Faction’s April 2017 Athlete of the Month – Roby Brost

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Kind, soft spoken, tumbling, handstand walking, heavy lifting 5am-er, Roby Brost is your April 2017 athlete of the month!

Roby’s a tried and true, up long before the crack of dawn, dedicated 5-am girl. Metallurgist by day, Crossfitter by…well, even earlier in the day, Roby is an animal lover and a lover of learning. Whether it’s mastering the handstand walk or knitting, Roby has a zest for pushing herself toward whatever’s next. In the meantime, she’s an inspiration and steadying presence to her fellow early risers.

Roby, congrats on all you continue to accomplish and on spreading your positive vibes to all who train with you. We’re proud to call you one of our own and just as proud to shine the spotlight on you this month.

Name: Roby Brost

Age: 27

Hometown: Parker, CO

Occupation: Metallurgist (aka: microscope whisperer, failure analysis sleuth, or the way less cool version of the people that made Adamantium for Wolverine.)

Favorite WOD/metcon: I love decreasing rep workouts: 21-15-9, etc. Especially if they have cleans or back squats in them.

Favorite lift: Back squat

Favorite cheat meal: What cheat meal? This is probably why it is so hard to pull myself over the bar. Probably pancakes, pizza, beer, and cheese.

Athletic background: I’ve always been active, if not super athletic. I grew up doing ballet, gymnastics, and ninpo taijutsu; I played lacrosse and was on the Explorer team in high school. I also placed lacrosse and did judo in college.

Hobbies/interests outside of the gym: Dog parking, cooking, traveling, playing fetch with the cats, and riding my motorcycle.

How long have you been Crossfitting? However long I’ve been at Faction

How long have you been at Faction S&C/Crossfit Memphis? Since I’ve been Crossfitting

AM ladies from left to right: Jessica Rhea, Chandrika Winston (former Factionite), Cara Eshleman, and Roby Brost

 How has Crossfit changed your life?

My co-workers can always tell when I’ve made it to the gym in the morning. Apparently, I’m much more pleasant when I have.

What is your biggest achievement so far, and what is your next big goal?

A pull-up!

I have never before been able to do a single pullup, and now I can. It’s ugly and many kips are involved, but my chin goes over the bar. My next big goal (before 2018) is to compete in a local competition and to handstand-walk the whole length of the turf.

An inverted Roby (left) and Cara

What is your favorite thing about Faction?

Definitely the people I get to work out with. Especially the 5-amers, because I get to work out with them most days (‘Drank the Kool-Aide.) I really enjoy that this is the kind of community built so that the things that are hardest for you get you the most encouragement. Suck at running? Cool. That means that there will be more of your team done and cheering for you when you do finish. Just like you will be cheering for your teammate when you crush something you’re good at.

3-time AM vs. PM champs, Team AM. Left to right: Coach Mike, Josh, Cara, Roby (we see you back there), Sue, Elisha, and Dean

 Have any advice for new members?

I’d like to pass on something that’s stuck with me for many years; don’t say that you “can’t.” Say that you are “incapable at this time.”

For me, it’s always meant that just because, right now, the movement or “thing” is out of your reach doesn’t mean it will be forever. Everyone at the gym started somewhere and everyone is good at something. Faction in particular is a “can” type place.

Is there anything you want to add? Tell us an interesting tidbit about you.

I like learning new skills/things. I’m kind of (super) awkward, but have no problem asking people that know how to do something interesting to show me. So head’s up! Some examples of random skills I’ve acquired are: Changing doorknobs, knitting, and Magnafluxing (want to know what “magnafluxing” is, click on the word; it’s a link).

Roby in the cold, muddy waters of Middle TN’s fall 2015 Reebok Spartan Sprint