Athlete of The Month

Sonja Yates Hubbard and Stacy Yates


Favorite Wod: Anything synchronized! We do that anyway…….


Least Favorite Wod?

Sonja—I despise the long, grinding ones that are just running, rowing or biking. My brain checks out and I hate the monotony! Never running a marathon is on my bucket list!

Stacy—“Death By’ anything as I know I am going to be sore afterwards.


Favorite Lift?

Sonja–I guess the squat clean. I recently kind of figured it out.

Stacy—clean and jerk


Least Favorite Lift?

Sonja and Stacy—snatch!


When did you start CrossFit?

August of 2013


What were you doing before CrossFit?

Everything…..weight routine at the gym, some P90X, Pilates, various videos, power walking or the trend of the day.

What have been your biggest achievements since starting CrossFit?

Sonja—strict pull ups then finally kipping! Though the first real rope climb was a big deal just overcoming my fear of height issues!

Stacy—pull ups, rope climbs, double unders, and the many lifts we do that I would have never done before. Now I am setting new goals for 2018!

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

Sonja—I have more energy, more strength and agility and the added confidence to take on other physical activities like hiking, wake boarding or whatever. I’ve also met a lot of great people that are more than gym buds, they are true friends.

Stacy—my fitness level, energy and strength are much better. Best of all, I have a new group of friends and supporters at CrossFit Texarkana.

What advice would you give a newbie joining CrossFit Texarkana?

Sonja—don’t get intimidated or compare yourself to others. Modify as needed for as long as needed but never quit pushing yourself. This is the best all-around workout I’ve ever tried, I’m in the best shape of my life and am surrounded by a group of people that support and celebrate even the smallest accomplishment.

Stacy—CrossFit can be for everyone, just don’t overdo it. So many people feel they need to come in and keep up with the group on their very first day, this is not the case. CrossFit is the most supportive group I have met. They are always encouraging and cheering for others accomplishments, small and large. I am lucky to have a daily WOD partner in my sister, we are counting on each other every day to get up and go!

Something you might not know about me is…

Sonja—I sort my closet by clothes type and by color….in the scale of ROYGBIV. J It always starts with black though…the biggest section.

Stacy—Stacy organizes her spices in alphabetical order….that then got me doing it too. OCD is contagious or at least genetic.

What do you like best about CrossFit?

Sonja—That it changes and constantly challenges your body, mind and spirit. You can’t get bored or hit a wall on progress, unless you quit trying.

Stacy—CrossFit coaches are always motivating me to do my best, even on my worst day. It never gets boring and is always challenging!