We, the Solace coaching staff, are very excited to award our March Member of the Month to Hannah Slater! Hannah has been a member with us for almost 8 months and is a regular in the early morning Crossfit and Body classes. Not always a morning person (who is right?), her coaches and classmates have helped Hannah to look forward to those early workouts and set her up for the day ahead.
Hannah loves the variety of classes Solace offers and incorporates everything from Crossfit, to Body, to Elite, to Build into her workouts. She has attributed the variety in her training to her increased strength both physically and mentally.
“I find that change and variety help me grow both physically and mentally. By experiencing different formats, instructors, routines and classmates, I am exposed to “new” all the time. This helps me strengthen my body in different ways while keeping my mind open and my experiences diverse.”
From the entire community and staff at Solace, we want to thank you for being such a valuable member of the community. So what are you waiting for?! Keep reading to learn more about our March Member of the Month!
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Member of the Month
Name: Hannah Slater
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Occupation: Personal Trainer
How long have you been doing CrossFit and how did you get into it? I first tried Crossfit back in 2011. I took a short hiatus and rejoined the Crossfit community this past summer.
What were your thoughts after your first CF workout? I loved the intensity and the challenge that it brought to my fitness routine. I was excited to try something totally new.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? First and foremost, I wanted to learn. The barbell and all the movements surrounding it were totally new to me. I had also reached a plateau in my former routine and I knew taking on a new challenge like CrossFit would help me surpass it.
How did you find Solace and what has kept you with us?
A personal trainer at my former gym encouraged me to check Solace out, knowing I would really enjoy it. The energy, the community, the variety of classes, the coaches, my fellow classmates and how hard they work day in and day out are what keeps me coming back.
You do a little bit of everything at Solace. Talk to us about that and how the variety has impacted your training? I find that change and variety help me grow both physically and mentally. By experiencing different formats, instructors, routines and classmates, I am exposed to “new” all the time. This helps me strengthen my body in different ways while keeping my mind open and my experiences diverse.
What or who was the biggest motivator/inspiration? My Dad, who “got me going” from the start (literally and metaphorically) and Ilaria Montagnani, who helped me to be disciplined about it.
What has been the most challenging part of your journey? Biggest obstacles? I tend to avoid my weaknesses (i.e. I’d rather push-press my body weight ad nauseum than do a single back squat). Thankfully, Solace faces me with my weaknesses every day.
What changes have you made to your daily life, diet & workout routine that have been the most successful for you? I used to equate commitment to my physical potential with the frequency of training sessions. Solace has taught that less can be more. The results I’m getting motivate me to listen to my body, take rest days when needed, and pay extra attention to how I eat (all homemade meals — except perhaps a meal out once a week or so).
How has Solace positively affected you both inside and outside the gym? As much as I cringe when the alarm goes off at 5:45, and unbeknownst to me, I can be an early riser and actually enjoy it. Without fail, an early Body or CrossFit class always sets me right for the day ahead.
What keeps you motivated? The friendliness of the people, the challenge of the classes, the knowledge and encouragement from the instructors, my friends slowly changing gyms to Solace, and how great all of it makes me feel.
Biggest achievement at Solace so far? See reference to getting up early, and multiply by 3. Add rope climbs, toes-to-bar, and ALMOST a bar muscle-up.
Current goal you’re working on? I’m determined to get a bar muscle-up!
Something no one at the gym knows about you: I used to be 30 lbs heavier than I am now. I quit my corporate job 3 years go to become a personal trainer and I’ve never regretted my decision. I am also ALWAYS hungry. (OK, that’s three things nobody knew about me.)
When you’re not at Solace, where are we most likely to find you? Most likely eating, training folks; working out with friends; traveling the world.
Pre and post workout meal of choice?
First of all, know that this is the first question I answered 🙂 Pre-workout I love egg-whites and protein shakes. Post workout I love a good Argentine steak (with chimichurri), sweet potato fries, and roasted broccolini.
Favorite WOD/least favorite WOD: My favorite WOD is Diane. And my LEAST favorite is Fran.
Favorite lift/least favorite lift: My favorite lift is the push press/push jerk. My least favorite movement is the back squat and front squat.
Advice for someone looking to start CrossFit? Smile. Be humble. And know that your limits, are very likely, not your limits.
Knowing how far you’ve come, if you could give your past-self advice, what would it be? What are you waiting for? Do what you love.
Rapid Fire Questions
If you had a theme song, what would it be? The one whose name of which I can’t remember. #typical
What is your spirit animal? The bear.
Drink of choice: Tequila on the rocks
Last picture you took on your phone: My friend Vero (also proud recruit) at Solace!
Last book you read: You’re a Badass
Favorite reality show: What’s a reality show?
Last concert you went to: Brandi Carslile
Favorite pizza topping: Prosciutto (this is the second question I answered, clearly I prioritize food)
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Making my grandma Henrietta stay alive forever.
One thing you couldn’t live without: Honesty.
Favorite emoji: Smiley face
Last song stuck in your head: Havana OH-LA-LAAAAA…
Most important item in your gym bag: Whatever’s edible.
First album/CD/cassette you ever bought? NKOTB (I wonder if everyone will get that :))
Favorite hidden gem spot/restaurant in NYC: Minetta Tavern
Favorite healthy snack: Peanut butter on a chocolate rice cake (third question I answered)
Go to karaoke song: Just no.
Hidden talent: I can play the violin and the piano.
Anything else you’d like us to know? I was so truly touched to be selected as the member of the month!