Athlete of the Month: Cherie Crocker on Being a Strong Mom for Her Family

If you ask anyone at CrossFit Salus how they would describe our community, many of them would call this a family. We’re a pretty tight knot group of people, not only sharing physical struggles (hello burpees) and triumphs (how about that first pullup feeling?!), but supporting each other through emotional experiences, too. As coaches, we get to see the beauty of this community in an even bigger way – in the way our members impact their kids and their families outside the four walls of our box. And, as a strong mom, Cherie Crocker does just that.

Cherie has not only displayed that she is a strong mom with muscles, but that her strength extends beyond her newly shaped biceps (that helped her get her first pull up this year). Her influence radiates through to her family and has inspired them to make healthy changes, too. She even motivated her sister and daughter to participate in the recent Foundation Nutrition challenge!

This is why we’re excited to announce strong mom, Cherie as our January 2020 Athlete of the Month.

1. When and why did you start CrossFit?

I was bored with my gym and workouts and mentioned to my husband I was intrigued by CrossFit…well he surprised me with a gift certificate for Christmas…

I’ve been hooked ever since!

2. How has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?

Well I’m not physically shaking and petrified of the workouts as I pull into the parking lot anymore! Overall I’m not scared to try new things as I was initially but more excited to see what I can do.

Cherie Strong Mom Athlete of the Month

3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?

Yes!! I can do pull-ups, toes to bar, and double-unders!

Although I don’t lift the heaviest, I lift heavier for many exercises than I ever could imagine.

4. How has your body physically changed since you started?

I’m definitely leaner, my arms are more defined, and my stomach is flatter.

5. OK, strong mom, how has CrossFit changed you in other ways?

I look forward to the workouts everyday since it’s the best way to escape and reduce stress.

Cherie Strong Mom Athlete of the MonthAfter tackling some of the WODs, during the rest of the day I feel like I can handle anything (well, some days!)

6. How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?

Haha I always start out saying “I don’t mean to sound corny but,” and then describe it as

…the most positive group of people who genuinely enjoy seeing each other get better and stronger mentally and physically.

I also describe the workouts as a combo of weight lifting and gymnastics.

7. What keeps you motivated to continue?

For the most part, my children are my why. I want to be a strong mamma physically and mentally.

I especially want my daughter to see how fierce woman are?I also know at this point in my life that if I don’t take care of myself, I’m not going to be a good mom or wife. My husband certainly doesn’t complain either lol

8. Favorite lift or WOD?

I don’t know them by name but I love any combination of gymnastics type stuff, like handstand push-ups, pull-ups, and a (short) run in an AMRAP

9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?

Ooh it’s still hard but don’t compare yourself to others!

Try to focus on yourself, never doubt that you can accomplish something and don’t be scared to try something new (such real life lessons wow)!

10. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?

Something like:
AMRAP in 15 minutes-200 m run, 5 pull-ups, 10 toes to bar, 20 box jumps

11. Favorite thing to do for fun?

CrossFit isn’t it obvious?! Haha…

I also love the beach, going on vacation with my family, shopping, going to the park and getting pedicures

12. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?

I love mixing veggies with some kind of protein and brown rice or quinoa. Pizza or a turkey sub on really good Italian bread are splurges

13. If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?

Wonder Woman…obvious physical reasons- she’s super sexy, strong, and can get anyone to do practically anything!

14. Favorite quote?

Not really a quote but I believe in karma, especially good karma (I try to instill this in my children).

I also believe you should never burn bridges because everyone is connected in some way and you never know when your paths will cross.

16. Interesting fact not many people know about you.

Not sure if these are interesting but I’m super stubborn, have a weird obsession with my teeth and my favorite thing in the world is getting a pedicure.

Every month we spotlight a different athlete at Salus who stands out and shows just how awesome they are.

What is it that makes up the Athlete of the Month?

It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, RX’s every workout, or rings the PR bell every time they walk in the box. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, displays grit, and then gives a little more by supporting others in their journey to reach their goals, too. And they extend their motivation beyond the box.

They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Salus Community should be about.

Athlete of the Month Ryan Bouton: This Strong Mom Will Inspire You

There’s a lot to be said for a strong mom. And we’re not just talking about the ability to lift weight. What we’re talking about is making the commitment to something that challenges you for the better. That is real strength.

Ryan strong mom
Audrey Bouton
Born 10/01/2019
8lbs 6oz

This month’s athlete is a strong mom who has inspired us since the day she walked through our doors. Balancing motherhood, pregnancy, work (the list is endless) she has also committed to improving her health (and the health of her unborn babe).

Ryan has always had that “won’t-give-up” attitude.

We’re excited to share that Ryan gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Tessa Audrey Bouton on October 1st, 2019.

October 2019 Athlete of the Month: Ryan Bouton is a Strong Mom!

1. When and why did you start CrossFit?

I started in October 2018.
I wasn’t seeing any results from my normal workout routine (Pilates) and I was determined to get back to my pre pregnancy body or at least close.

2. As a strong mom, how has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?


I don’t give up as easily now and I really push myself even when it’s a true struggle for me.

3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?

Yes, all!

I wasn’t able to do much. CrossFit and lifting weights was so foreign to me.

The fact that I can do an overhead squat with weights now is pretty cool; being I had to use a PVC for a while for this lift.

4. How has your body physically changed since you started?

This is hard to say since I’m super pregnant right now. But I do know that I’m smaller this pregnancy than my last two.

5. How has CrossFit changed you in other ways?

I sleep great now and it definitely decreases everyday stresses.

Being pregnant, my hormones rage some days and I find that on days that I do CrossFit I’m a lot calmer and not as emotional.

My obgyn also said my weight and overall health is better this pregnancy and said to keep it up until I go into labor!

6. How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?

An intense but fun workout. It really gets you excited and a bit scared…but, after your WOD you have never felt better in your life.

Ryan Strong Mom

7. What’s your “why”?

My why is to stay healthy and get physically fit so my children can see how important it is for your overall well being.

I am motivated everyday when I show up to Salus and see all the other moms there. Some with kids the same age and some older, and they are all truly inspirational. I’m always picking their brains about how I can look that way after having kids (and the toll it took on my body) and seeing them I know it’s possible if I keep working at it.

8. Favorite lift or WOD?

Hmm. I guess I my favorite lift is a back squat.
I like all the WODs except the ones that involve wall balls those really kill me!

9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?

Don’t be intimidated!

For me when I started I got a little nervous seeing how strong everyone was and thought I will never be able to do any of the stuff they were doing. Now, I might now be able to lift as much weight as them but at least I’m getting the form right.

It takes time and repetition and the first time you’re able to do the lifts correctly, you’re going to be so excited and happy. It will make it all worth it!

10. What is your next goal to accomplish?

To get back to my pre-pregnancy body after I have the baby.

11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?

Something with back squats, pull ups, ring rows and the bike. I’m really favoring those lately.

12. Favorite thing to do for fun?

To bring my kids somewhere that they can really have fun. I love seeing them enjoying themselves.

Ryan Strong Mom

13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?

I actually love vegetables and salads so it’s hard to pick a favorite healthy meal.
My favorite splurge meal would be Pasta nothing like Italian food!! Yum

14. If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?

Flash, so I can get everything done everyday and never feel overwhelmed.

15. Favorite motivational quote?

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

Oscar Wilde

16. Interesting fact that not many people know about you.

I was on a reality show a few years ago.

Celebrating YOUR Success

Every month we feature a new “Athlete of the Month” like Ryan, at CrossFit Salus. This is a member who has stuck out to us one way or another because of their amazing progress, grit, positive attitude and community.

We love featuring these athletes – they inspire and motivate us every day. Do you have a strong mom or another Salus athlete in mind? Let us know!

Read their stories to help you stay focused and motivated, too.