Around the Whiteboard: Abi Glisson

Certifications/Experience: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, BIRTHFIT Coach
Favorite WOD: Anything I can Rx (i.e., no gymnastics)
Favorite Lift: Clean & Jerk
Deadlift: 270#
Back Squat: 205# (3RM)
Snatch: 95#
Clean and Jerk: 120#
Favorite Food: Pizza and Ice Cream
Favorite Movie: I have very low standard for entertainment…
Favorite Athlete:
Dream Job: Mom and Birth world changer
Dream Vacation Destination: Ireland, Iceland, Islands with Beaches
Favorite Workout Song: The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder
Favorite Motivational Quote: Keep showing up.

How did you find CrossFit and what drew you to getting started?
“We we moved to Suwanee, I googled for gyms near me. No Excuses was literally the closest gym to my house, and the idea of CrossFit intrigued me, so I figured I would try it out. I had also just come from a “group class” setting, so I knew that aspect would be important to me.”

How long have you been doing CrossFit?
“About 2.5 years–since September 2014.”

What impact has CrossFit had on your life, lifestyle, and level of fitness?
“CrossFit has absolutely had a huge positive impact on all aspects of my life. I am definitely more fit than ever before, and that enables me to live life more fully and independently (I recently moved a king-sized mattress by myself!). The community and support network I’ve gained keeps me grounded so that I’m better able to go out and tackle the world. And of course, those endorphins keep me a *lot* more sane than I would be otherwise!”

What is your athletic/movement background? How did you get started in that?
“I actually grew up as a dancer–clogging and Irish dance. I got started when a fellow Girl Scout Troop member had to teach someone her style of dance to earn a badge. And then I just kept doing it for the next 12 years! So I didn’t play many “sports,” but watch this video and try to tell me that’s not at least athletic ;)”

Have you always known that you wanted to be involved in training and coaching others?
“Nope, not at all! But pretty much as soon as I started Crossfit, I drank the Kool-aid so hard that I knew I would be involved for a long time. Coaching felt like the natural progression to learn more about our sport and to become a better athlete myself as well.”

What do you love most about coaching others?
“I love watching an athlete work hard at becoming better at moving. This does not mean beasting out huge weights or fast times (though that’s impressive, too). I mean, someone committing to improving their squat form, or getting more efficient on the erg by focusing on technique. That’s what I love seeing in athletes.”

Tell us about a CrossFit moment or achievement of which you are particularly proud.
“I loved winning Birthday Bash VIII with Lindsay, Adam, and Bill as teammates! We just set out to have a lot of fun and work hard, and it turned out it paid off!”

What is one goal you have yet to achieve in CrossFit but are working hard towards?
“Consistency! It’s very hard to control performance-based goals, but you can control behavior-based goals. After a few health setbacks over the past year or so, I’m ready to be back in the gym 4-5 days per week. I’ve been consistent in the past by prioritizing my “appointment” with myself at the gym, and now that my health is improving, I am working to be back in the gym on a very regular basis.”

What are your hobbies and interests outside of CrossFit?
“Of course my #1 interest is my son. Watching a child learn about the world is the coolest thing ever.  I am also very passionate about helping women through the motherhood transition. Coach Laura and I are working hard to make BIRTHFIT Atlanta a world-changing force. Don’t be afraid to reach out to us with any questions around birth or pregnancy–we’re here to help!”

What is your advice for new members?
“Keep showing up! Ask questions of your coaches and long time members! We all remember being the new person in the gym and having no idea what is going on. Ask questions so you understand the workout and what is the best scale for you to meet your fitness goals.”

What do you love most about No Excuses CrossFit?
“The Community!!! (Of course!) I love how supportive everyone is of each other. No Excuses is the safe space to be yourself and work hard. Don’t be afraid to try something hard–even if you “fail,” you are surrounded by supportive workout partners who want to see you succeed!”