June 2018 Athlete of the Month #AOTM
Happy Friday, fitness people!
Today is the last Friday for the month of June and as promised, another episode into our Athlete of the Month series! Each month, our coaches will choose one member to be featured in this series. We hope this series would boost our athlete’s motivation, show our appreciation for our members and also empower our athletes to do their best in their training.
Joyce Marlyn – also known as Jujie, also btw known as the M in DMC, which was the name the gang has playfully given Jujie and the group of friends she first joined the box with. The always inseparable DMC. We remember them as the quiet ones, walking in the box together, working out together and always working hard together.
It’s been 3 years since Jujie joined us, and if we thought she was shy back then, it’s not at all the same anymore now! In normal classes, she would silently and cheekily scale down her weights. When we catch her doing so, she usually playfully replies “berat bah”. And then she proceeds to crush the workout with a smile. We’re never fooled though! Jujie has shown nothing but fierce determination when it’s needed the most. She puts up a fight when it matters and that’s something we’ll always appreciate from her.
We speak a lot about athletes who catch our attention with a dominating performance, but we also think that athletes who show consistency, comes in the box with the best of intentions for themselves and treats everything as a learning opportunity deserve the spotlight.
We are very lucky to have met Jujie and to call her a friend. We’d like you to meet her too!
Jujie, we consider you an OG! How has your experience/goals/intentions change throughout your journey with us?
At first, I joined CrossFit just because I want to lose some weight and I’m kind of bored during that time because I have nothing to do after work. I join it without thinking much, without any research about what CrossFit really is and also because my friends joined it. *laughs
But then, it’s a decision that I will never regret. I’ve learned a lot, especially in living a healthy lifestyle. CrossFit helps me to appreciate myself even better. So, right now it’s more than just losing some weight and killing the time because I have nothing to do. It became a part of me already.
Besides, this journey also helps me to shape my personality. I become more disciplined, positive and happy person. Every time I finished WOD, I feel like I have accomplished something. A feeling that cannot be expressed much with words. Looking back, sometimes I even amaze myself on far I have come. I was once a very ‘fragile’ person.
Thus, I want to continue being active and living a healthy lifestyle!
What keeps you here?
I love what I’m doing here. I am excited to accomplish further milestones for myself by continuing to push past my limits. I still have a lot of skills to learn. Slowly but surely!
What's your motivation to get up and come to the box everyday?
I’ve read somewhere “starting something is easy but staying consistent, the struggle is real”. But then, everyone starts somewhere, and I remembered why I started. Again, I want to continue being active and living a healthy lifestyle.
At the box, we have this ‘family vibes’ that makes me feel so comfortable. Besides, we have the best, friendly and supportive community ever. The coaches are very helpful and kind. Looking at the new members reminds me that I was once a new member as well – it helps me to stay grounded. And looking at the old members reminds me to keep on improving myself. Everyone inspired me to come to the box everyday!
If we ever have a living embodiment of "fitness for the long haul", we have no doubt that Jujie would be it.
Article written by Liyana Sidek.