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December Athlete Spotlight: Nikki Michaels

Movements and lifts are really starting to click for Nikki, who has been coming consistently for almost a year and a half. Pull-ups, Olympic Lifting and who knows what's next!

Take a look and say hello to Nikki Michaels!

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Name: Nikki Michaels

Age: 24

Profession: Wine Writer

How long have you been a member at Cave CrossFit?

Since August 2014 — almost a year and a half!

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?

I've struggled with my weight and body image since I was 13. A few months after starting CrossFit, I suddenly realized that I no longer thought about whether or not I looked fat from the second I woke up in the morning. Instead, I started noticing changes in my muscles and my mentality, and now I'm hella proud of my huge thighs. #thickthighssavelives

What is your athletic background?

I swam competitively from six to 18.

Favorite WOD:

I actually don't even know if I've done enough of them to say...

Favorite Lift/Movement:

Push presses, jerks, and box jumps.

Least Favorite WOD:

Fran is the WORST.

Least Favorite Lift/Movement:

Front squats — the absolute bane of my existence.

What are your proudest achievements?

FINALLY getting my kipping pull-ups.

Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit?

Because I intend to be doing this for awhile, I'm going to shoot high here — MUSCLE-UPS, HERE I COME!

Any advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started?

Just do it, no matter your level of fitness. I'd never lifted at all before starting at Cave, and I'm pretty sure I looked like an idiot — but now, I sort of know what I'm doing! You'll be addicted after the first week of classes, and it'll change the way you think about exercising and living healthfully. And for those who've just started — don't base the weight you lift or how you fast you row or how many reps you get on the other athletes you're working out with. You'll end up injuring yourself and getting discouraged, and that blows. Put in the work, and focus on your performance — not anyone else's. We all start somewhere!