Sunday, August 26, 2012

September Athlete of the Month- Anna Krachey

This month I am highlighting Anna Krachey from my M/W/F 615 women's only class at Central. She teaches photography at St. Edwards University and UT. Anna also attends my Lean Lifting classes for the past 18 months. She is gifted with pull ups, has excellent sprint form ( LOL ) and can champ any kettle bell workout. I love coaching this chick. She is always looking for more work, heavier lifts, gives 100% in class, and refuses to perform sumo dead lift high pull. Gotta love that. 

Over the last three years I have gotten to know Anna outside of the gym as well. We have grown to become incredible friends and have most of all the good dirt on each other. Without her knowledge, ear, presence, or absolute faith in me I would not have made this far in 2012. That is no understatement. We as friends have gone through some rough times, and have used each other to pull out of it.  I admire  her for how far she has come since I have known her in class and out of class. I respect her ability to make adult decisions so easily, and guide me into doing the same. I love her for the friendship she has shared with me, and am pretty damn lucky to know her. Here is what she has to say about the last three years:

  August marks my third year Crossfit-iversary and that means 3 years under the tutelage and keen eye of Coach Jen Shaw.  I was recruited into Crossfit Central by my wonderful friend Catherine Hart, whose inspiring success story was featured by CC in 2008.  
I know you've heard this before, and you'll hear it again, but I don't throw this statement around lightly; Crossfit has profoundly changed my life and the way that I think about myself, the things that challenge me, and the goals that I have set for myself.
My before picture is literal and metaphorical.  I'll let it speak for itself.
The crossfit ladies always talk about why we crossfit. The community, the support, the physical changes, etc. Only recently have I started to really hone in on why i do it and what drives my workouts: it makes me feel powerful. That feeling bleeds into every single part of my life and my outlook, optimism, confidence, my ability to help myself, meet my goals, feel successful and ultimately help others (I am a teacher). I joined Crossfit because I kept driving by and seeing women do pullups. I've always wanted to be able to do pullups and thought to myself there is no reason that they can learn how to do pullups and I can't.  That realization has permeated my life as an athlete and as a individual. It is something that i remind myself of often because  it is hard to look at something that you can't imagine being able to do and then go and persevere and do it. 

Jen is a great match for me as a coach- she is always on point, calls me out when I should up the weight, and also reminds me to be careful of my body and take care of myself.  And she's actually funny at 6:15 in the morning, which in my mind is pretty miraculous.   When I look at a lot of my most proud accomplishments/PRs in Crossfit, a lot of them happened because Jen told me I could go heavier, or just that she had the confidence that I could do something that intimidated me. Having someone that I respect and admire tell me that I can do something scary holds a lot of weight with me.   And so I did and I do.  She inspires a trust in me and I know in a lot of her other athletes that is crucial in a sport that can literally bring you to your knees in a good way or a bad way or both at the same time.  

This year has been challenging for me as an athlete.  I injured my lower back in January and was told that I would have to adjust my approach in improving my technical lifts because this injury is actually an anatomical issue. Yikes!  I had to learn how to rest in a sport that is defined by 3-2-1 go!  It was hard to mentally cope with losing some of the strength that I had worked so hard to gain and to re-formulate a lot of the WODS while my friends were progressing around me.  I was planning for a muscle up by the end of the year and am having to re calibrate my goals to get back some of the strength that I lost first.  One of the biggest lessons for me in this is keeping some perspective on my goals in the ever growing crazy Crossfit world around me. When I first started three years ago, I was about to turn 30.  I made the commitment to myself that I would grow stronger every year.  My commitment to myself is to be fit, healthy, and have fun.  I feel very grateful that I have found such a great community to be a part of and such a fearless and dedicated leader!


  1. Best before pic ever. I am so so so proud to have seen this amazing and inspiring transition! Love you Anna Krachey!

  2. Brilliant write-up by both. Congrats Anna.