Athlete Spotlight ~ Robin Gallant

Ryan Fulwider | wod | November 13, 2020| 0 Comments

Meet Robin! Robin originally joined Ardent Crossfit in July 2014, but sadly had to leave July 2015 when she got stationed at IIMEF. Robin retired from the Marine Corps in 2017 after 38 years and now works as the Chief Financial Officer for the United States Senate, Sergeant at Arms. She attends the 5:30 PM classes except on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s when she’s in Sean’s barbell classes. She also makes most of the Saturday classes. Her favorite movements are the ones that are the hardest for her with snatches topping the list (hence why she’s in Sean’s barbell class). Outside the gym and work, she enjoys cooking and her awesome grandkids. If you see Robin around the gym, make sure and say hi! If you don’t, she will…she’s definitely not shy!

1. Why did you join Ardent? In April 2014, I met Misty Posey who coached me in doing pull-ups so I could do them for the PFT. In two short months, she got me from 0 to 8 pullups. After a successful PFT, she asked me if I wanted to go to CrossFit with her. I didn’t know what CrossFit was but figured if she’s doing it, it must be good. Started going in July 2014. Sadly left in July 2015 when I got stationed at Camp Lejeune; however, I would pull up their workouts and do it at the HITT Center on base. I continued doing the workouts at the TBS gym on Quantico. When the Senate went to teleworking in March, and the week after Ardent opened up in May, I signed myself up and I have been going ever since. BIG difference between doing Ardent workouts with a group than it is doing it lone ranger!! I am much happier doing it with a group.

2. What’s been your biggest accomplishment? My lifts and the assault bike. I really needed the coaching for my lifts, and I am getting so much out of Sean’s class. I’m very focused on form over the amount of weight right now and I LOVE when the coaches correct me. Coaches, please keep correcting me when I’m not getting low enough on my squats or I’m not getting under the bar fast enough. Rowing is fun, but the assault bike isn’t. Because my achilles tendon has been a problem, I’ve been substituting the assault bike for runs. As a result, the assault bike and I have had a much better relationship with each other.

3. What are you working on now? Snatches and anything overhead, which means I need to also work on my shoulders and thoracic spine mobility. So I’ve been working on that because I really want to increase the weights on my overhead lifts. I also need to get better at working on kipping for both my pull-ups and toes 2 bar. For right now though, I’m focused on form….and the coaches will correct me if I’m sacrificing form for speed. At the ripe old age of 29 (for the 31st year), I need to be careful not to injure myself!!!

4. What’s your favorite Ardent memory? Kasey Fulwider providing me much needed encouragement on the overhead lunge workout we did back in 2015. She posted about it back in April and that made me more determined than ever to get my butt back to Ardent.

5. What motivates you to continue at Ardent? The coaching is truly phenomenal. Each coach at Ardent truly cares about you and I have learned something to make me better from each of them so thank you Ardent for having such professional, caring coaches. Just as importantly, the people who go to Ardent. My daughter Tara moved about 2 hours away, joined a CrossFit box out her way. She was very disappointed at how cliquish it was. She wishes she was closer in so she could be back at Ardent. The great coaching and great camaraderie exist because of the Ardent leadership. So hats off to Ryan and Kasey for making this possible.

6. As a Master Athlete, how do you approach every workout? Especially as a Master Athlete, you have to be consistent and show up as often as possible. I took 2 months off of working out at the beginning of the Pandemic and when I started back at Ardent after that amount of time off, I was incredibly upset with how much endurance I lost. I also think I am much more appreciative of pre-workout stretching and mobilization than I was when I was younger. I encourage all you young folks to focus on that, you will thank me when you get older!

7. What would you tell your pre-Ardent self about starting CrossFit if you could go back in time? I definitely wished I had known about it sooner and I wished the Marine Corps had embraced HITT, CrossFit by another name, sooner. Ryan posted something one time about how CrossFit was functional fitness that focused on 10 areas: Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance; Stamina; Strength; Flexibility; Power; Speed; Coordination; Agility; Balance; and Accuracy. These 10 areas become even more important as you get older. I am excited for all the young athletes at Ardent because you guys will all be kicking it when you become 29 (for the 31st time) like me!

8. What are your favorite hobbies outside of CrossFit? Cooking – because of love food!