To introduce four awesome athletes and humans is a difficult task. The four that are featured as part of a 4-part series will show you just how difficult it is. How does a person best describe why you should all get to know them? Well, I will let them do the talking and you do the reading and listening, but take my word for it, you should get to know these folks.
Sadly I wasn’t at the gym when Cindy first stopped by. She came in to watch husband Mike workout and to observe what a training session was like. You see, Cindy is a thinker. She is a very determined, funny, open-minded, driven and successful person who wants to know what she is committing to before jumping in. She is a multi-tasker, being a wife, mom and General Manager of BREW. All of these things keep her insanely busy but Cindy knows how important her own well-being is, so she decided that being a part of the Raleigh CrossFit community would be a great way to ensure mental and physical happy health.
I really enjoy learning about what people thought CrossFit was like. I of course can’t speak for what CrossFit is like at other facilities, but when I hear someone say, it’s intimidating or they expected a harder environment or unfriendly or muscles protruding everywhere from athletes, I immediately want to step in and defend CrossFit because to me, Raleigh CrossFit isn’t any of those things. Thankfully, Cindy, having the bright attitude and open-mindedness that she does, took it upon herself to see first hand what it was actually like inside our walls. She realized Raleigh CrossFit is friendly, inviting, doable for everyone and very motivating, the complete opposite of what her perceptions were.
Part of doing the athlete profiles is to share with everyone, not just in our community, but everyone outside of it as well, that Raleigh CrossFit is really for everyone. You can do it too.
Now, on to share why Cindy made a great choice in becoming a part of our community and why this foursome of friends (Mike, Cindy, Chris and Necole) are some folks you should know.
Editor’s Note (Chennelle): The very last question, I decided to put it first. It really made me smile and bring home exactly what I aim to have as a community at Raleigh CrossFit. Thank you to everyone who helps make new athletes feel at home THE VERY FIRST DAY.
Name: Cindy Sholar
Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
Occupation: Wife/Mom/GM of BREW
Family: Husband Mike, Daughter Ashlyn
As the last of the four to be profiled, you get the last word… if you could choose one word to drop the mic with, what would it be?
This didn’t fit anywhere else but I wanted to share. My first “real” workout was difficult and we had to row and I found myself the last one on the machine. Everyone else was finished and people started coming over to cheer me on. I’ve never really experienced something like that; having people that I did not know stop and cheer just for me was a little emotional. It showed exactly the type of supportive people that I would be working out with at 6am. I didn’t think that I would find that type of instant community but I’m glad I did.
Please take a moment to provide a quick introduction to your CrossFit career…
I’ve only recently started at Raleigh CrossFit with November being my first month. I started honestly because I felt a bit left out of the conversations Mike, Chris, & Necole were having about working out.
Your fitness background is only recently attached to Raleigh CrossFit, would you mind sharing about what you did previously and how that background led you to where you are today?
I’ve been doing a yoga-ish hybrid every morning for years now. I’ve come to realize that it amounts to an Raleigh CrossFit warm-up J. I’ve focused more on stretching and trying to tighten my core more than being able to move things or move fast myself.
So you observed your husband Mike during one of his workouts. What were your thoughts about CrossFit heading into watching him, while you were watching and then afterward?
I was surprised when I went and watched that first workout. I expected to see people yelling and to have the coaches screaming instructions at people. I’ve never had experience with CrossFit or really any type of group fitness so when Mike talked about the coaches telling him what to do I instantly imagined a much harsher environment. Once I saw what the workout was like and how the coaches were there to support you instead of yell at you I felt very welcomed. People I didn’t even know came up and chatted about working out and made me feel at home. It was also encouraging to see that there were all ages and levels of fitness represented, not just a gym full of massive humans.
What do you remember about your first workout?
Barbells for Boobs. I was a nervous wreck and I’m pretty sure I did at least half of the workout wrong. It was fun though and I felt like had achieved something by showing up and attempting the workout. I initially tried to talk myself out of it but when I showed up and saw everyone encouraging each other and supporting everyone I decided I could do it too. I was in the last group and was able to see a few rounds before attempting it myself.
What were your initial goals when you started training with us?
Honestly I wanted to be a part of the group. They make it sound so fun and I really didn’t have a specific goal, just to join in.
It hasn’t been too long since you had your first workout, how would you say your goals/expectations of yourself have changed in terms of strength and comfort level within the training sessions?
One thing that has changed is how I approach the workout. I have a tendency to overthink things (just ask Chad about Foundations) and I found myself thinking about the movement instead of actually just doing it. A new goal I have now is to just move. To let the coaches correct me when I’m wrong and just to focus on moving. It’s not easy for me but it’s helped.
My other goal is to have Kim’s abs from the website J.
You reached a higher level status as a snow skier, can you share with us about that experience and your memories?
For a few years I worked at a camp in the mountains of NC. We would take groups that came through the camp out skiing and I found myself teaching people all the time. Spend enough time on the mountain and you start to get pretty good. Speed was my goal and I loved standing at the top of a black diamond run preparing to go as fast as possible. That is how I finally tore my ACL though, I hit a patch of slush and my knee went one direction and I went the other. I’ve been skiing a few times since then but have been much more cautious.
Currently you help make people smile with delicious food and beverages at BREW, what did you do before BREW?
I was a professional mom. I’ve had odd jobs throughout the years but I’ve spent the most time taking care of our daughter. She’s preparing to head off to college next year so BREW has been a great new opportunity to keep me busy.
You are on your feet all day at BREW, how has the training helped with that?
It’s been awful. J I’m still very new at everything and I find myself very sore after working out. I know I’m getting stronger and have to keep going but when your legs want to just give out from the 5,000,000 squats that morning it’s hard to be on your feet. I’m looking forward to the day it helps more than hurts.
The four of you have become a very positive influence and contributor to our Raleigh CrossFit community, what is it that drew you to do so?
Michael drives that. When he finds something he is passionate about he does whatever he can to help out. Seeing how tight the Raleigh CrossFit community is makes it very easy to want to be a part as well. We have all felt very welcomed and connected and it makes it easy to want to help as well.
What’s it like having Mike as your life partner and fellow training partner at Raleigh CrossFit?
Michael is a very passionate person. He is loving and encouraging and is always looking out for my well-being. That also drives me crazy when it comes to CrossFit. When he starts something he takes it to 110% and I’m always cautious in the beginning. We’ve agreed that I would take it at my pace and he would continue at his. He supports me fully but isn’t going to yell encouraging things at me from across the room during the workout.
What does being “strong” mean to you?
I don’t think of strong as being muscular. When I think of strong I think of times in life where things don’t go your way, or things happen in a different way or order from what you wanted or expected. Strong it facing those times in your life and working through them without giving up. Strong is being able to come out on the other side with a story that can help others.
You have a daughter, share with us what it means to be a mom of a daughter and how you stay strong for her.
I would say it mirrors the answer in the question above. When I think about how my daughter sees me I want her to know how to be strong and that means being able to work through tough times in my life without giving up. Right now that means getting up early and going to Raleigh CrossFit to strengthen myself and to not give up when I am in pain or when I’m tired.
What is playing in your music carousel right now?
Coldplay, One Republic. Also whatever Michael makes me listen to. I’m pretty boring.
What three words would your friends use to describe you.
OCD, OCD, OCD. Compassionate. Focused.
Favorite CrossFit movement and/or WOD:
I hate them all. Just kidding: Box Jumps, only because they terrify me.
What do you tell your friends when they ask what you do to workout?
I tell them I do CrossFit and no I don’t throw tires around the room.
What are three words to describe how you feel before a training session?
Tired (we work out at 6am)
Scared. Michael and Chris look at the workout the night before and come and tell Necole and me that the workouts are awful and that this might be the day we die.
Nervous. This is all still very new and I’m trying to keep up.
What advice would you give to anyone out there who wants to get started with CrossFit?
I would tell them they should give it a shot. I think it’s very fun and the community is very encouraging. You won’t have to worry about showing up and getting lost, the coaches are great about showing you how to do everything and also everyone working out with you will encourage you and help you along the way because they were once in your shoes.
Give one sentence to describe Chris.
Chis loves hugs almost as much as he loves orphans. He is so passionate about everything he does. When he finds someone in need he will devote himself to finding a way to help.
Give one sentence to describe Mike.
He is a loving leader, nerdy but has a sense of humor. He’s always thinking of how he can help his family.
Give one sentence to describe Necole.
Sweet beyond words. A loving mom who is compassionate and is always super focused.
The benefit of being the fourth of the four related athlete profiles is that you had the opportunity to read what everyone else said. Is there anything you would like to comment on or add to?
I just want to make sure people understand how much Chris loves hugs. It’s almost unnatural how much he enjoys them. All the time. 100% hugs. If you see him at BREW, sit in his seat. Last one at the bar. He loves that. (love you Chris!)
Wednesday, Nov. 25: Last class is 600-700p, NO 700p
Thursday, Nov. 26: CLOSED. Please spend time with your friends and family. It’s important to us!
Turkey Trotters: Meet at the bank ATM, not the stand alone ATM, at 730a for a group photo.
Friday, Nov. 27: 900a and 1000a classes.
We are closing out the month of November and still taking donations for The Food Bank.
Incentive: Bring in 10 cans, your CrossFit friend from out of town can train with us for FREE while they are here!