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Sunday, March 4, 2012 – Athlete Profile: Carman Bevis

2012 March 3
by bk

The gym will be open today from 12:00pm-2:00pm for anyone who would like to come in the workout and/or do/redo WOD 12.2.

Athlete Profile:  Carman Bevis

1. In general, what is your background?

I was born in Chester, SC. I have one brother. My father worked in management for textile industry when I was young. Mom stayed home to care for my brother and I. We moved around quite a bit when I was young, to Va, to Tx (where I got pretty heavily involved in gymnastics), then back to SC (which ended my gymnastics experience, because the extent of gymnastics in SC at that time was tumbling for kiddies). I didn’t really do anything athletic, I tried dance, but was too clumsy to be anything but amusing, so gave up on it. Did a little track, but it interfered too much with my social life. My dad started up the family farm, and I went on to finish high school, to C of C (had my first son), then to MUSC CON. I later married and had 2 more boys. Both my parents passed away a couple of years ago, my brother and I now run the family farm.

2. Age, occupation?

40 (I can’t believe I’m 40, I don’t feel 40). I’m a mom, a farmer, and a nurse at St. Francis. Never a dull moment.

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

I had a friend ask me to do the bridge run with her last year. I ran pretty regularly with my lab/great dane mix Moe, so I figured I could pull it off. About 6 weeks before the run, I decided to go for a 5 mile run without Moe. I was panting heavily and cramping after the first block. I had an “oh, shit” moment when I realized the dog had been running me, not the other way around. I talked about it with my husband, who told me I’d never make it over the bridge. I called my friend Wendy, who sent me immediately to cfi and turned me on to paleo. I cruised into the door for my first wod, not knowing a soul (this was before fundamentals) and there were large, muscular boys climbing up ropes at lightning speed. I had another “oh, shit” moment. However, 6 weeks later I ran the bridge in 1 hour, 6 min, and 6 seconds. With no other preparation than daily WODs, 5 days a week, at cfi. However, for what it’s worth, I still sometimes walk in, look at the board, and say “oh, shit”. Only now, I smile when I say it.

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

I have met the best friends I have at CFI. This is the most incredible group of people, and I am so lucky to be able to call everyone here my friend. I am constantly amazed by the level of kindness and support that I get from each of you every day. The physical challenges and the goals I have set and met, and the support and kindness of the friends I have made, have given me a level of self-confidence that I never had before.

I was not a very healthy eater before joining cfi. I never struggled with my weight, and never had to watch what I ate, so I didn’t. I was mostly vegetarian, but I figured out quickly that was not conducive to being a CrossFitter, so I converted, and now do a modified paleo diet, including high fat dairy, in order to maintain my caloric needs. My boys see the example of my healthy lifestyle, and the positive effect it has on me, and they learn from it. Which is very positive.

As far as my level of fitness, my gains have been amazing to me. I have been able to push myself to my physical limit, and then past it, to achieve more than I ever thought I could. I am healthier now than I have ever been in my life. I started out sweating with the 10 lb bar, thinking I would surely die on the floor. Now my 1 rep max for deadlift is 145, I can clean 65, and backsquat 115. OHS is 75. I weigh in at 94#.

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

I’d like to be able to do double unders. Not an “accidentally on purpose” double under like I do now, but a real, honest to goodness “I meant to do that” double under. I also want to deadlift twice my body weight and backsquat 1.5 times my bodyweight. If I could ever rx something with weight in here, I would be delighted!

6. What do you like most about CrossFit Integrity?

The people here are incredible, and the coaches are awesome. I’ve been to visit other CrossFits, and ours is the best, not just for the facility, which is excellent, but for the people. They make it a place that you can’t wait to come back to the next day for more.

7. Favorite WOD?

Jeremy’s WOD, because I love his sisters, and it means so much to them that we remember him with it.

8. Least favorite WOD?

Doesn’t exist. 🙂

9. Favorite CrossFit moment so far?

Getting my first pull up. I screamed out “Yes!!!!” And everybody stopped and stared at me for a minute, and then congratulated me.

10. Favorite CrossFit movement?

I have come to love to backsquat, due to my Hatch program with Catherine.

11. Least favorite movement?

Anything with the bar over my head. If my legs are shaking, it’s not because I’m tired, it’s because I’m terrified. Which only means I need to put on my big girl panties and do it more often.

12. Favorite place to eat in Charleston?

I prefer to cook myself, it eliminates the potential of paleo violation, but if I’m going out, McCrady’s is great!

CrossFit Integrity, Charleston, SC

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  1. Jeremiah S permalink
    March 4, 2012

    Carman, you are great! Love having you in class and have loved getting to know you. Plus, you’re always there with the tape when needed :P. Keep up the great work.

  2. Pat PTC M permalink
    March 4, 2012

    Your an asset to the gym. You are one of many great examples that crossfit is for everyone.

    Your dedication to paleo and healthy living is also great! keep leading those kids by example.

    Stay on your goals and those strength achievements will happen!

  3. Amy permalink
    March 4, 2012

    Great job Carman! You’ve come such a long way! Keep it up!

  4. Heather permalink
    March 4, 2012

    I luv you so much Carman! You are awesome!

    We will get those double unders one day. Keep up the good work.

  5. Terry S permalink
    March 4, 2012

    I talk about you all the time when I tell people about XFit. You are the embodiment of how XFit works for everyone and that you get out what you put in.
    I remember the first day you came in. I’m so proud to know you.

  6. Kelly Krajeck permalink
    March 4, 2012

    You rock Carmen! 🙂

  7. Api permalink
    March 4, 2012

    Way to go Carmen!! Love how you don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t reach a goal! Keep it up!

  8. Nick R permalink
    March 4, 2012

    Yea Carman! Great profile! You inspire me every time I work out with you! Keep up the good work!

  9. March 4, 2012

    Carman! You are AMAZING! I love working out next to you because you are great at encouraging & teaching me how to curse 😉 I Love You & can’t wait to see what you do next to show up everyone else! Thank you for inspiring me!

  10. Luciana permalink
    March 4, 2012

    Rock and roll, Carman! You are an incredible inspiration to all of us and most importantly your kids – they will follow in your footsteps. I love being in the same club with you – the “40+ club that kicks more ass than most 20-year olds” – YOU ARE AWESOME, CHICA!

  11. Carman permalink
    March 4, 2012

    Thanks everyone! I’m so lucky to have such an awesome group of friends!

  12. March 4, 2012

    Great job Carman!! Keep putting in the extra work! You have come a long way, keep it up!

    Row 500m

    WOD 12.2…. 77 reps

    8 minute alternating tabata:
    -GHD situps
    -GHD hip extensions

    OMMRC….. 166,274 meters

    CrossFit Integrity, Charleston, SC

  13. Vanny permalink
    March 4, 2012

    Great Job Carmen!!! You’re an inspiration!

  14. Alex Baker permalink
    March 9, 2012

    I love you Carmen. I’ve been waiting to see your profile.

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