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Fitness: 10 questions with Charlotte CrossFit leader Gracie Lambeth

Name: Gracie Lambeth

Profession: Manager & Coach at CrossFit Dilworth

Favorite way to sweat/sport of choice: CrossFit & Yoga

(1) What’s the soundtrack to your workout?

Rap or Country J

(2) What is your diet like?

It is not perfect but I try to eat healthy most of the time, nutrient dense foods that fuel my body appropriately, and mostly stick to the 80/20 rule. Everything in moderation!

(3) What’s one food you can’t live without?

Chocolate.

(4) Were you always athletic growing up?

I was a big tom-boy growing up because of my two older brothers, so I always played sports a lot but was never really excellent at any of them. My 3 favorites were basketball, softball, and volleyball. I played just for fun during my childhood and throughout middle and high school.

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(5) Share a goal you have for 2015:

To get a second dog

(6) What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?

My biggest disappointment has been when I have not listened to my body telling me to rest, and pushed it too hard, leading to minor injuries. For example a few months ago I had a pretty bad case of tendonitis in my knee and had to take several weeks off from certain movements and running/jumping, but I tried to focus on the positive and made it a point to work on my upper body strength, gymnastics, and yoga.

(7) What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

My greatest accomplishment as an athlete has been getting stronger. Before CrossFit, all I did was run mostly, so I had very little strength and struggled with any kind of weightlifting. Now, it is my favorite thing to do. Lifting weights is inherently empowering, as it’s the only kind of exercise I’ve ever done with the goal of actually getting more powerful. As women, we view exercise as a way to lose weight, or to maintain it. Which is to say, as a way to shrink, or to get skinny. Not to say that vanity is necessarily any less of a motivation for some women who lift weights than it is for women who spend hours on the elliptical, but there’s a difference between exercising to look strong and exercising to look skinny. Treating exercise as a means to be more, as opposed to viewing it as a never-ending struggle to be less, is absolutely a game changer. Weightlifting has taught me to value myself for what I can do, not what I look like. I’ve learned that doing something I actually enjoy, not just something that’s supposed to get me the ‘perfect’ body, makes me more confident and that confidence makes me feel all the more accomplished as an athlete. 

(8) Who would you say is your “biggest fan” and why?

My boyfriend Brandon is definitely my ‘biggest fan’ because he is so supportive and encouraging. He always has positive things to say and never hesitates to help me with whatever I need even if it interferes with his own athletic endeavors.

(9) What was the best advice you were ever given?

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” As a child, I can’t recall a day that went by without my dad telling me I could do anything I set my mind to. He said it so often, I stopped hearing it … It wasn’t until years later that I fully appreciated the importance of those words and the impact they had on me.

(10) Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

Can’t say I have a personal motto but I have always loved this quote from Dr. Seuss – “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Answers lightly edited and photos courtesy of Gracie Lambeth

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