Our March Member Spotlight is AMBER!!! We love Amber for so many reasons. Among other things, we love her attitude, drive, dedication, persistence, and the fact that she walks in to the gym eager to learn and always with a fantastic attitude. A perfect example was last week with CrossFit Open workout 15.1. I had been communicating with Amber because she caught a bug and had been sick all weekend. We had planned to schedule something Monday if she felt better, but she texted in the morning and said she was still feeling sick. She sent another message at around 5 pm and told me, “I still want to do 15.1 at some point, just to know what my score would have been, for my own sanity.” Three seconds later came another text, and I quote, “f*ck it, I’m getting dressed and coming in!”
Amber showed up having consumed only a banana and water during the previous 24 hours. She battled through 15.1, and then set a PR on her clean and jerk for 15.1a. We could not have been prouder, and that story is a perfect example of what Amber is all about.
Amber started with us soon after having a baby and her transformation has been epic. She is one strong mama!!!!! Amber found us as a result of two seemingly random encounters with CrossFitters during her time as a photographer (naturally, Mindy was one of them). We are SO thankful for those encounters and that Amber decided to give CrossFit a shot. Amber is quick to spread the CrossFit love and is always bringing friends to try it out. Some join, some don’t, but we love the fact that she trusts us to show them a positive first experience with CrossFit. Two of Amber’s children are involved in CrossFit Kids, and we can’t wait to see all of them (Amber included) get stronger and stronger. And in another few years, the one and only Brody (now 1 year old, with the greatest head of blonde hair on the planet, even crazier than Kellen’s mop) will be in the fold!!!! Amber, we are honored to have you as a part of this gym. It’s people like you who make us love our job! Keep rockin’ it!!!!!
Name: Amber Langlois
Where are you originally from? New Fairfield, CT
What high school and/or college did you attend? Graduated from New Fairfield High School, attended Clemson University in South Carolina
Favorite sports teams: Any team my kids are playing for, Clemson Football, the Giants and the Yankees
What do you do for work? I am a very busy mom of three uniquely awesome children, Avery (11), Ryder (8), and Brody (1).
When and why did you start CrossFit: Let me start with my first exposure to CrossFit. My husband and I ran our own wedding photography business, Raw Photo Design. It was 2009, our busiest season ever shooting close to 50 weddings. And once in a while we would photograph a wedding that was so special we knew we would never forget it. This was definitely the case with Jocelyn and Jay’s wedding, box owners of CrossFit Milford. Now, I had no idea what a box was, never mind what CrossFit was, but this is what I did know. This wedding was one of the craziest receptions I had ever shot with some of the nicest, happiest people I had ever seen. They partied harder than any wedding we had ever photographed, they were so excited to take pictures, AND THEY HAD THE MOST INCREDIBLE BODIES I had ever seen. And yes, I did get to see those bodies at the reception when dresses and suits literally came off. Although I didn’t have a clue why or what Jay was doing at the time, he actually put Jocelyn in an overhead squat.
Now back to the question, when and why did I start CrossFit. Well you think I would have come home from that wedding in 2009 and found the closest box. But I did not. I never forgot about them though and always thought “someday” when I had more time, more motivation, or when our business slowed down I would check out that crazy CrossFit.
In 2013, my life was turned upside down when my husband Eric died in a drowning accident. I was two months pregnant and had to learn to navigate life as a single mom, soon to be of 3. Brody was born in December 2013, and “someday” came in February 2014 when I was seated at a table with Mindy and Lou at a photography conference in Massachusetts. I had known Mindy and Lou as local photographers, Eric and I had photographed them together a few years prior. I mentioned to them that I was going to try a class at a CrossFit near my house and if you know Mindy, you know she was not having that…she had me set up in my first class at 203 the following week.
Life never ceases to amaze me how people and experiences come into your life, even if you don’t understand why at the time, you can usually look back and see that there is a plan in place. I came to CrossFit two months after having my 3rd baby; out of shape and weak is an understatement. I expected to sweat, to be pushed to my limits, but I didn’t expect to gain all of these wonderful, positive, motivating people in my life. I needed something just for me, an hour a day that I could check my stress and pressures at the door (unless it was ball slam day, then I’d bring that crap right in) and I have gotten so much more. Taking care of myself is one of the best gifts I can give my kids. Every time I sign up for a competition or PR a lift I know Eric is watching, my biggest fan and I know he is very proud.
Favorite and Least Favorite Lift?: Favorite is OHS, least favorite is THRUSTERS, duh.
What was your first workout, and what did you think after finishing? My first workout on 3/4/14 was “baseline”, which I had to scale, I did the pushups on my knees and ring rows for pull ups. My time was 9:04. I remember thinking we were done “working out” after the warm up and couldn’t believe the “WOD” didn’t even happen yet. We just repeated “baseline” in December and my time was 6:34!
Greatest CrossFit Achievement so far: For me, it’s not a PR, a gymnastic movement or a record time…yet. I think each WOD you give 100% your first year is your greatest achievement and then the next WOD surpasses the one before. You are learning, you are showing up and you are getting stronger. I tell people, the only way this doesn’t work is if you don’t show up and try.
CrossFit Goal for 2015: Stringing T2B, Double Unders and ONE pull-up
One interesting thing about yourself not related to CrossFit: I grew up on Candlewood Lake and couldn’t be happier raising my kids in a lake community. We have “laker” mentality and live every day of summer laid back, like we are on vacation. We wake up and put our suits on, whether we are boating, swimming, tubing, fishing, whatever it is that day…we are in the lake from the time we get up till the time we go to bed and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It does, however make Winter feel extremely LONG.
Complete the sentence, “CrossFit should….” CrossFit should be FUN and bring out the absolute best in you!
If I’m not at the box, you can probably find me….: Either at a practice, a game, a doctor appointment, a school function or the grocery store.