We have recently seen and heard of a movement to redefine the phrase “like a girl” into a positive and empowering meaning, our Female Athlete of the Month, Laura Bangert, does just that! Laura, has never let the fact she is a girl stop her from doing anything or walking through the doors of Crossfit 619. Aside from dance classes, Laura was never a part of a sports team, that is, until she decided to prove her husband wrong. Crossfit is a sport that many of her friends and family did not expect Laura to be a part of and one that she quickly grew passionate about.
Laura’s focus and dedication to master each movement is astounding. She’s constantly trying to reach new Personal Records and strives to be proficient in all aspects of Crossfit. The energy she brings to the 5:00 a.m. class is infectious and the class would not be the same without her. Laura is a big supporter of the Crossfit619 Team/Family and you can catch her cheering on the athletes at various competitions.
Laura did not let her fear of being turned away stop her from starting Crossfit and her dedication towards the sport has shaped her in the amazing Crossfitter she is today. She is an inspiration to the many girls, ladies, and women whose athletic abilities are questioned and we are very proud to have her in the Crossfit619 Family.
Please congratulate Laura when you see her and take some time to get know a little more about this extraordinary woman! Don’t forget to leave some love notes in the comments section.
How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I live down the road from 619 and drive by it on my way to work. One night my husband and I were watching the Crossfit Games and I told him I’d like to try it. He laughed a little and that was all the encouragement I needed. I called 619 and scheduled a beginners appointment. That was 2 1/2 years ago, I was quickly addicted and, now, I’m so glad I felt the need to prove my husband wrong.
What was your first WOD/experience?
My first real WOD was Kelly. I’d only been at crossfit for a couple weeks and, at that point, EVERYTHING was sore!
How long have you been CrossFitting for?
My cross fit experience began October 18, 2011, two years and 8 months. Wow!
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Staying dedicated to crossfit and not giving up. Prior to 619, I never thought my body was capable of doing this. Every day is a challenge and every day I am amazed at what I accomplished. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, learning how to double-under! That was a huge accomplishment too.
What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?
I have two favorites: toes to bar and hand stand push-ups. My least favorite is kettle bell swings.
Which is your favorite Nasty Girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)
I like Cindy, she’s much nicer than Helen.
What do you do for a profession outside of Crossfit?
I am a Business Financial Manager.