Margaret Herman

Member of the Month: Margaret Herman


Margaret Herman 




Livonia, MI.

Member Since:

October 2018.


What was your athletic background, if any?

Running since middle school, I tried other sports like basketball and boxing but it never stuck like running did. I like to dance but I don’t do it much.

What led you to Crossfit and CFA specifically?

I stared at the CFA page for about six months before I decided to actually call. I kept making excuses because I was so nervous about going, I thought I wouldn’t be strong enough or be able to keep up with the workouts. 

But the fact that I wanted to become a better runner won, I felt like my running plateaued and it was frustrating. I also wanted to enjoy exercising more. I put a lot of pressure on myself when it comes to running, because it also takes the edge off anxiety so it has a more serious side to it. I always have a route planned in my head for some future run, and it is so ingrained into my routine that it became a fixed part of my day and my anxiety. I liked that if I went to CrossFit, I had no idea what was coming and that it always felt rewarding to finish, no pressure, just everything that I put into it and a little more. I love being able to throw my entire mind and body into it and I love the burn in my muscles and my heartbeat in my ears. I don’t get that from running as much since the motion is as natural as walking.

What do you do when you're not at CFA?

Work on the ambulance, run, read a lot, find a new set of trails to hike, or play with my cat. I had a second job but I just quit.

When did you realize that CrossFit is right for you?

My job requires a lot of lifting and fast moving, like carrying our heavy heart monitor and first-in bag (first aid) up a flight of stairs, doing CPR, or lifting a patient into the ambulance with the 160lb stretcher. I can do all of this because Crossfit workouts mimic a lot of the movements I do or at least makes me stronger so I can do them. So CrossFit is not just for personal enrichment and enjoyment but definitely has practical purpose in my everyday life too.

Do you remember your first WOD?

Something with lunges and doing the inchworm across the floor. I remember during one of the beginner classes, Josh made a workout with the assault bike and box jumps and I did a face-plant onto the box because my legs were jelly from riding the bike and I didn’t give myself a second in between to actually stand and prepare myself.

What movement do you despise over everything and why?

Overhead squats, I think it is because of my lack of balance; I feel like I am going to fall or my arms are going to collapse and the bar is going to fall on my head and crush my skull. ha. fun.

What has been your all time favorite moment at CFA?  
Bringing the stray cat that wandered into CFA home and seeing someone I knew from CFA outside of crossfit. (Stacy at work). I met a great friend that day.:) Also doing “Clovis”. That brought two things I liked doing together into a brutal but rewarding mix.

What are your goals going forward and what do you think will help you achieve them?

Qualify for Boston Marathon, deadlift at least 250, do a handstand.
I think I have to get over my mental block and stop being such a chicken.

What motivates you during a tough workout?

I look up and see someone else working hard. Seeing so many people in the gym work hard and how much they want to get better and push themselves is incredibly motivating. Also, seeing someone get so excited after they get a new PR after they’ve been working hard on it.


What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness or just day to day life since starting CrossFit (before/after?)

More positive self talk and a healthier body image. I don’t get discouraged as easily. I also recover much faster from a hard workout/run.


What would you recommend to someone who is just starting out with CrossFit or is too afraid to try it?

Make a goal for yourself: whether it is a CrossFit movement you want to try or get better at or a weight you want to meet or an overall fitness goal you want to achieve. It’ll give you motivation, confidence, and a purpose. 


If you could have one skill or characteristic of another member at CFA what and from whom would it be? Or which other CFA member are you the most motivated by?

I don’t think I could just choose one. soo here’s a few. Kari, she always has a smile on her face when she works out and has such a positive attitude; Stacy, she has got an incredible mental capacity to do everything and anything, running, CrossFit, and life; Coach Kate, she has got to be one of the strongest people I know. I look up during a Saturday workout and she is not only casually dominating a workout but she is helping everyone else get better at the same time; Coach Josh, he has that “no BS” mindset and excitement/determination to get better no matter what it takes, not just for himself but for everyone else too; Isaiah because he puts his heart and soul into the workouts and he has already gotten so much stronger. Christine because of her passion to get better at everything she does; and Aalyah because she is definitely one of the most encouraging people there.

I could go on and on. I don’t know if I could ever choose just one person. I think we all bring something good to the table and that is one of the many reasons why this gym is so unique.

Quick Questions

Favorite Cheat Meal: Cheeseburger

Favorite workout song: Youngblood by 5sos. I like doing push-ups to this song for some reason? and Try by P!nk.

Favorite place you have traveled: Anchorage, Alaska (amazing trails to run on!)

Favorite Tv Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite CrossFit Athlete (if any): Tia-Clair Toomey

Coach's comment:

A few weeks ago during open gym I noticed Margaret just non-stop keep doing burpees pull-ups. Rep after rep she just kept going. After 15 or so minutes I asked her what she was doing and she said “Clovis.” If you are unfamiliar with that workout it is a 10 mile run and 150 burpee pull-ups. Which means at that point she had already started the workout with a 10 mile run... Now if that doesn’t describe Margaret’s work ethic then I don’t know what will. Consistent, hard working, and relentless to name a few. She has been an amazing addition to our community since last year and we have seen such a positive growth from her; not only physically but mentally. She has also found herself some new friends and even a new kitty in the process. Thanks for being an awesome part of CFA Margaret! - Coach Josh

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