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Sunday, March 31, 2013 – Athlete Profile: Megan Fier

2013 March 30
by bk

Happy Easter!  The gym will be open today for anyone who needs to do/redo 13.4!

Athlete Profile:  Megan Fier


1. In general, what is your background?

I grew up in North Canton, Ohio, home of the Hoover Vacuum.  My dad was an amazing baseball pitcher and attempted to get my sister and I involved in teeball at a young age, in which we had zero interest.  Instead we did synchronized swimming (he can’t swim) for 8 years, poor guy.  Synchro was a great experience and much, much harder than you’d think.  Still waiting on a water WOD, btw.  In middle school and some of high school I did cross country and track but was bored with both.  One thing stuck with me from 4th grade until now, and that is (don’t’ laugh) playing trumpet/marching band.  I wasn’t going to tryout at Ohio University but a friend of mine wanted to try out together.  He got cut and I made it.  So I marched in the Ohio University Marching Band (Marching 110) which is high energy, more so than a typical marching band, for 5 seasons as marching section leader who taught the marching style, dancing etc. I still go back every homecoming with nearly 500 other band alumnae to march with the current band.  I love it….nerd rant over. 🙂  After college I stayed in Athen, OH for about two years before I needed a change of pace that did not include snow.  I visited a friend in Summerville in February of 2010 and was hooked.  It “snowed” and I couldn’t help but laugh at the lack of winter.  So August of 2010 my sister and I moved to Charleston and have been loving it ever since!  Oh and I love animals, especially my dogs, its a bit much.

2. Age, Occupation?

27, Administrative Assistant to a cardiothoracic surgeon who runs the ethics programs at MUSC.

3. How did you get to know about CrossFit and why did you start?

My friend was touring with Reebok setting up traveling CrossFit events and his brother opened a box in Southeast Ohio. They kept trying to get me to try it and I finally caved February of 2012 because my tanning membership at planet fitness was a joke and I needed to find something that I enjoyed doing.  So CFI was closest and I joined.

4. How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?

So I enjoy working out now? Never though the day would come!  I plan my days around what times I can makes classes after work and hate when something else comes up.  I don’t think I’ve ever been this fit and it as made  a huge difference in my life.  Having upper body strenght and an awareness of body mechanics helps in day to day movements.  I now have ample strength to start the lawn mower, deadlift my 94lb dog into the tub, and I can stubbornly carry all of my groceries into the house in one trip at the same time without my arms falling off , which is nice, no one wants to make more trips!  And speaking of groceries, being in the CFI community has improved my diet drastically.  After the paleo challenge it really showed how eating clean can improve how you feel, look,  and how you preform.  Although not strict paleo like the challenge, I still eat clean throughout the week and try not to eat too terrible on the weekends.  CrossFit is a lifestyle that I now enjoy, live by, and am glad I am a part of.

5. Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit.

HANDSTAND WALKS/HOLDS!  I’m close but not consistent!  And I would love to get muscle-ups asap too.

6. Favorite CrossFit movement so far?

Pull-ups were such a big deal to get that I love them now.

7. What do you like most about CrossFit Integrity?

CrossFit, as they all say, is such a motivating community that seemingly cannot be understood until you’ve joined and CFI is just that.   I love that it is full of  a hugely diverse group of people that now know each other.  A group that takes time out of their day to come yell at each other to do more than they did the last time.  The overwhelming need to get better at everything so you can keep up with everyone, brings me back each night.  I remember my first few months where I’d be the last one done, using the lightest weights, or thickest rubber bands, and still didn’t feel discouraged to show up each night.   I also kinda like the lived-in look…and the dirt, seriously.  If the sweat isn’t a give away the dirt smudges, bloody hands, and chalk marks show you did something today, no shiny machines needed.  And the coaches!  That extra 5-10 lbs you’re not sure of, they make you sure of.  Some days I need that push!  Overall  CFI is the perfect match for me in all aspects: people, coaches, atmosphere, the whole shabang.

8. Favorite WOD?

I enjoy Cindy, or any body weight WOD.

9.  Least favorite WOD?

No brainer; Karen.  Is there anything as miserable?   F her.

10. Favorite movement?

Pull-ups or newly acquired handstand pushups

11.  Least favorite movement?

Wallballs…..if you want to see someones mood go from zero-unapproachable in one throw, then watch me attempt wallballs.  My nightmare, and probably everyone surrounding me too!

12. Favorite place to eat in Charleston?

So many great places in Charleston!  Sushi: Zen Asian Fusion Burger: Po’s Best Steak, ever: Halls Chop House Seafood: Coast Heart stopping amazing fries: Tattooed Moose New fav: Mex 1 (they have a coconut water cocktail, “the hydrater,” yum) I’ll stop now but I love the food scene down here!  This why the weekends are not so paleo 🙂

CrossFit Integrity, Charleston, SC

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  1. Evan T permalink
    March 31, 2013

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    Summer’s around the corner! Need to put a group together one weekend for a pool WOD!

  2. Vanny permalink
    March 31, 2013

    Great profile Megan!! I remember when you can barely squat 90, but your determination and perseverance made you a better athlete everyday! I’m so proud to tell everyone that you are a solid athlete who doesn’t cherry pick her wods! You came and did 13.3 (Karen, DUs, MUs) and PRed! Keep up the awesome work!

  3. Chrissy F. permalink
    March 31, 2013

    Oh my goodness, Megan!!! You have come such a long way and have done so with hard work and determination! I can remember meeting you in fundamentals and your special squat form! 🙂 You have made such a transformation and its been great to witness this along side of you! It’s so amazing to see the athlete you have become and I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you!!! You have to be without a doubt one of the most positive people I know!! You never give up and even if it’s a wall ball WOD you remain positive!!! 13.4 was a prime example of how you don’t give up!!! I’ve enjoyed every second of every partner WOD that I’ve done with you and I will alway remember the partner WOD you stood in front of a visitor throwing up out back because you knew if I saw it I would loose it too! 🙂 Thank you for always being encouraging and I can’t wait to watch you handstand walk across the box!!!!!

  4. Jamie G permalink
    March 31, 2013

    Awesome Profile girl! It has been wonderful watching you grow as an athlete, keep up the great work!!!

  5. Lindsay permalink
    April 1, 2013

    Megan, you are just as cute as your precious dogs, but in a much smaller and more feminine way!! :-). I have loved getting to know you…and learn more fun facts through your profile! You are definitely NOT the stereotypical band geek, ha! You are an extremely determined and impressive individual who has turned into an incredible athlete. Though you have world’s longest arms for such a petite thing, you take it as a personal challenge, and you are getting stronger with each day. Those arms are going to handstand walk you all over Charleston one of these days soon!! You’re a fantastic gym-mate and friend, and CFI is a better place with you in it. Keep on kicking ass!!!

  6. Courtney B. permalink
    April 1, 2013

    Good job girl!!!

  7. James W permalink
    April 1, 2013

    Great profile Megan. You’re the real deal. NO FEAR!

  8. Catherine permalink
    April 1, 2013

    Great profile Megan! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and see your progress! Keep it up 🙂

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