April 16, 2021 Jacob Watts

Our April 2021 Member Spotlight goes to….

Mary Terrell!!

Mary has been a member at Uncommon since September 2018!!  When we think of the words “grit” and “dedication,” she’s someone we think of immediately! We are glad to highlight her in our member spotlight!
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Q1: What do you do for a living?

Stay at home mom to two kiddos with an online coaching business on the side.

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Q2: How did you get into Crossfit?

I told my husband for months before we moved that I wanted to start CrossFit once we got to our next station. At that point I had been lifting seriously since college, competed in a few figure competitions, and had worked a personal and athletic trainer for a few years. I needed a change and knew CrossFit was the answer. It just so happened there was a community WOD happening the week we moved in to town. The rest is history!

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Q3: What is your favorite CF movement? Why?

I have a lot I love! Dumbbell snatches are probably my favorite. They’re a fun movement I feel efficient and powerful doing, so I love doing them!

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Q4: What is your least favorite CF movement? Why?

Dumbbell split jerks because they’re awkward.

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Q5. What do you like most about Uncommon?
The community is unbeatable. We were treated like family from day one and I’ve made some of the strongest friendships at Uncommon that I know will last a lifetime! Second is the knowledge the coaches have around proper lifting and programming. I love the fact I can go into the gym and leave having learned something new every day.
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Q6: What have you learned most about yourself in the time that you have been a member at Uncommon?

So much! I would say the biggest was learning that I can go a lot further, and have a lot more fun in the process, if I allow myself to be a beginner and embrace being bad at something for long enough to be good at it. Even though I had a solid weightlifting foundation before starting at Uncommon, CrossFit is an entirely different game and 90% of the movements we do on a daily basis were brand new to me. I went from being an ‘expert’ in one environment (and feeling like I had to protect that image as a personal trainer)…to being a beginner in many ways. That wasn’t an easy transition to make.

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I used to hate partner workouts because I felt like I was going to slow people down, would get frustrated during workouts that had skills I didn’t yet have, and only felt comfortable practicing skills in private because I didn’t want any attention if I “failed” or looked messy.

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My biggest advancements in CrossFit have come from letting go of any ego, allowing myself to be a student, taking critique, and having the patience to go through 100 failed and messy attempts before finally nailing something.

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And most importantly, learning it’s safe to not only let people see the vulnerable sides of me, but to actually invite them in because they most likely have some value that’s going to help in some way.

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I’m working on carrying these lessons out of the gym, too. It’s a process. 🙂

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Q7: What are your guilty pleasures?

I’m a Millennial that loves TikTok and I’m not ashamed. Those videos are hilarious.

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Q8:  How do you like to spend time outside of the gym?
Getting outside. Our toddlers have a lot of energy to burn! We love going for walks every evening and going to the park at least once on the weekends.

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