Member Spotlight: Sara Brown
Sara Brown has been a member of The Combine for a little over two years. In that time she has improved as an athelte, her strength, and has honed in on her natrual gymnastics skills. Always dancing in between sets and joking with others; she brings energy to each class she attends. She also coaches our Young Athletes classes during the summer and between PT school breaks.
How did you discover The Combine [CSC] CrossFit? And how long have you been a member?
When I moved back to Austin for physical therapy school, I knew I wanted to continue Crossfitting and was SUPER picky when choosing where to go. After a month of being disappointed with programming at a different gym, I was told about The Combine from another physical therapy student and decided to give it a try. I’ve been hooked ever since! I’ve been a member since July 2015.
What has CrossFit at the Combine done for your personally? Physically?
The Combine has really become my second home in Austin. The people, the atmosphere and the incredible programming have not only made me a better athlete, but have been my stress relief through the stresses of physical therapy school. I don’t advertise on social media or to random people about being a total CrossFit nut, but the people at The Combine see me every day in my true form, which is also definitely my grossest and sweatiest form but still appreciate me for who I am.
Who/what inspires/motivates you or why do you workout?
Honestly, I workout to keep in shape and to stay sane during school. But it has become so much more than just a workout. It’s everything that I never thought I would ever be able to do considering I came from a dance background. It brings out my competitive side, and makes me continually want to get better.
What is one of your favorite moments you've had in CrossFit?
When I FINALLY got my first ring muscle up was one of my favorite moments in CrossFit. It actually happened only a couple months after starting at the Combine, but it was my one big goal I had at that time and it was super exciting when it happened!
What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of? Have you hit any recent PR's or achieved any other goal(s) in our outside of CrossFit? Any future goals?
My biggest goal is to be a Sport Certified Physical Therapist and hopefully work with either CrossFit or a sports team. As nerdy as it sounds, the biggest accomplishment I’m most proud of is being able to help out the other members of the gym by providing PT advice or working with them to make their aches and pains better.
What are your favorite CrossFit workouts or exercises/movements?
Anything body weight (aka the short girl answer)! I love pistols, handstand push-ups, handstand walks, and bar muscle ups. Just don’t make me row, deadlift or do wall balls … woof.
When you are not working out, how do you spend your free time?
If I’m not at the gym, I’m usually studying or doing some sort of school work unfortunately. But if I actually have free time, I binge watch Netflix, hang out by the pool, and eat way too much Hopdoddy with my friends (which I’m so okay with).