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Member Spotlight — Alma Dell Smith

Tell us a little about yourself and what got you on the path to Crossfit and Nutrition over the last few years?

I’ve always been active, playing softball and swimming as a child, running in my 20’s, tennis, hiking and step classes with 8 pound weights into my 50’s. Then my son said I should start using 15 pound weights and by the way he wanted to start a CrossFit box and what did I think? We looked for a place to rent and then luckily found a martial arts studio space to buy. That was 6 years ago. The nutrition part came later. I mostly want to be as healthy as I can in my later years.

What keeps you coming back each day?

Kyle, who really cares about my progress and well being. And the other athletes, especially the camaraderie of the 5:30 am class. And the workouts at the beach.

How has your lifestyle changed since starting at CFJI? Has it helped with family life?

These days I am happy if I go to bed by 9:30 and am up by 5. It helps me at work mostly – clear head, persistence to task and looking forward to something every day outside of work.

If you had to do 100 reps of one movement (not running), what would it be?

Hollow rocks.

What do you like most about your workout crew?

They are dedicated, funny, sarcastic, enthusiastic and caring.

What are 1-2 of your goals for 2019?

Be able to pull myself onto a boat if I fall overboard. I intend to be on the water a lot this summer.

Favorite Lift?

Deadlift. I like the feeling of lifting heavy (my bodyweight)

Least favorite movement?

Overhead anything.

Least Favorite Gymnastic Movement?

I can’t do most of them so I scale them all.


Lakeland FL, Boston, Charleston

Favorite Charleston Restaurant?


If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Theatre producer

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Your life will be fuller than you ever dreamed.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

I’d like to see my husband again for a few hours, to say all that has happened to me and to find out what it is like on the other side.

One thing about me people would be surprised to know?

I am shyer than I look.

If the CFJI coaches came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?

shrimp and scallops with mixed veggies.Sautéed

What is your favorite movie?

Gone With the Wind

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

That the thousand year old Central Asian Tarim mummies were wrapped in tartan cloth like the Celts and had blonde hair. People have always liked to travel.

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