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Athlete Highlight: Emma Vasseur

Emma VasseurWhat made you decide to try CrossFit?

Working in the wellness industry exposes me to a lot of new and exciting ideas about exercise, nutrition, holistic health, healing, self-care, growth and development. I had been hearing a lot about CrossFit for the past year or so. I have to admit, I was really skeptical at first because everyone was SO INTO IT. I wasn’t sure how that was possible and assumed it was too good to be true. I found a CrossFit facility in Medina (I was living in the burbs at the time) and decided it was time for me to experience it myself, really see what the fuss was about. I was hooked immediately. The community, the intensity, the variety, and the progress I was making are all contributing factors to why CrossFit will be a part of my life for a very long time. I’ve seen great improvements in my strength not only physically but mentally and emotionally!

What is your biggest goal in the gym?

To show-up consistently, both physically and mentally and to give it my all. To not let the mental frustrations get in my way of progress. To be able to do pull-ups and hand stands without fear or doubt.

What do you like to do outside of the gym?

I love love love being in nature and spending time with my family and friends. A night in with good friends and great conversations is my absolute favorite. I also love to connect with others about their passions and hear what drives them forward in this wonderful life. Other things I like to do outside the gym are ride my bike, watch movies, listen to live music, read books about wellness and self-discovery (nerd alert) and travel.

What is the most important piece of advice you have ever received?

I’ve had the honor of meeting some amazing and wise people in my lifetime thus far but the most important piece of advice I’ve received is from my parents. They taught me to never judge anyone or speak poorly of others because you never know what they might be going through. And to always be kind. Kindness goes a long way and I truly believe it’s one simple way for all of us to contribute to making this world a better place. One other gem is from my experience in being trained as a Health Coach at the University of Minnesota and that is that self-care is the number one priority for those seeking to live life fully and authentically.

What kind of charitable works do you most like to engage in?

It’s been a while but my favorite charitable works I have participated in have included natural habitat restoration projects and mentoring children and teenagers.

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