Name: Angie Bailey-Hobbs Age: 40
How long have you been with CrossFit Torrent and what made you decide to start?
I have been with CrossFit Torrent since April 1, 2o19. I have spent the past 8 years focused on my education/career, as well as growing our family and raising our 5 kids. I realized my health was suffering and it was time to make a change. I saw an advertisement for the 6-week challenge at CFT, made an appointment with Callie, and I haven’t looked back.
What do you do when you’re not at CFT?
When I’m not at CFT, I’m usually driving, at work, or with my family. I’m a family law and bankruptcy attorney. The firm I’m with is based in Grand Rapids, but I practice in all of the surrounding counties. There are days when I’m in Muskegon, Grand Haven, and then back to Kalamazoo all in the same day. I also have a second job in direct sales as a LuLaRoe fashion consultant.
I’m married to my wife, Brandy, and we have five children (Taylor (19 years), Ivan (16 years), Addison (8 years), Lylah (5 years) and Andy (10 months)). Our kids fill every bit of extra free time we have, minus the occasional date night. CFT is definitely a respite from my demanding daily life. It’s where I can clear my head and focus on myself for an hour or two a day.
When did you realize that CrossFit is right for you?
I realized CrossFit was for me about the second or third week of the 6-week challenge. I honestly was questioning my sanity during the first week of classes. I realized I had found what I needed after I had settled into a routine gotten over my initial self-doubt.
What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
Honestly, before beginning the 6-week challenge, the last time I had done any exercise was in the summer of 2010 when I played football. I thought I was literally going to die after my first WOD. But, I lived, and I keep coming, so it must not have been that bad.
What is your favorite or least favorite WOD/movement?
My least favorite WOD is any that involves a lot of running. However, I realize it’s probably the most beneficial for me because I hate it that much. So, I’m always happy to show up and complete the workout.
What is the one thing you have done at CFT that you never thought you would do?
Running. No, seriously, any of the Olympic weightlifting movements. I’ve always loved to weight train but I never thought I’d be doing snatches or clean and jerks.
What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit?
I don’t know if I can pick just one. I love that CrossFit combines strength training that I love with the cardiovascular exercise that I need. The variety and class environment keep me coming back for more. I tend to get bored really easy and CrossFit keeps me engaged.
What are your short term and long term goals?
Short term goals – I injured my rotator cuff in mid-April in a non-exercise related incident. Since then, my overall focus has been to heal that injury without surgery. Aside from that, my goal is to increase my cardiovascular ability and regain the strength that I lost over the last 8-10 years. I’ll be pretty excited when I can do my first RX workout.
Long term goals – My long term goals are pretty simple. I want to continue to learn and improve my physical and mental abilities and to continue to put myself first when it comes to my health. I want to show my kids that their health is important regardless of how many demands they have during their daily lives. Above all else, I want to always be able to beat all of my kids when we race or arm wrestle.
How have you seen yourself change- mentally and physically since joining Torrent? What impact has CFT had on you in and out of the gym?
I have had HUGE changes both physically and mentally since joining CFT. The mental changes were noticeable within the first week. Specifically, I’m generally just a happier person now, which spills over into all aspects of my life. Since joining CFT I have an easier time dealing with work-related stress.
The physical changes are just as significant. I haven’t seen the scale move as much as I thought I wanted; however, my entire body is changing. I’m seeing (and feeling) muscles that I haven’t seen in years! I didn’t realize how bad I felt about my physical appearance until I started to notice things changing. The fact that I’m just a happier person since joining CFT has motivated me to keep coming, but the physical benefits have really made me proud of the hard work I put in. CFT has proven to be the total package!
Do you have any advice for people just getting started at CFT?
Honestly, just do it. Don’t overthink it because you’ll get nervous or overwhelmed. Jump in and trust the coaches to guide you. If I can do it, so can you (I’m pretty clumsy – see above comment about the shoulder injury)! And don’t be embarrassed if you feel like you aren’t as “fit” as everyone in the class. I think it’s safe to say that all of the athletes, and especially the coaches, that I’ve met at CFT are proud of ANYONE that is there putting in their best effort and making their health a priority. If you need a friend, come say “hi,” I’ll be your partner for the WOD.
Favorite Cheat Meal: Almost any kind of pizza and/or chocolate.
Favorite Musician/Band: This probably makes me sound really boring, but I don’t listen to a lot of music. I spend my hours in the car listening to audiobooks. I love a good psychological thriller!
Favorite Sports Team: The Cowboys (I married into that one) and the Red Wings.
Favorite Tv Show/ Movie: Harry Potter, anything Disney. I really don’t watch very much TV.
Favorite CrossFit Athlete: Well, since I’m fairly new to CrossFit, I really don’t have one yet. I ran this question by my wife and she told me to put Morgan because she’s afraid of her. LOL
Coach’s comment: 5 a.m. has been a little brighter since Angie started throwing down with the boys. She is one of the busiest people we have met and she makes time to prioritize her health and fitness. She sets an incredible example for her family and it’s so fun to see her girls at the Saturday WODs cheering for her! Angie has been working through a shoulder injury from a brutal fall and it hasn’t stopped her progress. She comes in, ready to modify, does her pre and post-class exercise and ROM has returned!!! We spend time in her PT sessions working on the things in her mechanics that have a BIG impact on her movement. Humble, Driven, Smart. She checks the box on all three. Literally, every single coach said “Angie is awesome, she just gets it. She trusts the process and does all of the little things.”