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September ’16

September Athlete of the Month:

Mina Thorgeson 



When did you start doing CrossFit?

December 2013

What is my favorite WOD?

The Twelve Days of Christmas

What is your least favorite WOD?


What is your favorite lift?

Any Jerk

What is your least favorite lift?


What is your favorite cheat meal?

Any type of pasta followed by an almond cupcake with buttercream frosting!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have four grown children, son-in –law and daughter-in-law living all over the southeast and one here in Jackson.  Visiting them is always fun and a good excuse to eat my cheat meal at local restaurants!  My job as Director of Sales and Event Manager for the Ridgeland Tourism Commission is perfect for me. Selling Ridgeland as a destination affords me enough travel to make it interesting and an opportunity to showcase all that Ridgeland and Mississippi have to offer.  Trying to fit in golf and cycling along with Crossfit is challenging and leaves little time for much else, but I do manage to watch LSU football and piddle around in the kitchen trying new recipes.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

 I was a regular at a gym with routines that were very repetitive and long lines for the equipment.  My daughter introduced me to Crossfit three years ago and have never been back to the gym.

What were your thoughts after your first WOD?

I can do this!

What were your goals when you joined Coyote?

I wanted to accomplish at least one Toes to Bar and Double Under.

Have you achieved any of these goals?

Yes, but not without the help of the coaches, especially Chris, and the support of the Coyote family. 

Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

Absolutely.  When I travel and book a hotel, I immediately check for the closest Crossfit gym in that city.  If there are none, I make up a WOD at the hotel gym and am amused at the stares!  The picture was taken in March at a box in Winston-Salem, NC.  Crossfit has definitely improved my golf game and endurance on the bike not to mention maintaining my weight and overall health.

Do you have any special memories/achievements during your time at Coyote?

My daughter encouraged me to sign up for the Open this winter and I competed in the Masters scaled division.  Competing alongside with Kym gave me the motivation to work harder on my workouts so that I can improve next year.  And, judging the Coyote Crossfit Challenge was a blast.  One lasting memory that meant so much was  when I was not able to do any of the WODS for a few weeks, but I could ride the Airdyne. Not wanting to feel isolated, the coaches moved the bike near the class. I would cycle while they did the WOD until I could ease back into class.

What advice would you give someone just starting at Coyote?

Don’t quit!  It takes time.  When starting, I could not jump on a six inch box and two years later, I was doing 20 inch box jumps!

Tell us something we might not know about you?

I am celebrating my 60th birthday this month but don’t tell anyone!