Nov 2021--Laura Fullerton

1. Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.

I moved to St. Mary’s from Pittsburgh in 1992 for my senior year of high school. Providentially, I met Steve and here we are, 25 wonderful years later with 6 children and now 2 grandchildren! Our other current “baby” has been the renovation of the old Bayer Stone building and watching it grow, change and welcome new business to town. I help run both the automotive business and manage the rentals. I enjoy spending time with family and dabbling in many things like photography, ceramics, baking, hiking, and traveling to new destinations.


2. When do you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?

I started CrossFit in October 2015 after a suggestion from Doc that I might really like it. I initially said “No thanks, I like to work out on my own time and do my own thing”, but the thought kept nudging me to give it a try. I was hooked immediately and was able to continue for a year, at which point I had to take a break for various reasons. But then I recently received another nudge from fellow CF member Shannell Peeters ---it came at a perfect time and I am so glad to be back in the box!

3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?

Vaguely. It was in the basement of Doc and Cindy’s and I know it involved kettlebell swings. They turned up the music (an essential component of CF in my opinion) and there was the counting and the cheering…..at the end, aside from the pain and breathlessness, I realized how much fun it was to be challenged in this awesome group dynamic.

4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
So many things. The coaches and all the fellow CF members, the constant variation, the challenge, the overcoming of self. There are moments when you look at these beautiful people you are working out with and realize we’re all at such different places in our lives and everyone has a story to tell, but we are here together sweating and swearing (just me?) and giving it all we’ve got to get through it. I love the reminder to offer it up for an intention, because, clearly, sometimes I forget! Talk about a crazy combination of fitness and holiness! Where else would you ever encounter this?

5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
There is not one single answer to this for me, meaning that every time I overcome what I didn’t think I could = proudest CrossFit moment. Which means literally every WOD.

6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?

Favorite: wall balls and rowing. Least favorite: deadlifts and running

7. Have you had one or two challenging CrossFit goals that you've achieved recently? What are your current goals and how close are you to reaching them?

I recently conquered my fear of being upside-down for a handstand. There is something intrinsically fun about seeing the world from that angle. Now I’m working on holding it longer.


8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?

I have tried working out alone, working out with a friend, working out at a gym, but nothing compares to the camaraderie and the programming in CrossFit. They are 2 major factors that keep me coming back. I love just showing up and being forced to do whatever is on the white board, whether I like it or not. Otherwise I would pick and choose and never progress.


9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym?
CrossFit has taught me to dig in deep, to find the grit within. You are stronger than you think, in all ways----physically, spiritually, mentally.

10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?

I have made simple changes and make smarter choices, one meal at a time.

11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?

I couldn’t possibly inflict pain on another human being, I will leave that up to the coaches’ programming. :)


12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?

An important question, because as all moms know, we tend to put ourselves last. I find that my entire attitude is adjusted and aligned when I invest in myself. Everyone wins. It spills into my home life in unexpected ways. Plus I hope to be a positive role model----my family always ask what the WOD was, try to do it, challenge each other. The whole family is attracted to being active as a result of the joy it brings.


13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?
Listen to those nudges from Doc, from a friend, from within. Try it! You won’t regret it!


14. Open Forum:

Thank you, Doc and Cindy for starting CrossFit Benedictus and Andy & Mindy and Joe & Bridget for keeping this Box going, You saw a need and you provided a means of developing not only physical strength, but also strength of character. And each and every coach, even the ones I’ve never worked with…...all the time and effort it takes is truly, deeply appreciated. So many countless times, it is directly because of the advice from a coach that we succeed in what we are trying to accomplish.
Most importantly, I thank my husband and kids for their constant support and encouragement! I really couldn’t do this without them!
“No, it doesn’t ever get any easier. You wouldn’t want it to either.” - Greg Glassman
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