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 619 San Diego Personal Training. Aside from dance classes, Laura was never a part of a sports team, that is, until she decided to prove her husband wrong. 619 San Diego Personal Trainingis 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. 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 619 San Diego Personal Training 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 and her dedication towards the sport has shaped her into the amazing athlete 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 619 San Diego Personal Training 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 619 San Diego Personal Training?
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 619 San Diego Personal TrainingGames 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 619 San Diego Personal Trainingfor a couple weeks and, at that point, EVERYTHING was sore!
How long have you been 619 San Diego Personal Training for?
My cross fit experience began October 18, 2011, two years and 8 months. Wow!
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Staying dedicated to 619 San Diego Personal Trainingand 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.)
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow outer leaves. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more kosher salt and serve immediately.