July 2017 Athlete of the Month

July 2017: Mission Possible

It’s not where you started or where you’re at but where you’re going and how you get there that makes it special.

Meet Tara!

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

Hey y’all!  My name is Tara Roe and I’m 35 years old.  I live in Bridgewater with my husband and our beautiful & sassy 5 year old daughter, Elizabeth.  I work in HR at James Madison University.  I graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and am currently working on my MBA from JMU.  I also coach Special Olympics for Harrisonburg/Rockingham county athletes.

How long have you been doing crossfit?

6 awesome months – since January 2017

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

I think I saw a bright light at the end of the tunnel a few times during Christmas in July….lol!  It was brutal!  There was also a time rowing that I had to jump off the rower and puke – fun times (yes, I still finished the workout!)

What are your favorite crossfit movements?

I complain about them A LOT, but I really like wall balls.  And anything with the bar – there is literally no better sound than the weights slamming to the ground when you need to relieve some stress!!

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

RUNNING!!  Ugh! No other move makes me cringe like running– which is why I make myself do it as often as possible!

What are your goals?

I’ve lost 30 pounds since starting at The Rock and although I still have some weight to kick to the curb I am now more focused on the weight on the bar as opposed to the weight on the scale.  Of course I want to be able to do pull-ups, handstand pushups, double unders, etc….and I know I will get there eventually….but right now I appreciate being able to move better and feel stronger.  But most important, I want to set a good example for my daughter and instill healthy behaviors and healthy living in her at a young age.  She’s already doing burpees and wall walks at home with me so she’s off to a great start!

What motivates you to continue coming back?

The people – hands down!  Regardless of what is going on in my life, I know I can come to The Rock and leave feeling amazing (maybe a little like I just died….but still amazing!)  The coaches and other athletes are so positive and encouraging – it’s addicting to be around this group!

What’s your favorite cheat meal?

Anything with cheese…..or whiskey 😉

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit?

Rocktown Crossfit is a place where you can come in feeling like a lazy heffalump and leave feeling like Wonder Woman!  There is nothing the day can throw at you that some sweat, loud music, heavy weights and lots of screaming won’t fix.  It’s a place that doesn’t require you to think (well, unless we have to do math – but don’t worry, they have calculators!) – you can just come in, be told what to do, when to do it and when to stop….and then lay in a puddle of sweat next to your buddies being proud of how hard you all worked.  It’s one of the best things that has happened to me!  Rocktown Crossfit is a family that I am thankful for each and every day!

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

I had been asking my co-worker, Stephenie Williams, about CrossFit for a while – then one day I decided I wanted to try it out.  She arranged for a few of us from work to drop in.  I remember walking in and feeling SUPER intimidated….for about 5 seconds.  Then it seemed like everyone was coming up and talking to me, welcoming me and genuinely seemed happy that I was there.  So we went through Peak and I was hooked.  I started with 3 days a week and quickly moved up to 4 or 5 (sometimes 6) times a week.  I felt (and still feel) like I just can’t get enough!  The workouts are hard – no doubt….and they will challenge you physically and mentally – but there is always an awesome & supportive coach right there encouraging you to pick up the bar or jump back on the rig at the moment when you feel like giving up.  Every single coach at The Rock seems to genuinely want to see us succeed and push past any barriers we think we have.

I truly love and appreciate each and every coach….but I really need to give some love to Lauren…..man….where do you start with her?  She is AMAZING!  Her accountability groups have taught me how to eat, how to meal prep, how to get out of my comfort zone, and how to make health and fitness a lifestyle and not just a fad.  She is always there to give a high five or a “hell yeah!” when the number on the scale goes down or when I kick butt in a workout.   One thing is for sure – she will not give up on you and she won’t let you give up on yourself.  The world needs more people like Lauren Black!!

I’m also very thankful for the other athletes and friends I have made at The Rock – y’all are some of the most awesome and badass people I have ever been around – the energy is so positive and contagious.  I love that we all encourage each other through the most difficult workouts and celebrate our successes.  I’m so thankful for Rocktown – my only regret is not having this awesomeness in my life sooner!  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this family!

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:  32lbs folks…Thirty. Two.  In 6 Months.  Tara is a beacon of hope for the hundreds out there who keep saying, “it’s not for me” or “it will make you bulky”.  Her story and journey are as real as it gets.  I can remember Tara’s first week of doing PEAK, she came to me saying she had goals and was very clear in what she wanted to accomplish and she has made the necessary sacrifices.  Sometimes its eating before you join your coworkers for el charros, sometimes its ordering the fajitas instead of the burrito…but as she has shown every time you make that choice it makes it that much easier the next time you have to make it.  Tara is so humble and one of the sweetest soul’s you’ll encounter.  No matter how long her day or what she has going on no doubt you’ll be greeted with a warm smile.  Her commitment to being the best athlete she can coupled with her dedication to tracking her food is 100% what it takes to make changes…she never asks questions just takes what she’s been giving and delivers time after time.  Thank you for trusting us with your fitness…we can’t way to see where this journey continues to take you and the example you can set for those around you.  It’s plastered all over the campus of JMU where Tara works but it’s clear it’s something she lives by, “be the change you want to see in the world”.  Congrats Tara!