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Westbank Warrior of the Month – October 2017

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Editor’s Note: In departure from our usual interview style, this month’s Westbank Warrior of the Month has written a heartfelt testimonial about her CrossFit journey. We are proud to share it with you.


My CrossFit Story

By Amelia Pellegrin


I never knew I would love a barbell so much.

I am not an athlete, by any means. And I never in a million years would have guessed how much I would LOVE heavy lifting. I am hooked on CrossFit and on the community it builds. As a forty-year old working mom, I am amazed at how much I look forward to my time at CrossFit Algiers. It’s inspired me so much to find something I love to do, with people that make me want to be better each day.



But really, why CrossFit? If you looked at me you wouldn’t ever guess this is my 5 day a week training plan (plus a little powerlifting in there too). Well, here’s why:



Sure I can now squat 200 pounds. Like a boss. But the mental strength gains are worth more than anything. That big muscle in my noggin is the most important muscle to me. It keeps me going through tough times. It makes the rest possible. I came out of that 6 week boot camp in 2016 with the BELIEF and the PROOF that if I worked hard and didn’t give up I would get stronger every day. Even on the shitty, hard days when I don’t want to do the WOD.  I may be the slowest to finish most WODs in the box, but I will always be faster than the people on the couch – and that was me every day before I started CrossFit




Who would’ve thought 50 burpees and sprints on a hot August day would be fun? Not me. But put me out there with a class of  CFA peeps and I’m in. For anything. Some of the most amazing athletes and friends, moms, dads, sisters and couples. They inspire me. They make me laugh. They keep me going. They are my people.



In November, I will be undergoing intensive surgery to prevent breast cancer since I am BRCA2 positive – a genetic mutation that makes me very high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. While I am thankful I get to make this choice, the surgery will be long, and the recovery tough. I am afraid that I won’t be able to come back to the CrossFit Algiers community that is now part of who I am for a very long time. And then I remember that the strength – mental and physical – I have gained through the past year of CrossFit will see me through this. And the community.  Another CrossFitter’s advice to me was so fitting: “Go in strong and come out stronger. Look at it like a WOD. You look at the board…gulp…and DO IT. When you’re done, you lay in a puddle of sweat…and know…you just did that shit. YOU did. Then you cheer others on.”

And that’s what we do at CrossFit Algiers. Cheer each other on and inspire strength. And I’m hoping to be back soon after November to continue to cheer you all on. Thank you to my coaches and my whole CrossFit tribe – your support means the world to me!!!


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CrossFit Algiers, WBBC NOLA – CrossFit


Nickman (Time)

With a 55-lb. and 35-lb. dumbbell, 10 rounds for time of:

200-meter farmers carry with both dumbbells

35-lb. weighted pull-ups, 10 reps

55-lb. dumbbell power snatches, 20 reps, alternating arms
U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas B. Burley, 22, of Red Bluff, California, died July 30, 2013, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by indirect fire. Burley was assigned to 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Burley is survived by his mother, Tammy Kneebone; father, Mike Burley; brothers, Michael Collins, Zachary Miller and Will Burley; and many other friends and family.
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It is unlikely that anyone will be able to finish this in the classtime allotted. We are capping the time at 45:00 to keep the intensity and safety high. Scale weight before reps for experienced athletes. New athletes should scale weight and reps. May use varying weights (i.e., heavier on the farmer’s carries but lighter on the snatches and pull ups.)