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August Member Spotlight: Emma Shillman

Tell us a little about yourself and what got you on the path to CrossFit…

A Little bit about me is that, I live on James Island with my Boyfriend Brenden. I am obsessed with flamingos, champs, Britney Spears, and the newest addition to our family, my baby niece! I love to be out on our boat, or lounge on the beach, read books, cook, take trips and hang out with my family.

I started my journey to CrossFit because of my Brother-in-law, a former member who recommended I give Kyle a call and try a class. I was bored with my same basic gym schedule and I wanted to be challenged physically and mentally. I was beyond ready for a change and I am grateful for CFJI for giving me that change.

What keeps you coming back each day?

Since joining CFJI I noticed not only a change in my body becoming stronger, but how I feel mentally. I love how motivating each coach is and learning ways to better take care of myself physically and emotionally.. I have enjoyed making new friends and the support everyone shows each other makes working out FUN!

What is your favorite at-home exercise to do?

I am really big into making sure I get enough steps in the day- so power walking on the beach! But I am still trying to get a pull-up, so working on arms, back and lats.

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

I would squat

What are 1-2 of your goals for 2023? Have you accomplished any of these?

I still can not get over the fact that I climbed the rope this year. I still continue to practice this. I still can not believe that I was able to also bench 100lbs this year as well. I would love to hit a goal of 200lbs for squatting and to one day do a pull-up.

Favorite lift?

Big fan of working on my squats and bench press.

Least favorite Crossfit movement?

Honestly the math.. Like why so much..I am not coordinated to burpee box jump, I really think this will be how I embarrass myself


Hilton Head Island

Favorite Charleston Restaurant?

Royal Tern

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

Obviously be Britney Spears circa the 2000s and wear all her outfits

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

Love life and love yourself harder!

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

It would be my mother’s mother- I would have a glass of bubbles with my Grandmother Tillie!

One thing about me people would be surprised to know?

I am secretly in love with Peyton Manning

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

My mother’s famous and very southern Chicken and Broccoli casserole with homemade Hershey pie for dessert.

Give us a “Question of the Day” to use in class.

If Kyle asked you to write a WOD, would you and what is one thing you put in your workout?!

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