Athlete of the MonthFebruary

Melissa Nice

Career: Teacher/Coach at Stuarts Draft

Years at CrossFit Anazao: 1

"There is always going to be room for improvement and there is always going to be a next level"

Tell us a little about yourself.

  • I live in Stuarts Draft with my husband Spencer and our children, Aaron, Alandra, and Easton. I teach at SDHS and coach volleyball and track. I was very involved in athletics in HS and ran track in college. I have done a variety of things over the years for fitness. I have zero hobbies right now :)

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

  • I came to Anazao a year ago because I seriously needed some new motivation for fitness. I love it because of the constant variation each day and week. There is no room for boredom. There is always going to be room for improvement and there is always going to be a next level. CrossFit is such a unique situation from anything else I have ever done in the way it combines competition with oneself along with excitement over everyone else’s success. My current goals are pull ups and cardiovascular improvement in moving through the metcons at a stronger pace.

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

  • FAVS: Cleans, wall balls, burpees, slam balls, double unders, rowing and shorter runs
  • NOT FAVS: Anything on the rig (pull-ups, toes to bar) because they are my biggest weakness

What do you think is special about CrossFit Anazao?

  • I have NEVER entered a place brand new that was more welcoming, helpful, and encouraging than at Anazao. From day one, everyone,( coaches and athletes) encouraged me, included me, gave me pointers, and pushed me. That’s what first and foremost makes this place special, how invested everyone is in everyone else. Secondly, all of the coaches’ knowledge is so incredibly impressive to me. The adjustments and corrections they can make on the spot about a movement is amazing. They legitimately and genuinely want to see improvement in us every day and they never take a day off from that.

Anything else you wish to add?

  • Thank you to everyone, Ben, all the coaches, and athletes for making Anazao such an amazing place. I’m just so happy to have found it.

A note from one of our coaches:

  • Melissa is the kind of athlete that you get excited for when she walks through the door.  You know she is there to get better. You know she is there to be coached.  You know she is going to cheer on her neighbor and have fun for the next hour.  She is a super hard worker that is in constant competition with herself and she is always looking at ways she can improve.  This is evident not only to her coaches, but to her fellow athletes as well.  No matter the workout, no matter the day, she is there to give a big smile, laugh out loud and push herself hard.

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