Alicia McWilliams Mangan
Originally from St. Louis, I'm a Midwest girl with West Coast inclinations. While technically a nurse, I prefer to spend my time doing yoga, cursing, drinking coffee, and lifting heavy shit to loud music (in no special order). I have lupus, but I don't like to let that bitch kill my vibe. Also, I like dogs. Dogs are super cool.
How did you get interested in CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in 2011 while stationed at Ft. Irwin, CA. I spent hours watching a bunch of lunatics working out in the Mojave heat, flipping tractor tires and puking into the shrubs outside my neighbor's garage. It was total chaos, and I wanted in.
When motivation is down, how do you find drive to get up and come in?
No matter how tired I am, how sore, how painful my joints are, or how hard the WOD looks, I *know* I will feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally for having gone in. Working out straight up makes me a better person... I probably shouldn't be allowed around people until I've at least lifted.
What's your least favorite movement?
The dammed assault bike. F*ck that POS.
What's the next goal CC can help you reach?
Get me to the Games? Thighs strong enough to crush watermelons? A muscle-up?
What would you say to someone who has never tried CrossFit and is looking to start? Tips? Advice?
I know it looks crazy hard from the outside. It is both crazy and hard. But it's also amazing, and thrilling, and you will flat out astound yourself with what you are capable of enduring and achieving if you only give yourself a chance. So, flip some tires, puke a little maybe, and when it's all over, collapse into a sweaty, heaving heap on the floor and rejoice in how alive you feel.