Featured Athlete: Catie Whitehead
My name is Catie Whitehead, I am 36 years old. I was born and raised in Orange, Texas and a graduate of LCM. Through high school I participated in track, throwing the discus, where I hold the 20AAAA women’s record, as well as the school’s record, and spent a lot of time in the weight room. After high school, I attended Lamar University, and lost track of my fitness pursuits. Fast forward nearly 20 years, I am a happily married mother of two, an educator, and LAZY.
A friend of mine, who has been a long time member of CrossFit Mid-County, had been trying to convince me to attend a class, but I thought it would be an impossible attempt for me. I had excuse after excuse and thought the idea of CrossFit was absurd. But, by May of 2018, weighing 296 pounds, I struggled to go up a flight of stairs to get to my office. My knees couldn’t handle the steps, and I would become easily winded. I knew I HAD to make a change. I started with cutting sugar, reducing carbs from my diet, and cutting back on eating out. After losing the initial 20 pounds on diet alone, I decided to bite the bullet and attend a free Saturday class. It kicked my butt, but Sean was extremely helpful and showed me specifically what I should do at my ability level and limited range of motion. After that class, I signed up and scheduled my on-ramp. Throughout the on-ramp, Sean gave some nutritional advice, as well as some exercises to increase mobility in my knees. Day 2, Heather made certain that the movements we worked through were not causing too much strain, but that I still pushed myself to keep trying harder to either get into a squat or a lunge, and urged me to keep trying and practicing.
So, here I am now, 7 months later, weighing in at 215 pounds, and running up the stairs without a hiccup. My range of motion has improved tremendously, and I am making certain I get to CFL a minimum of 4 days a week. I am getting pretty close to my high school back squat PR, too! The camaraderie among the athletes and coaches is an amazing dynamic that is a huge part of why I continue to attend CFL classes on a regular basis, and find success. My kids now have a mom that can play and ride bikes with them, and I am beyond grateful to those members and coaches for helping me get here.