We’re turning the spotlight on Lauren Manns-Clegg this month — athlete, mom, wife, attorney and all-around badass!
What was your first impression? How has that changed?
First impression of CFSA was that it was super busy and full of people, but somehow everyone seemed to know each other. I came from a much smaller gym, so it was surprising that the community was so strong at CFSA despite its size.
I don’t think my impression has changed all that much! I have moved houses and changed jobs, taking me farther away from Crystal/Pentagon City, but I have never found another CrossFit home. I love knowing that every work out includes hanging out with solid people and sharing some laughs.
What was your first “bright spot”?
This is hard! My first full rope climb (plus high fives from Coach Conor) and the first time I put three toes-to-bar together (plus back slaps from Adam Deitch and Rishi N…) were proud moments. I remember Sarah Stars asking if I wanted to be her partner and I was pretty proud of that too 😉 I will never forget a hug Siddharth Sawkar gave me when I was going through a hard time. I think every single member of CFSA gave me love and encouragement last year while I was working out pregnant… no matter how sluggish I felt, everyone made me feel like I crushed it in the gym that day 🙂
What’s your favorite CFSA memory?
I have many good memories at CFSA, but my favorite might be when Rishi N….and I did half Kalsu together during a noon class. After we were done I understood why no one else showed up that day–it was a grind! Rishi absolutely killed it, even though the only person he was competing against was a pregnant lady trying to do a hero workout in the August heat. I think Coach Bobby was proud of us too, and that’s always a good feeling! There was also a night at the Phillips’ household that involved flambongos that was pretty epic. We need to bring that back for the 2018 Open 🙂
What are you working on now?
I am about four months postpartum so I’m working on establishing a strong foundation again, especially in my trunk. I realize now that so much of what we do in CrossFit requires a strong trunk (it is trunk, not “core,” right Coach Bobby?)! I have a few more weeks of specialized programming and then I’m hoping to start building strength and performing gymnastics again. Doing CrossFit during my pregnancy really helped me to bounce back well, but there is still some hard work to do!