December Athlete Focus 2019: Amie Owens

Member Since: January 14, 2012

“Amie has been with us a part of the TorqueNation family since she was an employee at ReebokHQ (part of the original team who partnered with CFHQ back in 2009/2010). She always brings a smile to class and is the FIRST to introduce herself to new faces at the gym, and the first to volunteer herself for an event at the gym. She created one of our #TorqueNationCares non-profits: k4k (kettlebell4kids) back in 2014 and leads the team today. It has a fantastic mission – check it out!” -Amanda

Hello! I am a brand strategy and global insights consultant by day and founder/president of kettlebells4kids by night. Having worked at Reebok, I did all of the undercover investigation on “these crazy people, who do ridiculously insane workouts” to determine if Reebok and CrossFit would be a good fit. I quickly learned that this thing called CrossFit was simply a group of genuine people united by the desire to help themselves and everyone around them get stronger.

I joined the CrossFit Torque family in November, 2011. I remember walking into CFT for my first 1:1 session with former Coach Kenny and almost cried when I couldn’t even hold my own body weight on the rings! It was a moment I will never forget. I remember thinking, “how on earth can I be this weak?”. I knew that day that I was committed to getting stronger.

From day one there has never been any judgement from the coaches at Torque. Many times I am the last to finish a workout, yet coaches and members are always there with me when I finish. There has never been a time when I have felt embarrassed of giving it my best. While I can get frustrated with myself, the coaches (and members) are always reminding me that every day I show up, I am still getting stronger.

I am proud of many things that I have accomplished. One of the biggest milestones for me was running my first mile on April 16, 2013. It was the morning after the Boston Marathon bombings. Until that day I had always allowed asthma to tell me that I couldn’t run. I remember that morning thinking “…but I can run. I am here today, I have two legs. I can run.” So I ran, one mile at Torque, and didn’t stop for the first time in my life. Flash forward to February 12, 2017 ~ one of my proudest (and one of the hardest) moments was receiving my CrossFit Level 1 certification, followed by CF Kids cert. 

I love when a workout involves rope climbs, kipping pull-ups and handstand push-ups (um, one day without 2 ab mats – HAHA!) 

I think the biggest challenge for me, is ME. We all have good days and bad. For me it is about not getting frustrated with myself when old (non-CrossFit) injuries flare up and remember I can always scale any movement and still get a great workout!

So, here’s my advice to someone who wants to start CrossFit but hasn’t been able to convince themselves:

You are never too old to start CrossFit. I celebrated my 1/2 way to 100 (a.k.a. 50) a couple of years ago and made a promise to myself that day, after I finally did the ‘Filthy 50’ (workout). I will not let my age define what I can or can’t do. I no longer think of working out as something I have to do – it is something I can do and something I get to do with the encouraging coaches and motivating members at CrossFit Torque.

“Just. Keep. Moving.”

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