Athlete Spotlight

April Member Spotlight

By April 9, 2019 April 12th, 2020 No Comments

This month’s member spotlight is, Shelly Henk. Shelly is another KCF original gangster. She has been part of the community in many different ways. She is works out atCrossFit Lite and has been at the heart of many of our community outreach events.

Here is more about Shelly:

  • How long have you been at KCF?
    • I joined Kato Crossfit on February 9, 2015. I took a year “sabbatical” from November 2017 to December 2018. I had a lot of things going on in my life and just could not get to the gym like I wanted to. My mom had a lot of health issues and also during this time I finally got sober, dealt with a lot of personal issues I was drinking away, gained a hell of a lot of weight and then found out that I have a large bone spur and several bulging discs in my neck. I waddled back into Ben’s office in December 2018, asked/pleaded for help in getting myself back together. AND I HAVE! Still not totally where I want to be, but way, way better off than I was when I came in.
  • What’s your why?
    • My why has always been my daughter Bella. As many of you know or have met Bella, she has Down syndrome. In 2015, I was having a really hard time being able to lift her up and carry her around (especially during a tantrum (limp ragdoll)). She only weighed about 35 lbs at the time, but I knew I needed to get myself in shape so that I can “handle” things that come my way. She will most likely always be dependent on me, so I want to be in the best shape I can be and the healthiest I can be for as long as I live. She is now my “at home” 80 lb. sandbag that I still need to hoist around from time to time!! 🙂
  • Would you rather be famous when you are alive and forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die?
    • This is a tough one, can’t I just have the ability to go invisible when I want???  But, I would probably rather be unknown when alive and famous after I die.  Even though I’m a loud mouth and cracking jokes all the time, I prefer to be behind the scenes doing good deeds and helping people out when needed.
  • Have your goals changed?
    • My goals have stayed fairly consistent – just overall healthy and a healthy lifestyle. I can lift Bella whenever I need to, and with all of the cardio that Zach throws at me, I might be able to out run a zombie or two if need be.
  • Would you rather never use social media sites / apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?
    • I’m going with never watch a movie or TV show.  Usually if I actually do have time to sit down to try to watch something, I get distracted, don’t pay attention and start doing chores or something.
  • What is different about KCF?
    • Absolutely, without a doubt, the family-like atmosphere. People at KCF will do anything to help another member out. So much genuine compassion. I watched Friday Night Lights my first month of crossfit and I remember everyone rally around an athlete as she was trying to finish up rowing. She was the last one to be done and swarms of people gathered around her and were clapping and cheering her on. I honestly was moved to tears. KCF is like no other gym I have ever been to. I used to be one of those people that would drive by the gym to swipe my fob so that I got my 12 times in a month so I got my $20 reimbursement from my insurance company. I hated going in to those gyms. It was so divided – a bunch of grunting meat heads lifting free weights and others mindlessly running on the treadmills. I definitely drank the kool-aide of crossfit and will keep drinking it forever!!!
  • Best Result?
    • Before I took a year off, I was impressed by how much I could lift. Right before I took time off I competed in a power lifting competition and was able to get a 285 deadlift and a 275 backsquat. I LOVE to lift, but after rehabbing my neck and doing a lot more cardio, I think my best results have come when I came back in 2018. I dropped a good 13 inches off my waistline and I have a hell of a lot more stamina than I used to. I play volleyball twice a week and have definitely noticed a change in being able to go all out when I play.

Thanks for being a huge part of our KCF community, Shelly. We all appreciate you and everything you do!