Ellen Shaw, CrossFit TTG April 2018 Athlete of the Month!
- What made you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit because I wanted to lose weight and get in shape. I was tired of feeling like crap about myself. I had a membership at Planet Fitness and was super unmotivated to go and workout by myself.
- What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Some of my closest friends already know this, but I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes back in 2013. Type 1 diabetes is a FULL TIME JOB with no days off. Since starting CrossFit I have become more aware of what’s going on with my body and what it’s telling me. I am always happy to educate people on this disease, so if you have any questions feel free to ask!
Something else most people don’t know is that I grew up competitively riding horses up until about 3 years ago. Before having to put riding on the back burner for a little while I earned my USDF bronze medal which was an amazing life achievement.
- What is your one favorite and least favorite movement in CrossFit?
Double unders, power cleans, pull ups, and running(more than 400 meters)
Inch worms, wall walks, and thrusters!!!
- What is your ultimate cheat meal?
Before being diagnosed with T1D my ultimate cheat meal was a plate of spaghetti and meatballs and some kind of delicious ice cream.
Now I splurge with extra cheese and double meat at Chipotle for a cheat meal!
- Since starting CrossFit, What is your biggest/proudest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment since starting at TTG would have to be getting pull ups. And then stringing together sets of 5-6 pull ups. I tried for so long and thought I would never be able to graduate from a purple band. 2 years later here I am.