Athlete of the Monday Shane Smith

Name: Shane Smith

How long have you been doing CrossFit? A little over 2 years!

How long at CrossFit Rx? A little over 2 years, I started at CrossFit RX!

What is the best advice that you have received in CrossFit? Stay within the stimulus for the workout. I think this can mean a couple of the things, scale so you don’t sacrifice form and don’t come out guns blazing. I often want to push the weight or try to go really fast during workouts, but that doesn’t end well and could potentially lead to injury. Just be patient, trust the coaches, and trust the programming.

Any advice of your own to offer up to someone new or thinking about joining? Sign up! I wanted something new and a place where I could meet people since I had just moved to Atlanta. I became obsessed with CrossFit almost immediately, but I also found a lot of really great people and a community.

What is your favorite movement? Lately it has been muscle ups since I can finally cycle them. For barbell, probably a heavy clean and jerk.

What is your favorite kind of music to workout to in the gym? Nic has this international playlist that is full of some great music and a good variety! I love some Latin music and I catch some Bollywood/Bhangra sometimes. I’m a big fan of just some Top 40 as well!

Any favorite artist, songs or genres that you would like to hear more of? Rosalía is my girl and Bad Bunny is the GOAT

Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you! I used to be on a Bollywood fusion dance team! I was never trained in dance, but I picked it up as a hobby in college. I know a little Bollywood, bhangra, and some classical Indian dance.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Family, work, outside of the gym hobbies, favorite food, move etc. Help us get to know a little about you outside the gym! Outside of the gym I work for a nonprofit called Kesem, we provide support to kiddos who have a parent with cancer. I also really enjoy being outside hiking, hammocking, climbing, or playing soccer. Most of my family lives in Kansas City, but I have 5 nieces and a nephew that I absolutely adore! Other than that I love to spend time with my friends, eat lots of good food, play boardgames, and get out on the dance floor on the weekends 🙂

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