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Raleigh CrossFit Athlete Profile: Kayla
Kayla hasn’t always been sold on working out or “training”. She has been gently nudged by her friends and husband Jordan (who also trains at Raleigh CrossFit), but really what has happened is that Kayla has become a source of inspiration for others. Unknowingly, while she was “gently pushed” to train, Kayla has grown to enjoy doing burpees, waking up early to meet up with the 600a crew and has set and achieved many CrossFit and non-CrossFit training goals in the process. All of this is evident, not only because of her gracious smile before the sun rises, but also in her presence. Kayla has created a new Kayla… a self-confident, burpee monster, running machine, who loves to train with her friends and fellow athletes, and takes time out of her day to enjoy the fruits of her labor – a healthy, well-rounded life – one that includes friendship, laughs, love, music and a few beers along the way. Thank you Kayla for sharing your Raleigh CrossFit story!
Name: Kayla Horst
Hometown: Pilot Mountain, NC – also known as Mount Pilot from The Andy Griffith Show
School: UNC Chapel Hill, currently in grad school at NC State (I’ll always be a Tarheel at heart!)
Occupation: Marketing Communications at Eaton
Family: Husband, Jordan and 3 pups, Buster Brown, Grace Lynn and Sir Walter Raleigh
When did you start at Raleigh CrossFit?
Technically I joined in June 2014, but I didn’t start coming more than 1-2 times a week until May of this year.
Why did you start CrossFit?
I do not like to work out. However, it is a necessary evil. Most of my family struggles with their weight. I had no issue until college. Beer and late night eating was a terrible combination! I knew I needed to get control of my weight before things got out of hand. I signed up for a half marathon and asked JMart for advice. It wasn’t long before I was running with her on the weekends!
For a while JMart, Kate and I worked together. We would run laps around the parking lot and longer distances on the weekends. I loved it because it was an opportunity for me to hang out with friends while getting some exercise. If I didn’t run with Kate and JMart, I didn’t run at all. Exercising was (and still is!) a purely social activity for me. Eventually I was introduced to Katherine (KMac) when we all signed up for Tough Mudder. They all joined Raleigh CrossFit to prep, but at the time I lived in Wake Forest so I didn’t join them.
Fast forward to May 2014 – Jordan and I bought a house in the same neighborhood as JMart and KMac. Shortly after, we joined Raleigh CrossFit. I didn’t start working out consistently until this year when Kate moved back to Raleigh. She challenged me to join her at 6AM and I have not looked back. The 6AM crew is so great, so I get to socialize with awesome people while working out! It’s a win-win!
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
There are so many! I’m proud of myself for just walking in the doors. I don’t consider myself a “serious CrossFitter” and honestly I don’t know if I ever will. I just love coming and getting a great workout in while hanging out with friends.
That being said, I am extremely proud of how far I’ve come. When I started I HATED burpees. I could not do more than two without lying on the floor face down, wondering if I would ever be able to push myself up again. I honestly thought I was going to die while I was on the ground. Burpees are still really hard for me, but I don’t hate them. It takes about me 15 to get to the point of “I’m going to die!!” now! Hopefully by this time next year I’ll be able to do 30+!
What have you learned about yourself since starting CrossFit?
I am not as weak as I think I am. I still struggle with pushing myself, but I’m getting better! I can credit that to the awesome coaches that push me when I need to be pushed.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to hang out with Jordan and our pups, usually while we watch Netflix. (We’re both sad that we finished Sons of Anarchy!) I also like to spend time with my friends and my sisters, Keri and Karli. I also love the beach!
How does working out with friends keep you motivated, change your perspective, etc.?
I mentioned that exercise is a social activity for me. Kate, Katherine, Jennifer and I don’t get to work out at the same time during the week, but I LOVE weekend workouts with them! We always keep each other entertained! I also have made so many great friends at Raleigh CrossFit. I absolutely love the community! I thrive in a place where I feel comfortable and loved – the Raleigh CrossFit community provides that for me each and every time I’m there.
Also, thanks to Raleigh CrossFit I have met so many inspiring women! I love that women I once considered my “CrossFit friends” are now my true friends.
Anything else you would like to add regarding your experience at Raleigh CrossFit or anything else?
I’d just like to thank all the coaches for being patient with me when I complain about having “big girl problems” or not being strong enough to even hang on the bar. Each coach brings their own flair to coaching, but every RCF coach makes me want to try a little harder and take CrossFit just a little bit more seriously.