“CrossFit makes me feel like I can achieve my goals – Will thinks I am going to be an Olympic lifter. I’m thinking maybe Olympic swimmer” Taylor Mellon, CrossFit Fury student athlete.
Twelve year-old student-athlete, Taylor Mellon is your typical first born child. Determined, dedicated and naturally competitive, Taylor began swimming competitively at the age of five and began club swim at the age of six.
About two years ago, her mother, Colleen, signed up Taylor for the CrossFit Kids program at Fury. Taylor loved it, but soon conflicting club sports schedules and homework responsibilities prompted Colleen to look into personal training to better fit their busy lives. That’s when Taylor began one-on-one training sessions with Fury coach Will Trujillo.
“Taylor is a monster, she is naturally one of the most competitive and talented athletes I have ever met” Will Trujillo.
At 4’9” and 75 lbs., Taylor is one of the smaller athletes in her age division for the sport of swimming. Passion and drive have pushed her to work harder and smarter, but her size still puts her at a deficit when going into and coming off the wall. “Walls” is the term used to describe the movement a swimmer uses when approaching the wall (how and when they reach it) and coming off of the wall (the explosiveness or power used to turn and push off of it). The ability to explode off the wall is key for Taylor in order to make up distance for what she lacks in height.
“Her structure puts her at a disadvantage as an elite swimmer but she more than makes up for it in overall body awareness and movement intelligence. Simply put, she is a phenomenal mover” Will Trujillo, CrossFit Fury Student-Athlete coach.
Taylor’s training at Fury helps her with two specific things: strength and explosiveness, which will help her off the wall. Additionally, exposure to a variety of different motor patterns are utilized to reduce the likelihood of repetitive stress injuries common to swimmers. Since she began personal training with Will, she has seen tremendous growth in strength and conditioning which has translated to both swimming and track.
For instance, last year her mile run was close to 8:00 minutes, this year she ran a 7:02 mile and a 22:07 5K. Her time bested four of the six Fury coaches at the Heart & Sole 5K earlier this year. Last year she ran 4.2 miles in 34:48 at the Pat
Tillman “Pat’s Run” and this year she improved her time to 31:53 in the same event and placed 4th out of all 12 year-olds and 30th overall in the 1-19 age division.
Taylor is also top tier in the following events for swim: 1 mile freestyle, 1000 yard freestyle, 400 IM (individual medley), 200 fly, 50 fly and 500 yard freestyle. Comparing her 2013 and 2014 times (from beginning of season to end of season) shows that she as improved in every single one of her events. For example, in March, 2013 her 50m Fly time was 33.48 seconds compared to a 30.97 second time in the same event in March 2014.
Her 200M Fly time in October of 2013 was 2:53.63 minutes and in March of 2014 she improved by more than 20 seconds with a time of 2:32.38 minutes. This year her times in the 1000 and 1650 Free landed her in 6th and 8th place in State,respectively.
Although she is a focused athlete and also a straight “A” student on the National Honor Society, she is still a twelve year-old who loves her vacations, music, social media and of course, hanging with her friends. Taylor just finished her middle school track season and is back at Fury working on her strength. But she’s also ready for what summer holds – more swimming, friends, music and maybe a vacation or two.