June 1, 2015 by thao

Shannon Enger


June 2015 Athlete of the Month
June 2015 Athlete of the Month


Q. What have been your greatest successes (physically,mentally or emotionally) since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?

The greatest success has been seeing changes in my body physically and mentally. I still get a little nervous when I go on a trail run with Mike that in the past was really hard for me. Now I show up to those same trails and feel mentally and physically stronger. Crossfit kicks your butt, but it also strenthens your mind and confidence at the same time. There is something humbling about getting your butt kicked on a regular basis, but know that I come out stronger on the other side.
Q. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?

My life has changed in that I get to participate and be apart of an amazing team/family here at Crossfit DNR. I get to work out with my two best friends, my daughter and my husband. I used to run all the time with Mike but his running took off and his success in 100 mile runs was not something I could do. With crossfit, we get to work out together and use this time to be physically fit as time together instead of time apart doing seperate things. It crossed over to my family life for sure and my social life. We have made new friends. This is more than a gym, it is a crossfit family. 

Q. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?

Crossfit is the best cross-training activity for me. It pairs nicely with my running. I still get to run which I love but I look forward to my days off where I can do crossfit. Secretly enjoy the snow/ice now in the winter more because it means I get to go to crossfit instead of run before work. I run to stay cardio fit, to de-stress and to burn the energy out of my two huskies. It is my mental health counseling. Crossfit brings a completely different feeling of success and I measure it differently. I feel stronger and leaner and it make my running days easier. I am a competitive person but I got burned out competing in running races. (my daughter and husband often tease me for this) Crossfit allows me to nurture my competitive side.

Q. What advice can you give to others?

Just start…Just try. You will be sore at first but that gets better and before you know it, you will crave those sore days. I hate it when I have a tough work schedule and I am not able to get to crossfit as much as I would like. You will be addicted. The support from Kody and Kyle is amazing. I would never go back to a traditional gym. Crossfit DNR is home. I was at the RAC for 10 years or more and couldn’t imagine life with out the RAC and body pump. I don’t even think about the cost of crossfit because it is my routine and a part of my daily life. I can’t imagine working out somewhere else. Crossfit is an investment in me!

Athlete Specific Q. How do you feel about “Coach JoJo” being able to tell you what to do?

I am so excited for Jojo. She can tell me what to do…only in this gym!! Haha. No but seriously she is wise beyond her years and we have grown up together. She is more than my daughter. She is passionate, driven and has the best personality to coach. But don’t get me wrong…I like to and can compete and kick her butt! She challenges me to step out of the box and work on heavier weight, more olympic lifting. I challenge her to get her heart rate up. We are a good team, as well as comedy relief at the gym somedays.


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