Sarah Elizabeth Scales
When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in June 2014.
What were you doing before Crossfit?
I played softball in high school and competitively in the summer. I did strength and conditioning for school ball and spent the better part of summer weekends in a squat.
Tell us something we might not know about you.
That’s interesting? Hmm. I have an extra bone in my right foot.
What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?
I’m convinced that if you can find a church or a CrossFit box, you can find a sense of community. WODs may be rough or you might not be feeling it on any given day, but the community of folks at Coyote make those days worth it. Lean into not only the fitness aspects of CrossFit but the character of the community of which you are a part!
Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time at Coyote?
One of my favorite memories is from January 2016. I got my first strict hand stand push-up without a plate on my 20th birthday which also happened to be the day West Virginia beat #1 ranked Kansas in men’s basketball. It was a fun day all around. There was one day I was the only one doing the workout in the class so I did it with a couple of the competitor guys. They kicked by butt, but it was a lot of fun!!
Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
Definitely. One of my dad’s favorite sayings is “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” In a workout you have to judge how hard you can push but still be able to maintain the overall pace you want to keep for the WOD. That translates so well to life. Whether it’s getting through a week of tests and presentations or just day-to-day things, I find the logic and approach to CrossFit helps me take things one bite at a time.
Tell us a little about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)
I’m from Madison, and I just graduated from Millsaps College with a major in biochemistry and minor in history. I played softball through my sophomore year of college and spent many a weekend with my mom and dad traveling to tournaments around the southeast. Now we like to take day trips to Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa to watch games when we can. I’m on only child, so my mom, dad, and I are a close bunch. Mrs. Carrie and I frequently talk about our love of Hamilton and the West Wing when we are in the gym at the same time. I am a proud West (by God) Virginia mountaineer!
What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
I breathe really loudly, so I was really worried about what the other folks in the box would think when they heard me breathing.
What were your goals when you joined Coyote?
I wanted some form of conditioning that would hold me accountable and have me prepared for conditioning tests in the fall. Beyond that, I had seen the enthusiasm that friends had for CrossFit, and I wanted to experience that for myself.
Have you achieved any of these goals?
For sure. I was ready for most anything that coaches pulled out of their hats for conditioning in college. I love CrossFit more now than when I started, and I am no less enthusiastic about getting to go in for a WOD.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I’m a sucker for a peanut butter and jelly on raisin bread. Or waffles.
What is your least favorite WOD?
Any workout with wall balls.
What is your favorite WOD?
I like Fran or anything with heavy weight.
-What is your least favorite lift?
What is your favorite lift?