It is seriously about time that we recognize this special lady. She has been a member of the Stronghold family for a very long time and is by far one of the most faithful, motivated, and hardworking individuals to grace us with her presence. She is notorious for bargaining for less work… or TRYING to bargain, rather. She rarely gets her way, but even if she did she’d opt for doing more work anyway. She’s interesting like that.
Michelle is always game for some sort of community challenge or competition and she is often the last one standing when others quit. I can think of several challenges: 30 day squat challenge, paleo challenge, misc nutrition challenge, etc. etc. that she saw through to the end when everyone else fell off.
Michelle’s determination and dedication are inspiring. When she first came in, she couldn’t squat without falling over. This went on for weeks, but she kept at it. When we finally got that sorted, we realized she couldn’t even set up for a deadlift without falling over. Again, she kept at it. She will disagree with me but she is one of the best movers in the gym. She still gets a little frustrated because there are a few goals that continue to elude her, but what sets her apart is that no matter what, she keeps pushing, and working, and trying… and with a smile on her face.
She will probably hate me for “being outted” as she’ll probably describe this, but she’s stayed back behind the scenes and “unnoticed” for long enough. We wouldn’t be the same without her and this small bit of recognition is long over due.
Please join me in honoring CrossFit Stronghold’s August 2015 Athlete of the Month: Michelle Elliott.
– Coach Ray