April Athlete of the Month: Taryn Stelzig

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April Athlete of the Month: Taryn Stelzig

We’re excited to announce that Taryn Stelzig is Loaded Bell CrossFit’s athlete of the month for April 2018.  Taryn is a Loaded Bell veteran and has been with us since day 1.  Her presence and energy add to the excitement of every class she’s in.  Want to see her smile?  Just give her a barbell and all is well!  You can count on her to give 100% on every workout and does her share of inspiring others along the way.  Please join us in congratulating Taryn as our newest athlete of the month!

Age 19

Where did you grow up? Clovis, New Mexico

When did you become a member at Loaded Bell CrossFit? The day Glenn and Rachel opened the doors!

What do you do when you are not at Loaded Bell CrossFit? (occupation, hobbies, etc.) When I’m not at the gym, I go to school at UNM, work, spend time with my family and friends.

How did you find out about CrossFit? I was introduced to CrossFit 3 years ago, by a friend of mine. I was playing soccer at the time and was using CrossFit as a supplement to my sport.

When did you realize CrossFit is right for you? The moment I realized CrossFit was for me was the first time I held a barbell in my hands and realized that I had never felt more comfortable in my life. I realized that even if I could not control any one thing in my life, I knew that I could push my body to its limit and control how I was performing. The day I realized I was where I needed to be was when I began to dream of being an elite athlete.

What is your favorite WOD/movement? I am in love with anything relating to a barbell and strongman stuff. I like to move weight! But, I’m also a fan of chipper WODs, where you have to put your head down and work to get the job done.

What is your least favorite WOD/movement? I HATE MED BALL CLEANS!!


What is one thing you have done at Loaded Bell CrossFit that you never thought you would do? I never in my entire existence thought that I had the capacity to deadlift 300 pounds, that was the number one thing that set me back and made me realize that CrossFit had changed my life drastically.

What motivates you during a CrossFit WOD? When I was younger, I separated my foot from my leg by breaking my ankle and leg at the same time. I was in love with soccer and I thought I would never play again and I was ready to give up and stop working to get back on the field. It took me 3 years to get back to where I was before the injury. But, those three years were non-stop work. So, every time I want to stop in CrossFit, I tell myself that I was not made to be average and I was not made to stop working for my dreams.

What is something about yourself that we might not know? I drive a racecar. I was born in Clovis, New Mexico. I am a Pre-Med student at UNM. I played soccer for 13 years. I have two dogs. I am OBSESSED with Brooke Ence, I aspire to be her. I have an addiction to sunflowers.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit? Please do not ever give up, this is the best sport in the game. You will reach days where you want to give up. You will have moments that make you question why you are working. But you have to lean on the family in your gym, they will carry you and pick you up when you fall. You are so much stronger than you believe you are. You have to let your body carry you and leave your mind and doubts behind you.

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I eat… paleo-ish.

I do… CrossFit (with the most amazing people at Loaded Bell).

I am… willing.