CFE Member Spotlight - Brenda Rothrock

Name: Brenda A. Rothrock

Age: 52

Family: Husband: Tim. 2 grown children. (Ariel and Alex) Ariel-married and crossfits in Mattoon.

Son Alex in College in PA. 1 grand-daughter, 2 big fluffy dogs. Gus and Grace

Employment: Patient Services Coordinator – Audibel Hearing

Years doing CrossFit: 7

Favorite movement: Push Press, Shoulder to Overhead – anything, running, KBS

Least favorite movement: assault bike, Snatch, front squats

What made you start CrossFit? Peer pressure from husband and friends. Only signed up to

prove that in fact I could NOT do it. Whoops.

What do you enjoy most about CrossFit? Workouts are always varied – and having a

community that cares. I don’t have to be the best. I just have to be the best me.

How has CrossFit affected your everyday life? More conscious of the need to move, and stretch

and stay active – helps with endurance. Before Crossfit – I had never ran a mile. One of our

first WODS, we had to run a mile for time. I ran a mile. First time – and I was 45 years old. I

cried. I signed up for a 5k, then a 10k, then a half, then a marathon – now, I am an ultra

runner. My furthest distance thus far in one outing is 68.5 miles. The good Lord willing – this

summer – I am going to finish 75 miles in 24 hours.

What are some of your current CrossFit goals? To keep showing up and staying active to give

me the best chance to enjoy health and longevity for an active lifestyle of running, hiking,

playing w grandkids and dogs.

What is your proudest CrossFit moment? I have unwillingly participated in 2 crossfit

competitions. Once – came in next to last – and the other time – dead last. Felt like a winner.

Went above and beyond my comfort zone and did every movement – and weight that was in

my category. I can’t imagine what the actual winners felt like – because just doing it was

awesome – it wasn’t a feeling of “oh, look what I did” it was more – “ Look what I was able to


When you aren’t at CrossFit Enhance, what is your favorite thing to do? Read non fiction.

Always have a good book – and a lists of books waiting. I love to cook and feed people. I am a

big fan of Sunday afternoon naps. Very involved in our church and youth and trying to show

others the love of Christ. Any time with my children and grand daughter is a day well spent.

What would say to someone considering to join CFE? If I can – anyone can. The saying is true-

just show up. Be the best you that you can be. We only get one body.

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