June Athlete of the Month – Shelley Parks

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, interests/hobbies, etc).

I was born in Roswell, New Mexico so my mom always calls me her little alien. Have lived in Houston most of my life. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I started college, so I majored in philosophy, bartended for a bit, and then went to law school where I met my favorite person, Joe. We’ve been married for four years and have two cat kids. I really enjoyed tax classes during law school and now work in tax consulting. I’m an only child, but have six step siblings. My family is pretty odd, but highly entertaining. 

When did you start coming to District H?

January of 2021

What made you decide to start coming to District H?

Mainly I wanted to get stronger, but also it just looked fun and challenging!

How has District H made an impact on your life outside of the gym?Definitely have more energy, feeling stronger, and am sleeping better. Starting my day with a WOD and the feeling of community at the gym gives me a sense of achievement and positivity that carries into the rest of my day.

What is your favorite & least favorite WOD or movement?

Favorite is box jumps, and least favorite is probably those mile runs that sneak in there from time to time.

What is your favorite & least favorite lift? 

Favorite lift is definitely back squats and least favorite is probably the snatch.

What are your fitness goals?

Mainly just to be consistent with the workouts and put in 110% while I’m there, but I wouldn’t mind getting a 200# back squat.

What is your proudest District H moment/achievement?

Strangely enough, probably finishing one of the mile runs without stopping. 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them. – Paulo Coelho

Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you.

I love playing pool. Especially at the Poop Deck in Galveston.

What advice would you give to newbies?

If you look at a workout on SugarWod, and it looks a little intimidating, that is all the more reason to show up and give it your best – you’ll feel great afterwards and start to realize you are capable of a lot more than you think you are.

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