Member of the Month May 2015: Pam Drayton

Published August 5, 2015

How did you find CrossFit?
I played basketball through college.  Afterwards, I stayed in shape, doing whatever took the least amount of time just to try and feel good.  I became very bored.   I mainly ran or biked if I found the time, I did the same lifting exercises I 'd done for preseason basketball in 1996....zzzzzzzzzzzz.....snore........shhhh..zzzzz


Three years ago, we were living in base housing on Guam, a bunch of ladies started working out at the playground in the neighborhood.  They called themselves a crossfit group.  I wondered how anyone had time to do that.  I figured their houses must be a mess, they couldn't take care of their kids.  I convinced myself it was not for me. When my baby was 3 months old, this playground group was my only option to loose the weight.  My first wod was 7 minutes of Burpees and the next time I went one of the leaders told me if I wanted to talk to during the workout, I should have a play date instead.  I was desperate to loose the baby weight, I stuck with it, made friends and quickly lost the weight.  My kids loved going to play with their friends, the mess in my house did not get worse, I really enjoyed it and felt great.  It reminded me of the best of any team experience; all of the fun, none of the drama and we never lost a game! 


When we moved to California I joined a traditional gym and did WODs from my playground group and the Internet. I became frustrated because I just could not do the same workouts there.  My mom had become sick with a rare cancer and I found myself worrying about her throughout my workouts.  With my husband about to deploy, I needed someplace to help me get my mind off things for a while, not dwell on them by myself with a bunch of strangers around. There was a new crossfit gym opening in our town, a friend invited me.  It was so refreshing to have the instruction and encouragement to do every movement in the workout and meet other people who were friendly and weren't just there to do their own thing.  It helped take my mind off my own worries, if only for an hour.   It was a therapeutic and I never want to go back to a traditional gym.

What is your favorite CrossFit exercise or WOD? 
It's not really about what WOD but with whom I am WODing.  Although,  Snatches do make me a headcase.

What are your goals?
I would like to get 10 strict pull Ups, and 10 ring dips unassisted.  I am not very close, maybe 6 and 1.

Any advice for future CrossFitters?
Don't walk in front or behind someone doing a heavy lift.  Don't  break any rules in front of Jennifer or most coaches for that matter...the results? Public Embarrassment, possible injury and someone might not get their PR.

Favorite WOD Music? 
I like all kinds of music and making decisions stresses me out, so, anything the coach chooses.  One of the things I like most about crossfit is that we have a coach who tells us what to do.  I feel the same way about the music.  I have not had a bad music day yet.  Although, Bobs birthday was questionable.;-)
If you could have any super power, which and why?
To fly.  I have dreamed about it since Middle school. Sometimes, I think I can.

Favorite place you've ever been? 
Can't name one, here are a few:  a little hiking area in Barrington, Nh called Stonehouse Pond in the fall,  Gab Gab Beach, Guam.  This childrens garden in Beverly Mass. 

Who inspires you?
Len and Diane, I want to be like them when I grow up.  Working out with my husband, traveling in our retirement and investing in people along the way.

Favorite book/movie? 
Recently, I have come to enjoy everything written by Eric Metaxes.  So I will quote from his book on Dietrich Bonhoffer regarding my favorite book: "[Bonhoffer said] when you read the Bible, you must think that here and now God is speaking with me....He wasn't abstract... not something general ... but rather with a personal relationship to us."

If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive) , which three people would you choose and why? 
Can't go there right now...

What is one thing you miss about being a kid?
My mom

Favorite quote?
"It is better to strive for the excelence and fail than strive for mediocrity and achieve it." I have no idea who said it. 

What keeps you motivated?
I like to feel good about what I can do and how I look.  I am very competitive and have always considered myself an athlete.  I really enjoy finding out what I am capable of doing.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be better organized.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
My kids...eventually...........Athletically, I am pretty proud of the fact that I scored 1000 points for my baskebtall teams in both high school and in college.

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