Happy holidays everyone! Hopefully the last few days have been filled with good times and excellent food, and hopefully Santa sticks around and hands out some holiday PR’s as well. Better late than never, we’re here for the MVP award for the month of November here at VSC. Yes, November. I’d like to congratulate Alina Craig for her efforts not only this past month – but entire year!!! You earned it Alina!

First of all, Alina is probably one of the nicest human beings I’ve met, AND she loves to workout. I mean what else do you need, right? Alina showed up back in June of 2015 and was eager to get into it. She had some goals in mind much like anyone does when they first walk through the door here and she looked pretty excited to get going! It was a bit rocky getting going as she would attend mostly morning classes and sometimes the alarm clock would be put on snooze, but she soon got into the swing of things. Alina appeared to me as someone who would continue working and never back down from a challenge if presented to her, but she faced probably some of the toughest challenges while she waited to get her tonsils removed and recovery time from when she finally did. It was tough for her to find the energy to get to the gym and she constantly battled some throat infections on and off for years, making it incredibly hard to not only maintain a level of health and fitness – but progressing was another challenge in it’s own. After finally getting the surgery done on her tonsils she took some time to recover and came back harder than ever. Whether she’s in town here or visiting home in Carlyle she makes no excuses getting to the gym and putting the work in. Since she’s been back in action she’s bumped up her membership from 4x/week to unlimited, took control of her nutrition and has made some SERIOUS progress, and shows no sign of slowing down what so ever. Whether it’s a PR at the gym or teaching piano at home, you can always catch her with a smile on her face. Congrats again Alina – 2017 is looking damn bright for you!!!

Alina Craig
Favorite WOD: “DT” Or Anything With Rowing or Deadlifts
Least Favorite WOD: Anything That Involves Running . . Or Listening to Drake.
Why CrossFit?
I have struggled with my weight and self-confidence for as long as I can remember. Over the years I had tried different gyms and fitness classes, but never stuck with any of them. Two years ago I was ready to make a change and my sister convinced me to try CrossFit. Since then, CrossFit has pushed me to do more than I ever thought possible – both physically and mentally. Not only have I gained strength, I have also gained confidence and self-acceptance that I have never had before. There is nothing more empowering than crushing a workout or completing a grueling one that you did not think you would be able to finish (and having people encouraging and cheering you on)! I cannot thank Brendon and all of the coaches enough for continuously challenging me and helping me realize what I am capable of.
Best Word That Describes You: Achiever