Athlete of the MonthMay

Haley Redden

Career: Grad Student & Nanny

Years at CrossFit Kennett Square: 4

CF pushes me to my limits and constantly shows me that I am capable of so much more than I think I am, and that holds true in all aspects of my life.

Hometown: Kennett Square

Age: 24

Occupation: Grad Student & Nanny

When did you first start training at CFKSQ?

I started the summer of 2017 but would only come in the summers through college. I moved back to the area in March 2020 and have been training at CFKSQ ever since!

Favorite WOD: Anything with deadlifts and rowing

Least Favorite WOD: Running and burpees!

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I was a competitive swimmer from childhood through high school, and I also played volleyball and lacrosse in high school. In college I was on the rowing team for 2 years, but had a career ending rotator cuff injury, so I ran a marathon in 2018.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?
After my rowing injury, I needed some kind of competitive outlet and my mom had heard about CFKSQ so she suggested I look into it and I never looked back! I have no idea what my first WOD was, but I remember questioning what I got myself into through many of my early WODs.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I’ve been an athlete for most of my life, but CrossFit has taken it to a new level. I am stronger than I have ever been, and I am constantly learning and improving new skills that I never imagined I would be able to do. My health has improved and I’ve gotten stronger and fitter, but the biggest change in my overall health since starting CF has been mental.  I think it is fair to say that most people, especially young women, have struggled with body image to some degree, but CF has provided me with the space to celebrate and appreciate what my body can do, instead of constantly searching for flaws.   

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I am so much more confident and push myself harder because of CF. CF pushes me to my limits and constantly shows me that I am capable of so much more than I think I am, and that holds true in all aspects of my life. Whenever I have moments of self doubt in grad school or in the job search, I remember that I can deadlift 300# so I can pretty much take on anything. The only downside is that my family makes me do all the heavy lifting around the house now!

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFKSQ moments: My favorite thing about CFKSQ is how genuinely excited everyone is when somebody gets a new skill for the first time! It’s hard to choose a favorite moment, but some honorable mentions are my first 300# deadlift and my first time getting a pain free handstand after what felt like an endless hamstring recovery!

Any advice for people just getting started?
Don’t compare yourself to anyone! Just meet yourself where you are, push yourself, have fun, and eventually you will get where you want to be!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love spending time with my family and friends, trying out new restaurants/bars, shopping, and when we aren’t in a pandemic, I love to travel!