Athlete of the MonthJanuary

Desiree Batten

Career: Hairdresser

Years at CrossFit Anazao: 2

"my health has become more important to me"

Tell us a little about yourself.

  • Originally I’m from Alaska, I needed to defrost my bones so I moved! I am married, 16 years and counting, with 3 boys. I am a hairdresser mainly because I love to make people happy. The satisfaction of the happy smile when they see themselves after I’m done makes my job the very best! As for hobbies, I CrossFit and I also enjoy almost anything outdoors, hiking, fishing. Not many hobbies because I’m always on the move with my kiddos sports. As for fitness, before CrossFit I did the regular “globo” gym and didn’t really get much of anywhere. I was super active when I was a kid. Ballet, dance, soccer. But until CrossFit I had went stagnant. CrossFit saved my health, physically and mentally.

What are your goals for CrossFit? Why do you do CrossFit?

  • My goals are simple, I want to be able to move and not get hurt as I get older. As I have gotten older my health has become more important, I have plenty of genetic stuff going against me so if I can hold it off, then that’s a plus! That’s my why, to have the energy to stay going even when I reach my older years. I wanna be the cool grandma, you know, “yeah my grandma lifts heavy stuff”!

What are your favorite movements to do in a workout? What are your least favorite?

  • My least favorite it the snatch, because I’m no good at those. But I’m working on it. I love cleans, Pull-ups, TTB, and deadlifts!

What do you think is special about CrossFit Anazao?

  • First thing is the owners! There’s just not enough words to express this! Genuine, wonderful, nice and caring people! Honestly care about you, and your family. Second, the coaches! Seriously! Have not met a coach that didn’t have my best interest at heart. Third, my bonus family! Every member there, even when I don’t see them daily, when I joined this box, I gained a small bonus family that I would not trade for anything!

Anything else you’d like to share?

  • Honesty, I don’t know what I’d do without every person there. This group keeps me grounded, sane and helps me at being the best me I can be. Thank you!

A note from one of our coaches:

  • I remember when Desiree first reached out to us about coming to give us a try.  She was honest and upfront about her intentions.  She made it known what her goals were and what she wanted to do.  From day one, we have had a high level of respect for her, her work ethic and for the heart that she has.  She is one of the most caring individuals in the gym.  Desiree has always been the type of person that is motivated to achieve more for herself and her family, but we have also seen how that carries over to her the way she cheers on her fellow members at CrossFit Anazao.  No matter if it’s the super early morning class or a Saturday that she could sleep in and rest, she is always prepared to come in, work hard and motivate others to help them be more successful.
    Desiree, thank you for being you.  Thank you for never taking the easy way out.  Thank you for always fighting to be better and for always accepting the new challenges that come your way.

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