Katie Burkett

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1. What brought you to CrossFit?

I've been a competitive athlete my entire life. I was a competitive swimmer for 8 years and a competitive dancer for 6 years. I stopped competing in college and was struggling to find a fitness routine to match what I had been doing growing up. I have Cystic Fibrosis and my health started to decline with my decrease in activity eventually landing me in the hospital. My doctors told me that any sort of High Intensity Interval Training would be the best kind of workout to keep up my lung function, so I started looking into programs with a competitive team-like atmosphere where athletes push each other to improve themselves and get better. Now my doctors all tell me that they wish they could parade me around to tell other patients that I do CrossFit.

2. What was your first impression?

I was intimidated by CrossFit at first. I had heard stories of injuries and honestly couldn't imagine myself doing any sort of serious weight lifting. But when I first came in to BlackBolt I saw athletes of all ages and body types; there was even a pregnant woman lifting. I immediately realized that anyone could do it.

3. What’s been your biggest accomplishment?

Being able to do a band assisted pull up with a light band! It doesn't sound like much, but while I was sick I had a catheter in my arm to administer IV antibiotics and I was allowed to lift anything heavier than 10 pounds (5 pounds per arm). So that was huge for me!

4. What are you working on now?

I want to continue building my upper body strength and increasing my lung function.

5. What’s your favorite Black Bolt CrossFit memory?

One of the very first WODs that I did in a regular class was Karen. Since it was one of my first classes Jason scaled it back for me (I think only 100 wall balls). I finished that with a lot of time left on the clock and ended up finishing the entire workout with plenty of time left! It was the first time I thought I can really do this!

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Jason OBannon