This month’s spotlight athlete is one of our top female competitors and sure to make a run for The Games in 2012. Deana Gillespy joined CrossFit Fury in April 2010 and after a short hiatus has come back with a vengeance and is proving herself to be a top performer inside and outside the gym,winning the Lift It/Love It competition along with Will Trujillo back in mid August. Here is Deana’s short journey into CrossFit:

When Did you start CrossFit: I started in April of 2010, but took about a nine month hiatus, so a total of about seven months CrossFitting.

Why Did you start CrossFit: I was searching online for some exercises to spice up my own routine and came across some CrossFit videos. I started searching specifically for these (obsessing) and using some in my workout, but knew I wanted to get the coaching to become proficient at the movements. I tried out a couple of Crossfit gyms and finally landed at Fury, where some of my friends already trained and where I felt I would receive the best possible coaching. The constantly varied and intense workouts attracted me at first and the community at the gym locked me in.

What kept you coming back/motivated: I saw pretty solid gains immediately, both esthetically and in my performance. I was getting stronger and faster and felt amazing! The competition was also a huge draw for me. Having been a competitive athlete back in the day, I missed that edge in my workouts. There is always somebody better than me to push me to be better myself. The coaches are amazing and I never have any doubt about their skill, competence and desire to make every one of us better, regardless of our level of ability. The community at the gym is, by far, the most welcoming I’ve ever come across. Nowhere have I ever pushed so hard to compete with another person and then turn around and yell for or be yelled for as we all do for each other.

How long did it take you to go from Basics to CrossFit Prep: I had previous experience with Olympic lifting, so when I came to Fury I immediately started up with CrossFit.

What is the best thing you have gotten out of doing CrossFit: Confidence!

What is the one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do? RX all of my workouts… I remember one of the first WOD videos I watched was Fran and I thought, “No freaking way will I be able to EVER do that!” Checked Fran off my list a few weeks ago!

What is one goal you have reached? And one goal you still hope to reach? I’m pretty damn proud of winning my first competition. I was competing against some girls that were literally half my age… It was a great feeling and gave me the bug for competition. I’d like to continue to compete and grow as an athlete. I’d especially love to share what I learn with other individuals.

Additional Comments: I’m humbled daily by the accomplishments in the gym. Regardless of any individual’s level, from the most elite to those who have overcome major obstacles to turn around their health, everybody’s efforts are amazing. I’m inspired everyday by the people with whom we surround ourselves at Fury.