Get To Know Monica Bishop

What do you do for a living?

I am the Deputy City Clerk for the City of Byron.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?

Watch both my sons(16 and 13) play their sports – football, track, soccer, basketball and baseball. I also like to go on walks/hikes with my dog and hang out with my sisters.

What made you decide to try Progress?

My husbands had heard about it from a coworker and he thought I would like it. Also my cousin Renee Wright was a member at the time.

How long have you been at CFP?

March 2013

What was your experience with fitness like prior to Progression?

I played basketball in high school. Since high school I had always been a member of some type of gym and in the summer I would do some running.

What was your biggest fear when you started?

Embarrassing myself and not remembering the lifts.

Favorite cheat day meal?

Any kind of pasta really.

What goal(s) are you currently chasing?

Anything overhead – Overhead squats, squat snatches….

What’s the hardest part about your fitness journey at the moment?

Getting back on track. Life threw me a curveball and I got into a funk….my eating went to hell. So now I am trying to get back into the routine and being more aware of what I am eating.

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What’s one thing your fellow CFP’ers would be surprised to learn about you?

How about 2 things – 1. I am the youngest of 10 (6 brothers and 3 sisters). I have over 70 first cousins on my dad’s side and over 35 first cousins on my moms side. 2. My dog is a Rhodesian Ridgeback. They were bred to hunt lion in South Africa. Google them if you don’t know what they look like 🙂 She’s pretty awesome. She’s the daughter I never had! 

What’s your favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a coach or member at CFP?

All their advice is great. They are more concerned about your safety than anything else. But I guess I would have to say it is: Chest up and knees out.

How has your outlook on health/fitness changed since starting CrossFit?

At first it was all about losing weight. Now it’s just to stay active and be a good role model for my boys. I want to show them that women can be strong too!

What has been your fondest memory during your time at CFP?

The Turkey Throwdown and Nogfest.

Why do you think you’ve stuck with CFP?

Definitely because of the friends I have made here and the great coaches. People want nothing but the best for you here. The support is amazing!

What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining CFP?

The first step is intimidating as hell but don’t give up. Keep coming and you’ll never regret it!