Our Ole Glory South’s Athlete of the Month for March is Lana Alfano. She first learned about CrossFit from one of her best friends who mentioned going to a two week free trial that Ole Glory CrossFit was offering. While her friend only attended a handful of classes, Lana ended up loving it and decided to join. She may not remember her first workout, but she admits that she was very proud of herself for completing the WOD. It makes a year this month that she has been a dedicated member. Happy Anniversary, Lana!
Although she has only been doing CrossFit for a year, Lana already has a list of goals she has set for herself. She recently mastered a wall handstand, which she states made her “feel like a kid again.” Next on her list to accomplish are unassisted pull-ups, handstand push-ups and handstand walks. “That’s the great thing about CrossFit. You will always be able to challenge yourself and set new goals.”
Like any CrossFit athlete, we all have our likes and dislikes. Lana enjoys anything with a barbell and says she “rocked the static overhead barbell hold” during a recent workout. On the other hand, she pretty much despises wall balls and the dreadful assault bike. “Those are my evil crutches.”
Since joining at Ole Glory South, Lana says she has noticed changes throughout her whole body as well as an increase in strength and having more energy during the day. Her family has also seen these changes and they are continuously expressing how proud they are of her commitment.
As a child Lana enjoyed partaking in sports and admits she was sort of a tomboy. “My best friend was a boy and we played basketball, baseball, football, etc. I played softball for several years in my youth.” She stayed active as a teenager and young adult participating in aerobics, dance and yoga. After giving birth to her youngest child, she fell into postpartum depression. “After my divorce, my life gradually spiraled down. It was tough being a single mom, so I ate to survive. Food was the only thing that made me feel a little bit better. I lost myself in the process and gained over 100 lbs.” Feeling miserable and dealing with many health issues, she decided to have gastric sleeve surgery in July of 2016. “It saved my life. I have lost over 80 lbs. and I am on the road to being the healthiest I have ever been.”
In her non-CrossFit life Lana is “holding tight” to 49 years of age. She has two young adult children, Julia 22, and Dylan who is 20. She works for IberiaBank Mortgage (Jefferson Terrance Branch in New Iberia) and is the Louisiana Loan Closing Manager. She has been employed with them for a combined total of 13 years. In her free time she enjoys baking cakes and cupcakes as a side gig. Hanging out with her friends is also a favorite past-time. “I have a good group of friends and we love to travel and cut up way too much sometimes. I am truly blessed with a great support system.”
When we asked Lana what her favorite part of Ole Glory is she stated the owners, coaches and members. “It’s like being part of a really great family. Everyone is so supportive and up-lifting. I can’t imagine going anywhere else and being coached by anyone other than our coaches.”
If you are interested in starting CrossFit here are a few words of advice from Lana. “Don’t give up. It will be hard. It will challenge you. You will be intimidated, but you will get it. I had to Google a lot of the ‘CrossFit terminology’ because I was clueless. Take a deep breath and just do it!”
“The devil whispered in my ear, ‘you’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.’ Today I whispered in the devil’s ear, ‘I am the storm.’”
Congratulations on all of your hard work, Lana!