investment you have made since starting CF (this could be CF related or just personal)
Committing to moving and sweating in some way every day.
What do you do on days when you don’t “feel” like going to the gym, what keeps you motivated?
My kids obviously motivate me. I love when my 4 year old demonstrates her best toes to bar or my 6 year old is proud of lifting a kettle bell heavier than himself.  But having a routine helps keeps me on track. I don’t have time to entertain feelings of not wanting to go to the gym when it’s part of the daily routine. Just get there (“just show up”), and the hardest part is done. 
What do you love most about CrossFit Palm Beach? 
You hear this answer all the time because it’s so true, the greatest part of CFPB is the people. There’s a positive, inclusive and encouraging energy from both coaches and athletes of all ages and abilities. 
The coaching is particularly amazing. The knowledge, genuine care and attention to detail affect not only the hour inside the gym but aspects of every day life as well. Y’all offer so much to grow us. You want to improve our squat, yes, but you also want us to twist and expand and improve ourselves as humans in this world as well.
What have you become better at saying NO to? 
Weekday Wine!