As a growing CrossFit box, we are all getting to know each other and building that tight community we always envisioned. Each month, we profile a CrossFit Grail Athlete that is interesting and inspirational. A person that demonstrates a positive attitude, shows up every day and puts their heart and soul into their workout, never gives up, crushes their goals, cheers everyone on and is passionate about the CrossFit Grail Community. And someone who is pretty cool! Although we think everyone has these qualities, we can only pick one.
February 2019 Athlete Spotlight: Jamie Erickson
Why we chose Jamie:
When Jamie started at the Grail, she was set on just doing BootCamp classes. She had tried CrossFit for a short time several years earlier – watch her video to see why it was short-lived!
When we convinced Jamie to start with the Beginner CrossFit classes, we assured her that she would be in good hands with our coaches. She would be trained on all movements on how to use good form to avoid injury before adding weight and intensity. She finally took the plunge
In the last year, we have seen Jamie continue to push herself, get stronger, more confident and crush new personal records. When we ran the statistics for 2018, there was clear winner for the CrossFit Grail Female Rookie of the Year – Jamie Erickson! Here is her story so you can love her as much as we do!
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a Colorado native and I have lived here my whole life! I love Colorado and all it has to offer, plus my whole family lives here! I went to college at CSU and post grad at CU Denver. I have two boys, Brennan (9) and Logan (6). As a family, we enjoy skiing and hiking. Right now, my only personal hobby would be CrossFit. I work at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Learning Specialist. My background is in Special Education and I have worked with students with disabilities for my whole career. My passion and area of expertise is in reading instruction. As a Learning Specialist, I provide reading remediation to children with dyslexia.
How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
I actually did CrossFit about 4 years ago for a few months (Michelle and Eric still consider me a rookie even though they know I have done CrossFit before). I did enjoy it, but my poor squat form resulted in a pretty bad knee injury. My orthopedic doctor said no more running and definitely no more Crossfit. I did some physical therapy and was able to get back to working out, but I did not want to do CrossFit again. I worked out at a gym and had a personal trainer for a while. Then I moved to another CrossFit gym where Itook bootcamp classes. I did that for a year and I loved it, but I had to stop going because of various life circumstances. After I stopped bootcamp, I worked out at home for a year. I hated it! It was lonely and so unmotivating! Then I saw the signs for CrossFit Grail bootcamp classes and I decided to give it a try! I immediately loved it. Michelle and Liz kept telling me to try the CrossFit classes and I was reluctant, but eventually I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it. I have now been doing CrossFit at Grail for a year. I am hooked AND my knees are better than ever!
What did you do for your fitness before CrossFit?
I have done a variety of things. I would run, take bootcamp classes, yoga, Pilates, workout with a trainer, workout videos or workout apps at home. I would do a lot of cardio and not as much weights.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
I love the variety of the workouts. I am never bored and that is key to keeping me going. I also love working out with other people.
How has doing CrossFit changed your life outside of the Box?
I started at Grail following a very difficult year for my family. I knew I needed to get back to doing something for myself and that is why I started at the Grail. I wouldn’t say CrossFit has changed my life, BUT CrossFit at Grail has changed my life! During my year at Grail, my confidence has increased, my mental health is better, and I feel like I am in the best physical shape of my life.
What motivates you to keep WOD-ing?
I am motivated to keep WOD-ing because I see that I have made improvements and I want to keep pushing myself. I am also motivated and inspired by the other members at the gym. It is so inspiring to see everyone working hard and pushing themselves!
My husband and my boys also motivate me to keep going! My husband will encourage me to get up and go to the early morning classes even when I do not want to go. My boys always ask how my workout was for the day and they see that I enjoy working out. I hope to be a good role model of health and fitness for my boys.
What are your 3 favorite CrossFit movements?
1. Box jump overs (cardio)
2. Power cleans (lifting)
3. Pull ups (gymnastics)
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
This is tough to answer. Probably getting my Master’s degree while working full time as a teacher and being recognized by my professors with the Outstanding Graduate award.
What is YOUR QUEST?
This month: Double-unders!
This year: Butterfly pull ups, muscle-ups, run some 5K races, participate in the Open and not have so much anxiety about it!
This lifetime: My goals are for my husband and I to live a healthy life and to raise our boys to be healthy, happy, kind, successful men! I also want to travel more! I eventually want to write books, both Children’s books and a book about my personal journey and experiences as a mom and wife.