August 2015 Athlete of the Month

August 2015: The Strong Mom

It’s one thing to be a strong woman…but doing it while holding a demanding full time job along with 2 daughters is nothing short of awesome!

sherry 1Meet Sherry!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)

My name is Sherry Mongold. I have a hard time most days believing it, but I am 45 years old. I have a master’s degree in nursing from Old Dominion University and have worked as a Nurse Practitioner here in Harrisonburg for the last 17 years. I am a local as is my husband Travis. We have 2 pretty amazing little girls, Alyssa 11 and Braedon 9. We are a pretty active family- highland games and strongman for the husband- karate, basketball, dance and gymnastics, crossfit kids in the summer- to keep the girls busy and out of trouble.

How long have you been doing crossfit?

I am a Rocktown original. January 2014, first session of peak, first set of classes- yep that’s where I my crossfit journey began.

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)

You mean this week or overall?! There sure are plenty to choose from.  Up until a few weeks ago, the two that popped into my mind were the always popular and devastating “The Baker” or Chad’s 200 wallballs.  That one left my legs screaming for days. However, “the Seven” a few Saturdays ago had me pretty sure I wouldn’t survive. There are lots of times that the thought “what are you doing, you are too old for this” crosses my mind but hey so far I have lived 100% of the time!

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

Deadlifts, double unders are my definite favs.. I also like kettlebells and anything ab work related.

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?

This is a much longer list- snatches, rowing, wallballs just to name a few. Any work out with the Olympic lifts involved is gonna be a day of struggle for me (and for Nate if he is coaching and has to watch me!) When my husband convinced me years ago that I was stronger than I thought, it all started as a powerlifting career. So all this “being quick to get under the bar” has generally felt like learning a foreign language to me.

What are your goals?

I just want to continue to improve anywhere that I can. I’m working to find a way to string together a few toes to bar instead of all these singles. I would love to improve my technique with the Olympic lifts and hopefully see my numbers go up at least a little bit. My main goal is related to life. I want to be a role model to my girls so that they learn as a woman you can be strong, beautiful and healthy in any body shape.

What motivates you to continue coming back?

I know everyone says this but the answer is simple and can’t be said enough– the people. A big group of very diverse individuals coming together for an hour to sweat, work, suffer, and to cheer each other on to accomplish whatever our task happens to be that day. It is a feeling like no other to watch all the encouragement and the cheers given as the last person finishes. And trust me, if you are that last person struggling to finish those last few reps, that atmosphere pushes you through.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

Ice Cream. I don’t discriminate, most any flavor will do, bbbuuuuttttt, if you throw in some chocolate and peanut butter, well that’s just paradise.

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

It sounds so cliché but it is a community, one big family. A place where it doesn’t matter if you are 17 or 67, you are just another athlete there to do your best. All ages, all sizes, all fitness levels- everyone is welcomed without hesitation. Come on a Saturday morning. Everyone has their own time that they are able to get to class during the week, but when we all get together on Saturday it is like a family reunion- a great time to catch up. Got a cause?

Veterans, someone lost their home to fire, a spouse is suddenly lost and the family needs support, needy families at Christmas– call on these folks and they totally bring it!!

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)

First of all, I can’t believe this is me! I have never considered myself an “athlete” so I am honestly humbled by this honor.

Secondly, I can’t say thank you enough to all the people at the Rock.

The coaches are all amazing people. They each have their own unique qualities and can offer different perspectives but all of them work hard to make us the best that we can be. They want us to be successful and do all that they can to see us achieve our goals. You guys are awesome! To all my classmates- whether it is my faithful nooners, the 9 am crew- whatever group that I get to workout with- saying thanks doesn’t even touch it! You guys get me through, offer encouragement on days when I feel like I’m failing at everything and share in my excitement when something actually clicks.I challenge anyone to find a better group of people. I have made some pretty incredible friendships during the last 2 plus years. Plus, you all tolerate my random singing, that is a lot to ask of anyone!!  Rocktown crossfit provides me my stress relief, it is my sanctuary.  It is a place to be frustrated, be proud, be exhausted, be sore and be so darn happy all at the same time! I mean, hey, it took me a year to clean over 100 pounds, 2 years to complete my first entire pullup workout unassisted and I’m still trying to figure out how to snatch correctly so maybe new tricks can be taught if you just hang in there long enough!

So if you need a smile on your face, some sweat on your brow, some fine folks to be around, stop by and hang out at this place for a bit. I bet you won’t be sorry!! #likearock

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

Sherry!  Welcome to the club!  I’ll never stop trying to fix your “mashed potatoes” but at least you can say I’m always honest 🙂  Its a pleasure to have Sherry walk through that door on a daily basis.  Nobody brings the energy better than she does, shes always excited to throw down with anyone, be them new members or veterans and her way of motivating those around her is like no one else.  Her positive attitude and continued dedication to get better (that overhead position…yow) is what makes Sherry special.  But more important than any of those its the example she sets for her 2 daughters.  They see there mother living a healthy lifestyle and know that its ok for girls to lift weights, to be strong, and to be different…thats what we love about Sherry the most.  Thank you for being such a great example to all the females out there…whether they are 8 or 40 they can look to you for guidance.  Congrats Sherry!