Member Spotlight: Kristen Cauley
Before the sun is up, the town is sleepy. Jackson Avenue is empty, and the coffee shops are just getting started for the day. You see the lights on at Maxx Strength, and many days you’ll see Kristen Cauley, smiling but ready to work, at the 5:30AM class. You’ll even see Kristen on weekends working on her technique, squeezing in time in between class, work, and being a mother to her three year old daughter.
In a regular gym on her own, Kristen found it hard to find the accountability and motivation. And she sought the extra boost to up her training for her upcoming marathon. So, with some encouragement from some friends, she decided to try Maxx Strength for the community and support.
Kristen’s story with Crossfit isn’t just a physical one.
“I’m a recovering drug addict. I was a drug addict for 10 years. Going through that took me away from everything I loved.” As a child, Kristen played in several different sports, all the way through high school. “Drugs took me down a really dark road and landed me in jail several times. Being a drug addict kills your self esteem. Crossfit was something I never thought I would be good enough to do. I never thought I could succeed.”
Kristen’s story is one of success and courage. When she realized that her daughter needed her, she made the tough decision to go into treatment. 100 days clean in treatment, her perspective began to change.
“I realized there’s so much more to life than using.”
Kristen has been clean for 26 months and has a new outlook on life.
Crossfit to Kristen goes beyond the physical. “Being able to hit PR’s and continue to get better at something gives me so much self confidence that helps me in so many other ways in my life.”
To those nervous to try Crossfit, Kristen replied, “With Maxx Strength, you don’t just go to a gym then leave, you become an active part of everyone’s life. You become part of a family. Don’t think about it, just do it. Just join. It’ll change your life forever.”
Kristen recently ran the full 26.2 miles of the Rock N’ Roll Marathon in New Orleans, LA. She is a student at the University of Mississippi, finishing her bachelors in Social Work. From there, she will pursue a Masters in Counseling to become a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. When she’s not at the gym or in class, Kristen works part-time, is a mother to her three year old daughter, and an active member at Community Church of Oxford. Kristen is engaged to be married on December 10th.