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September Member of the Month - Sarah Bentolila

The single most inspiring thing I've seen at CFNP was watching Sarah break down during a WOD. Hear me out: she was about 2 months into her CrossFit career and wanted to compete with the other athletes. We were doing "Lucy" that day (5 rounds of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 400m run). She was trying to keep up, but the other athletes lapped her by their third round. At that point, Sarah broke down in tears, but that was the only part of her that broke. Despite being upset and frustrated, she never slowed down. She kept pushing through the workout rep-by-rep and meter-by-meter as hard as she could. Even in her darkest moments, she found a fire. She's held on to that never-quit attitude ever since and her gains have skyrocketed as a result. Read more about Sarah in her own words:

How long have you been CrossFitting? Just about 1 year this month!

What made you try CrossFit?

My husband started, because he needed something to help him get out of bed and off the couch. He found CFNP offered 6 am classes and started going. He was so excited each time when coming back home that I decided to go check it out. After one class, I was hooked.

What has been your biggest accomplishment while at CFNP? I have to say, my constant posting about Crossfit has officially inspired 6 of my friends, across the world, to start exercising again. Some of them started Crossfit. Among them, 4 women now are proud of their 6 packs, and post videos of themselves doing pull-ups and rope climbs, and publicly shut-up men who say muscles don't belong on women. They all say I was their inspiration to own their fitness and that means the world to me. I am contributing to Girl Power!

What’s the best thing(s) about CFNP? I love the community beyond words. I feel like I finally found a welcoming positive and inclusive group of people who kick my butt with a smile.

Which class time do you most commonly attend? 6am is what I prefer, sunrise in the winter, cool air in the summer. Though recently I have been attending more 9am classes and they rock too!

Any interest in competing? Definitely yes. When I started I would never have thought I was interested or able, and now I think it would be a lot of fun. Do you use CrossFit to train for anything in particular? Not really. I train my mindset and it translates to everything else!

What keeps you motivated? Gains!!!! I witness week after week my fitness getting better, I run faster, lift heavier, unlock skills previously totally unknown to me... Everyone around me is improving and getting fitter and happier. Crossfit simply keeps me sane and now I cannot function without it.

How has CrossFit changed your life? Wow, I don't know that I have words for this. I come from zero athletic background, just the non-competitive and introspective yoga. Yet when I started I was still struggling with body image issues, and a lot of negative self talk. Through training and community support, I have built so much self confidence... I have never felt so strong, happy and at peace. I feel like a total badass now, even when I am at the bottom of the leaderboard, which still happens a lot. I just don't care anymore about what I look like or even how well I perform, rather I feel powerful and draw my sense of accomplishment from knowing I gave my best effort. As long as I try hard, I'm doing it right. CrossFit has showed me how hard I am able to push, how much stronger and durable I was compared to what I thought. My coach's words still echo everyday : "when your body tells you it's tired, tell it to shut up". My mind wants to quit before my body does, and now I know the difference. At CrossFit and in all aspects of life, I can push harder than ever.

What has been your favorite workout and why? I guess Open workout 18.2, because I got to play with heavy dumbbells, and I also accidentally PRd my clean by using a men's bar rather than a women's bar.

What is your favorite cheat item? Half my meals are cheat meals... I guess I really like In-N-Out!

What is your favorite activity to do outside the gym? Yoga! and Hiking in nature

Do you have any advice for someone on the fence about trying CrossFit or joining CFNP? Don't be a wuss and just try. If I can do it, so can you!

Anything I missed that you would like to share? Just a huge thank you to everyone at CFNP. Coaches and members, you all rock!

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