Faction’s June 2017 Athlete of the Month – Heather Rowan

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How is it that Heather’s ONLY been at Faction for 14 months…because it totally feels like girl’s been around a lot longer?

In just over a year, Heather’s become a key member of the Faction family. Her spirit and her strength emanate. She’s just good people, y’all!

We were so happy to learn that Faction means as much to Heather as Heather means to Faction. Read on to learn how this heavy-lifting, ever-shrinking, newly minted pull-up queen (she got her first pull-up, PLUS 19 more just over a week ago) feels about her Faction journey.

And congrats, Heather!!! Much love! And get out there and kill it at your first team competition this month!

Name: Heather Elaine Rowan

Age: 38

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Occupation: Commercial Insurance

Favorite WOD/metcon: “Grace” (she last did Rx “Grace” in 2:44 back in February, the same night she hit a 160# clean and jerk PR!)

Favorite lift: Clean

Favorite cheat meal: Pizza, Mexican, Sear Shack grub, IHOP pancakes…basically anything with sugar and/or fat

Athletic background: Played volleyball & basketball in high school, then not much after that, besides doing a lot of 12oz curls to (***insert air quotes) “stay in shape”

Hobbies/interests outside of the gym: Dogs – what else is there? I also enjoy Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

How long have you been Crossfitting? About 4 years

How long have you been at Faction S&C/Crossfit Memphis? 14 months

How did you find Crossfit?

I worked with Crossfit Games veteran, Michelle Kinney’s mother, who also does Crossfit here in Memphis. She invited me to a friends & family night and that was it; I was hooked.

How has Crossfit changed your life?

Crossfit has made me a stronger person physically and mentally. The values I learn in the gym carry over to other aspects of my life and have given me the confidence & strength I needed to excel in my professional and personal life. I figure if I can hit that 10# front squat PR, why can’t I ask for that raise or choose to surround myself with more positive people?! Life is what you make it.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl

From right to left, Faction athlete, Sam Finley, Coach David Gross, and the woman herself, Heather Rowan.

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

I did a ½ marathon row about a year and a half ago without much prep going into it. Finished in 1:36.30. Next big goal is to not finish last in my first team Crossfit competition on June 17th! Addendum: And how ‘bout them pull-ups, y’all?

Heather and fellow Faction athlete, Laura Wand at the 2017 St. Jude Dragon Boat race on Mud Island.

What is your favorite thing about Faction?

It’s a toss up between the coaches & the community. Both keep me accountable. The coaches are phenomenal and push me to do things I don’t think I can do. They always seem to give me the right cues when I need them the most. That’s how they make me better. The community is what keeps me coming back, day in and day out. I love my Faction Family!

Heather (8th full-grown person from the right) with the 2017 Faction Dragon Boat team and its cheering section.

Have any advice for new members? Keep showing up! Do the work. Listen to your coaches. BE COACHABLE. Trust the process. Things will start to click and you will get better every time you show up.

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

My Crossfit journey has not always been pretty. I was a couch potato when I started. My entire first year of Crossfit I seemed to always finish last and I was very frustrated. I felt like I was never getting any better. The lifts were complicated. The weights were heavy. The WODs were long. I cried a lot in the car on the way home! (true story) Haha! Then slowly but surely, I started getting stronger, getting a little faster, and pushing myself a little harder. The lifts started to click and all of a sudden, I was finishing faster and lifting heavier weights. Now I enjoy getting my ass kicked in a WOD and hitting those PRs. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

A picture’s worth a 1,000 words. Flex on and smile on, H. Ro!