Athlete of the MonthMay

Anna Johansen

One Badass Mama!

Tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in a big amazing family in Cincinnati and have been a nomad since I turned 18, traveling and living all over. I met this amazing man named Tim (you may have seen him in the gym once or twice) out in Oregon and we moved to Colorado (home for him) shortly after. We now have been living in sin for 15 years, and have two beautiful lil dudes, Hawk who just turned 2, and Blaze who is 5 months. I’ve had a meandering path career wise . . my degree was in Environmental science and I worked doing community advocacy around environmental health issues for a few years, worked as an artist, and then went back to med school at CU (a little culture shock after the art circuit). First worked in ER, now I’m a primary care doc, and work in a community clinic with underserved in North Denver. I’m a generalist and do some of everything with patients ranging from new babies to 98 yo’s, plus prenatal care and lots of fun procedures.

 How and when did you get started with CrossFit? 

We moved down the street from the old gym when we came back from our short Indianapolis stint for my residency and had heard great things about CrossFit so decided to give it a whirl. That was almost 5 years ago. (although with two babies in two years, you might have to knock a few years off that number )

What recreational activities/hobbies to you do/have?

Art is the big one, welded steel and glass contemporary mosaics as well as ceramics. Love traveling, especially out of the country and road trips for art shows. Hiking, camping, and lately hanging out with two amazing kiddos.

 What is your favorite cheat meal?

I live with Tim (who can eat a giant pancake every morning and still have a lower blood sugar than me), so every meal is a cheat meal in our house! But favorite meals- anything with green chili, preferably heuvos rancheros or chilli rellenos with a margarita.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit? 

Its like being at recess with your friends. You work hard, you get you’re a$# kicked, you listen to loud music and you sweat together. I love it. Its challenging and fun, sometimes I hate the WOD, sometimes I love it, but each time I walk in the door it feels like family. I can have the most crazy day at work and show up at Vantage and it’s a game changer. The community is incredible.

What kind of positive affect has CrossFit had on you and your life?

It has become a core part or our lives, being active and strong in a vibrant community of bada$S crossfitters. It affects everything, health and happiness, work, kiddos, etc.

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