July 19, 2021 Jacob Watts

Our July 2021 Member Spotlight goes to….

Melissa Baysinger!!

Melissa has been a member at Uncommon since July 2016!  She is consistent and eager and has even brought along her husband as a member now!  We are so glad you (and your husband) are a part of the Uncommon family!  We’re especially excited to highlight her on her 5th year anniversary for our member spotlight!
Q1: What do you do for a living?

I’m an engineer at Caterpillar, which is not something I thought 20 years ago I would say.

Q2: How did you get into Crossfit?

I was impressed by the arm muscles of a coworker (Brenna.) I didn’t really know much about CrossFit 5 years ago, but I was looking to get in better shape and if I could get arms like that, I was all in!

Q3: What is your favorite CF movement? Why?

My favorite CrossFit movement is probably the clean or thruster. It’s just so cool to see people move a barbell really fast – mine are always a work in progress!

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

The bike is probably my least favorite – I have not become one with it yet. Maybe one day it won’t make my lungs and legs burn quite so much? One can hope…

Q5: What do you like most about Uncommon?

Everything. Coaches, programming, the community. Since I finished running in high school 23 years ago, this is the only type of fitness that I have done consistently…and it’s been 5 years now! I love coming to Uncommon each time. I really don’t think there has ever been a day when I didn’t want to show up.

Q6: What have you learned most about yourselves in the time that you have been members at Uncommon?
I have realized that fitness for me has always been about the community and social aspects and being part of something bigger than myself. I had that in high school with the cross country and track teams. That’s what was missing for 18 years until I found Uncommon! I have also learned the importance of having a safe space to fail. Failure is an amazing teacher, and I have never felt like I had a safe environment at work, or anywhere else for that matter, to fail. For someone who operates based on fear of failure, this has been huge. I love trying new things here because I know people will help and teach me and not look down on me when I’m slow to pick it up.
Q7: What are your guilty pleasures?

I still like sugar a little too much. I also love watching M*A*S*H.

Q8: How do you like to spend time together outside of the gym?

Outside of the gym, I love spending time with my family – especially watching my kids do what they love. I’m trying to sleep more, scroll FB less, and figure out a way to work less too!

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