Amanda usually walks into the box very quietly, but don’t let her calm demeanor fool you! She is an incredibly hardworking and dedicated individual, having made amazing progress in her time at Fringe. It was the nutrition challenge in early 2015 that really drove home this point to coaches and members alike; her physical changes were impressive and so were the improvements in her baseline workouts. She ended up tied for the overall most successful participant! Her consistency and drive are matched by few in the Fringe community. For these reasons, as well as many others, we are proud to call Amanda Brummet the CrossFitter of the Month.
How long have you been attending CrossFit Fringe, and what brought you here?
I will have been a part of Fringe for 2 years in January. After getting married, I thought I’d be okay with putting on a little extra weight but quickly decided that was a bad idea. So after looking around, I decided to join a CrossFit gym in Northern California and was there for about a year. When we moved back to the Midwest, I knew I wanted to continue doing CrossFit. Once we moved to Columbia, I tried Fringe’s free class and knew it was the right fit for me!
Since starting at CrossFit Fringe, what has changed about your lifestyle or outlook on life?
I never ever thought of myself as an athlete before, I never did any sports during high school. If you had told me three years ago that I would have done four 5ks, two 5k mud runs, and completed the Tough Mudder twice I would have told you that’s crazy! I also never could keep myself coming to the gym on a regular basis before CrossFit.
Crossfit Fringe has given me so much confidence in myself and allowed me the ability to do so many things that I never thought were possible before. I love being healthier, stronger and seeing fitness as part of my lifestyle now.
That’s a hard question but I enjoy back squatting and workouts that incorporate some cardio into them. I also like working on the gymnastic skills even though I’m not very good at any of the movements. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to do handstand walks among many other moves that still sound like a dream if I am ever able to do them. Muscle ups, I’m looking at you..
What has been the most challenging part of your journey with CrossFit?
When I first began, just figuring out the meaning of all the Olympic style lifts was so challenging! Then once it finally started to not seem like a foreign language, I started to put more time into doing all the lifts correctly. I still struggle with this but I have come a long ways from where I started.
Another challenging thing for me is breaking old PRs. When I get close to lifting my old PR, I always get nervous and get a mental block that I won’t be able to do more weight. I am working on getting over that but it is hard!!
What do you enjoy most about CrossFit/CrossFit Fringe?
I really enjoy working with our great coaches at Crossfit Fringe, they are always there to make sure I’m doing things correctly and helping me do movements better and more efficiently. The atmosphere and encouragement from fellow CrossFitters is also always great here!
What do you like to do outside the gym?
My husband and I have four acres with a barn so I enjoy spending time going horseback riding when we can fit it in. We also have a rather large assortment of chickens, I am considered a “crazy chicken lady” to many of my friends and family!
While living in Northern California, my husband and I developed a passion for wine tasting. We were only 30 minutes away from Napa so it was hard to resist! The wine here in Missouri does not really compare, so we still get shipments from a few of our favorite wineries throughout the year. We now tend to find ourselves at more of the local breweries here in Columbia. 😉
Soon I will be spending most of my time (hopefully still be able to fit CrossFit in!) working at our new dog boarding and daycare facility – Creekside Pet Center. We opened November 7th.