October 2013


Anne Lawless

Day 1 with CFHH: Around Labor Day, 2010? Or was it 2011…A friend asked me to do it with her and I found out that CFHH was offering a BootCamp and the proceeds would go to the Ret Thomas Foundation – my family is very close to the Thomas family and I couldn’t resist joining a community that was supportive of Ret.
Occupation: Director for Crown Advisors. Executive retained search, specializing in commercial real estate. If you own a real estate company and are looking for a new CEO or President, hire me to go find that person!
Favorite Thing to Do (Other than CF, of course): Anything outdoors. Exploring new places in the lowcountry. Long walks with my dogs, Mr. Big (Biggie – 99% black Lab) and Minnie Me (Minnie – rat terrier and other stuff). The beach late in the afternoon with a glass of wine (or 2), friends and family.
Biggest Goat: Double Unders
What are you doing to improve it? Took me a while but I finally got one with Coach Jenna’s patience and always rooting me on. Now I practice (almost) every time I’m in the box. Next up are several in a row.



The Burning Questions

Inside the box:

Why did you begin CrossFitting? Looking to up my game. Looking for a new community of people. Wanting to learn something new. Love tackling new things.
What’s your first memory of CrossFit Hilton Head? My 1st class after BootCamp – a deer in the headlights. But Pam Bautista took me under her wing and was so kind and supportive. I have since found those qualities to be pervasive throughout CFHH.
What was your worst workout ever? Haven’t really had a worst one ever but there have been times when I wanted to throw up and I do remember one time when I was really struggling with double unders, never got one but sure did try. Was a combo of double unders and 400 or 800m running. Was able to calm down during the run and get my game face back on.
What’s the best part about coming to CrossFit Hilton Head? The community. I love the people. Always supportive of each other. Always encouraging each other. Always laughing at something. The great feeling I get when I walk out to my car after a good tough WOD, saying ‘see you tomorrow!’…
Do you have any CFHH goals? Was double unders. Is still double unders at present, just to do multiple in a row.

Outside the box:

What has CFHH done for you outside of the box? I feel so great. Have good energy all day long. Am more productive in my work. Have a more positive outlook and more patience. Find that I’m more encouraging and supportive of other people than ever before.

Do you have any advice for someone thinking about joining CrossFit Hilton Head? DO IT. Its the best thing I’ve done for myself in a very long time and I’ve tried all sorts of stuff over the years.
What’s next for you outside the gym? Hmmmm. We shall see… Whatever is to come, I’ll know its meant to happen. A firm believer that things happen as they are meant to.

5 questions in 5 seconds:


Would you rather:
Be stronger or faster?
Eat Paleo Pizza or drink Norcal margaritas? Pizza! Any day. If it were a margarita, I want the hard stuff.
Do Fran naked in front of all your friends and PR or do Fran clothed and never have your time improve? Naked as long as everyone else is so we can laugh with each other.
Do 20 muscle ups for time or 200 double unders for time? I’m working on the double unders – a good goal to achieve!
Drink out of somebody else’s water bottle or wear somebody else’s gym clothes? Someone else’s water bottle…we’re all in it together. AnneRnR

Coach’s Thoughts:

Anne has been a member here since September of 2011.
She quite simply epitomizes everything that we teach here.

You know, at CrossFit Hilton Head we get labeled “intense” by many as if it is an epithet.
Those that have never trained with us think we eschew safety for “results on a whiteboard”.
People tell us that we are “hardcore”. As if lifting some weights and sticking to a philosophy on life instead of bending with every breeze that blows in were a bad thing.

I have never told Anne this, but I believe Anne Lawless is the complete testament to what we do here.
First, she bought in to the program and trusted us completely with her training.
She stuck out a rough case of plantar fasciitis and scaled around her injury as she continued to rest her foot AND still come to the gym to get better at her craft.
She strikes the perfect, egoless balance in her training:
She gets outside her comfort zone in a safe manner on a daily basis;
and she is extremely patient with her development as an athlete.
She thoroughly enjoys her time in here every time she is in here. And she is in here a lot.

As a result, her accomplishments speak volumes to her effort.

Anne is kind, free, generous and empathetic.
As a result, people might underestimate her from time to time. That is their mistake.
Anne is also as tough as they come, a fighter in every noble sense of the word, a searcher, a scrapper and a champion.

Her achievements have been impressive. Her spirit even more so. Coaching her is an absolute privilege.