Dréa Shanahan

Hi all! Meet our athlete of the month for January 2020, Dréa Shanahan! Dréa has been consistently pushing for over a year, showing improvement in many dimensions. She is always working on new skills, open to learn, and encouraging others, a great example of the CFW community. Check out her profile below to learn more!

When did you find CrossFit?
August 2018

What is your favorite part about it?
The push & support you get from the athletes & coaches around you. The workouts programmed within the class push me harder than I would ever push myself, and the people are always encouraging you to go your hardest.

What is your most loved lift/movement?
I’m a huge fan of gymnastic movements, especially handstand pushups & muscle ups. In terms of a barbell, I love back squats & squat cleans.

Most challenging?
DOUBLE UNDERS. Just when I thought I had them consistently, I lost em. One of these days I will beat them. Lifting wise, I have always been weaker at deadlifts, due to an old lower back injury.

Most recent PR:
Deadlift – 225lbs & hang power clean – 150lbs

Any goals you’re working towards?
Mastering double unders is always top of the list, but my goal is always working to get stronger. Staying consistent & pushing myself harder than I did the day before.

How has CrossFit impacted your life?
CrossFit took almost every poor health habit I had and flipped it around. My diet, exercise regimen & overall devotion to fitness have done a 180. Joining CrossFit didn’t lead me to choose a crash diet or unsustainable life change, but instead made me want a healthier lifestyle to match the effort I was putting into exercise. I’m thankful for the life change every day!

If you had one tip of advice for someone just starting CrossFit what would it be?
Stick with it! In all honesty, it took me about 6 months to actually WANT to go to class. The beginning of the journey was hard, tiring, and I often found myself wanting to make excuses to skip. Once you start to notice things getting easier (because you get better), you are completely hooked.