Athlete Spotlight April 2016 – Ashley Lewis

How long have you been CrossFitting? 
September, 2013
Tell us about yourself… Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Euless, TX. I’ve lived in Texas my entire life. I graduated from UT Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  
What’s your occupation?
I work as a Project Specialist for a biotech company. We develop and manufacture custom peptides, antibodies, DNA, RNA, etc for the scientific research community. We also specialize in paternity/maternity testing which can lead to some pretty interesting conversations with our customers!
How did you hear about CrossFit Luna and why did you decide to join?
I was referred to Luna by a friend at a different box. During my drop in, I could immediately see a huge difference between Luna and other boxes I’ve attended. I first noticed that there is an actual real warm up! All of the members were very friendly and welcoming. The coaches were hands-on with encouragement and were very supportive.
How have you seen yourself change – mentally or physically – since being a part of CrossFit Luna?
Mentally, Luna has instilled that form is more important than adding weight to the bar. I’ve definitely seen myself change physically since becoming a member of Luna. When I first joined Luna, we ran EVERY SINGLE DAY! EVERY-SINGLE-DAY! I don’t mind running now and my running has definitely improved.
What is your favorite exercise?
Heavy power cleans
What is your least favorite exercise?
Thrusters and burpees. 
What has been your favorite WOD so far?
I love Bear complex!!
What has been your least favorite WOD? 
If you had to name a WOD, what would you name it?
Grandma’s off to the Dollar Store
What are some of your goals for the coming year?
Handstand pushups, butterfly pull ups, muscle ups
How do you see CrossFit being different than other fitness programs?
In no other program do you see such a great community! I absolutely LOVE the community at Luna. CrossFit has definitely changed my life. Not only am I able to get in an awesome workout every day, I’m also surrounded by supportive and hilarious people! 
Did you think the sport of fitness would ever be for you?
Yes, I love being active! I played basketball, volleyball and ran track in middle school and high school. Then I went to college…HELLO FRESHMAN 15. Ok, it was really 30+ but 15 sounds better.
Outside CrossFit, I enjoy running 5Ks, hiking, paddleboarding and running Spartan Races, ARROOO!
How can other people relate to your story?
While working out at LA Fitness, I hit a plateau. So I stopped going. Then started back up, then stopped and so on. Once I found CrossFit, it became a part of my daily routine. For me, CrossFit provides the motivation and support that is lacking from general gyms. 
What is something that others may not know about you? 
I’m addicted to Wikipedia, especially On This Day. So many blue links, so little time.
Thank you so much for this opportunity!  I’m so happy to call Luna my second home and the WolfPack my homies!!! =)

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