Coach Spotlight – January 2019

MANDIE WINTERS

My husband, Brian and I are originally from Columbia, SC. We met when I was 17 years old in high school. He was already stationed at Ft. Bragg. Brian has been at Bragg for almost 15 years. I moved to Fayetteville in 2009 to pursue our relationship and we were married in 2010 so I have been in NC for almost 10 years now. We have two children, Abigail, who is 7 and Kellen, who is 4.

I was a cheerleader in middle school and my first two years of high school but my last two years of high school I was very inactive and stayed that way until about 2014. I originally started my fitness journey because I was a new mom of 2 children and I honestly was not comfortable in my body after birthing two babies. I wanted to feel better about my body and feel more confident in my skin. I originally started at home workouts using Jillian Micheals DVDs and P90X3-yes I totally did 🙈. Everyone has to start somewhere. I could not even do push ups or pull ups when I originally started but I kept to my home workout regime and started implementing “clean eating”. After some research and seeing the results other people were able to achieve by cleaning up their diet and eating whole nutritious foods I had to try it myself. At that point I honestly wanted nothing to do with CrossFit. I had a couple of friends that CrossFit and I decided that in no way CrossFit was for me. After a year of home workouts I started to get bored and I had some very persistent friends(Thanks Shelia and Morgan!) so I decided to try a community wod at 611. I was so intimidated and nervous walking in but 611 has been filled with some amazing people so Aly, Zac, Cam and Ashley made me feel right at home and after that wod I was in love with 611 and CrossFit.

When I am not at the gym I honestly just like to enjoy my time off at home. I feel like the stage of life I am in right now has my schedule so packed and busy. I have really enjoyed being able to travel this year and I look forward to our kids getting a little older so we can travel more as a family.

My favorite workouts are ones that include a lot of body weight movements. They can be longer or shorter, I enjoy both time domains. I just prefer body weight movements because I am better at them than anything with weight.

My favorite thing about being a trainer is watching my clients and members at 611 achieve their goals. There is no better feeling than watching someone get their first pull up or handstand push or hit a PR on a back squat or nail their nutrition goals and start to feel more confident.

My favorite thing about 611 are the people-the community. Becky and Shawn put so much hard work into 611 and it completely shows. 611 shows support and love to everyone that walks through the door. I have grown so much in the last few years not only as an athlete and a coach but as a wife and mother because of 611 and the people it has brought into my life.

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