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CrossFit Boomtown’s Featured Athlete – Julie Hamm

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“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live. ”

In September of 2011 CrossFit Boomtown moved out a small garage in Webster to our first location on Ridge Rd. in Irondequoit. Not long after opening there, Julie walked through our doors.

This month’s featured athlete is the last one we will be doing as “CrossFit Boomtown”. Read all about this amazing woman who has supported us from the beginning.

She has been a regular to the 9:15  class since her first day! If you have had the pleasure of running into her or working out with her then  you should already know how very special she is to us. Not only has Julie Hamm knocked out goal after goal, she has also knocked out cancer! Congratulations Julie, and thank you for your love and support over the years. Keep up all the hard work!

Q:How long have you been a member and how long have you been doing CrossFit?
A:I have been a member for 7 yrs. I have been doing CrossFit just that long

Q: What was your first WOD or movements?

A:Do you really think I would remember my first WOD. we didn’t have a foundation class , I just started doing CrossFit, I remember having to do a handstand against the wall and laughing hysterically trying to kick my feet up. I’m sure Chad was a little worried about  this new member.

Q: Who Coached your First Class?

A:Chad was the coach. He called me the night before I was coming to class to tell me they moved and gave me the new address. I was extremely disappointed, because I had to cross the Bay Bridge. Didn’t know if this was going to be a deal breaker , having to drive that far. It wasn’t.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome since joining the gym?
A:  I was 50, I had been doing CrossFit for two years and had started on a nutrition change with a paleo challenge. I was feeling good about my diet and working on building my strength for my golf game. I found a lump in my breast, which in a very tumultuous time I was diagnosed with breast cancer. NEVER did I think I was going to be hearing those words. Why me ?  I was going into my fifties with a new healthier lifestyle. And why me?

Why anyone ?The hardest part was having to tell people in my life, about my diagnosis. After some really rough weeks , I picked myself up and went for the challenge. After my surgery , which went well , the other shoe dropped and I was told it was in the lymph nodes. Which meant my fight had changed paths. I had 4 chemo treatments in 3 months and 66 radiation treatments. BUT, I never strayed. I wanted everything to be normal. I continued CrossFit classes 3 x a week and worked. I was going to get through this challenge that life had brought me. I Really believe that I entered CrossFit two years before to be able to successfully win this fight. All the members and COACHES were fantastic. I had days , I wasn’t looking real good. Richard showed me I could wear a do-rag and still rock it ! I fought a good fight and it changed my life forever. I pay it forward , sadly enough , that I have helped some good friends battling cancer and the challenges it brings. I may be a goof at times , but I am loving life and all that it has to offer.

Q: What is your favorite moment at the gym so far?
A: I can’t pin point any in particular. I have so many moments in the workouts. Maybe the first time I did a toes to bar. Or the first series of double unders. All exceptional moments of achievement

Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
A: Soft vanilla ice cream , chocolate bar , Kringle from Trader Joe’s.

Q: What’s your Favorite activity outside the gym?

A: Golf
Q: How Has The Gym Improved this Activity?
A:It really has improved my golfing performance.  I can hit my drives much farther , my accuracy has improved greatly. My mental strategy for competition is much better. And I’m not done improving. I’ve got more to do
Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting?
A:  I do tell people all the time how much CrossFit improves your physical structure as much as your mental health. It really helps you want to eat healthier and stay strong. NEVER be afraid , it’s all modified to what you are capable of doing.
Q: What drives you?
A:   Life and Family

Q: What is you biggest fitness goal right now?

A: My fitness goal is to stay strong. Get stronger. I know that’s a general reference, but it captures everything that is done in CrossFit for me.