Featured Athlete - March 2013

1. What is your name? 

February 2013
Hanna Basham
September 2012

2. When did you start doing CrossFit? 
August 6, 2012

3. What got you into CrossFit?  
A friend of mine started doing CrossFit at an affiliate in California and she posted about it on Facebook and I thought it sounded interesting and different, so I looked up online to see if Sanford had a CrossFit gym and I was pleasantly surprised to find Phalanx CrossFit.

I was a regular gym goer, but the fitness facility at my work just wasn’t enough. I felt like I needed something more; I was just spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere except older and more overweight. I needed something different and it only took two fundamentals classes and I was hooked.

4. What do you like about CrossFit? 
Phalanx CrossFit, how I love thee, let me count the ways…

I love so many things about CrossFit. In the interest of brevity, I’ll just name a few of the many.

I love being challenged every workout and seeing the results of my hard work. I need to be pushed out of my comfort zone in order to see the changes in my performance that I want to see and the programming at Phalanx CrossFit does just that.

I love learning and working on all of the weighted movements, especially Olympic lifts that I’d never really heard of, like power cleans and squat snatches.

I love the atmosphere and the people! Everyone is so supportive of each other and I’ve made a lot of great friends since starting at Phalanx.

5. What is your favorite workout and Why? 
My favorite workout is Grace. I like Grace because it’s fast and furious and I’m able to push myself to get through those 30 clean and jerks.

Although you didn’t ask, I’ll offer up my second favorite workout as well: Fran

I like Fran because I can muscle through the thrusters and then I get to do pull ups, which is one of my favorite moves because I’m still surprised I can actually do pull-ups!

6. What is your least favorite workout and Why? 
Karen – 150 wall balls – is further explanation really necessary?

7. What else should we know about you? 
I’m a 30 something busy mom of three children, I have a family to care for, I work full time and am also taking classes to finish my degree. I’m a busy woman, but I still try to find time to get to Phalanx CrossFit at least 4 to 5 times a week because it helps me be a healthier mom, wife, employee, and student.

8. How has CrossFit changed your daily life? 
It’s become part of my routine. I try to get to a workout at least 4 times a week.

9. What personal changes have you noticed since starting CrossFit? 
So many!

CrossFit workouts help me tremendously in reducing my stress levels; it’s a way for me to get all that stress out during the workout.

I’ve also lost fat and inches!  Since starting at Phalanx, I’ve lost about 17 pounds and dropped a dress size or two. That feels great! At the same time, I’ve still experienced increases in all of my lifts.
I still don’t have all of the movements perfected as prescribed, but I’ve really accomplished more than I ever thought I would. I can do pull ups, I can actually do kipping pull-ups and strict pull-ups.  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would be doing pull-ups!

I’ll just add this personal experience in as well.
When I started at Phalanx, I was unable to perform a pull-up without a green resistance band and a blue resistance band. When I came in for a workout and saw “pull-ups” on the board I would feel sick to my stomach. I couldn’t do pull-ups at all; seriously, even in elementary through high school I couldn’t do a pull up, not one. I failed the Presidential fitness test every single year because of the cursed pull up!   
I still remember very vividly the feeling I had as I tried to quietly explain to the coach that I couldn’t do a pull up. It was not a problem though, everything in CrossFit is modifiable. First we tried the blue band, no go. Next we tried the green band, still no go. I ended up needing both the green band and the blue band together to do an assisted pull up. I felt ashamed, I shouldn’t have felt that way, but knowing that someone else knew that I needed that much resistance to do a pull-up was shameful to me. I watched the coaches arms flex as he pulled down both the green and blue bands for me to place my foot in so I could do assisted pull-ups and it was so clear to me that I couldn’t hide anymore. I could wear loose clothing, I could camouflage some of the weight gain I’d experienced, but at that moment there was no hiding that I was too weak and overweight to pull my chin over the bar to do a pull up without assistance from not just one resistance band, but two of them. It was a very raw and real moment for me. Just writing this down now and reflecting on it is a bit emotional for me. Not emotional because I am still embarrassed, but because I can tell you from experience that the feeling I had of embarrassment was fleeting. Phalanx is an absolutely positive atmosphere, a true no judgment zone. I was taking steps to better myself, to lose weight and get stronger and there is nothing embarrassing about that!
I feel proud of myself looking back at that experience because while I’m still not the athlete I want to be, I have changed so much, I've gotten stronger in all aspects of fitness. I’m learning to push myself harder with each workout and I’m doing things I never thought I could do.

Yes, it’s true, I do sometimes feel like burpees are trying to kill me and I’m still not the fastest athlete, but I’m faster than I was before. Thanks to CrossFit I can do skills I never dreamed of doing and I can even do some of them pretty well.


  1. Inspiring story, Hanna. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Love you Hannah! What a wonderfully motivating story. So glad to be a part of your CrossFit family!

  3. Thats awesome! Keep it up Hannah!


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