May: Kat Austin

Kat Austin

Month you were born in:  July

Where you are originally from and/or where you live now:  
I live in Mansfield, grew up in Princeton, New Jersey
What days/times you typically train at VBC:  
I’m a morning chick, 6 or 9am usually
My proudest accomplishment(s) in my training:  
Well the most obvious is being part of Team Vagabond at the Northeast Regionals this year, it was an incredible experience!  Seriously everything I do at Vagabond is a proud accomplishment.  I had to work hard (very hard) to learn muscle ups and lots of the other gymnastics movements and I am thankful for every failed attempt and every word of encouragement because it made the end result so much sweeter!
Some current training goals and/or personal goals are:  
Training goals are to keep enjoying it all and staying healthy.  Crossfit is humbling so I realize there’s always room for improvement, in everything!  There will always be someone better out there so I have to stay in my own head.  My personal goals are similar, to keep loving my life and keeping a good balance between work/home/gym life (haha, yes, gym life is a large block of my current life).
What’s the best thing about Vagabond?  
Sorry, can’t choose just one… Vagabond is my safe zone.  Everyone comes in for the same reason and the same goal of getting the workout done regardless of what phase you’re doing or even if you fail (face it, we’re human, we all fail sometimes).  We all struggle from time to time but the accomplishment you feel when the workout ends is worth it!  And it all makes me a better mom: more patient, more resilient, more prepared to face challenges!  I have met amazing people that I really wouldn’t have ever had the opportunity to meet in my “other” life.  They make me smile, they make me laugh and they just generally make my life better!  I have also gained a confidence that I have never had.  I no longer judge myself and compare myself to everybody else, now I wear my muscles proudly and for the first time in my life I don’t worry about my imperfections because I feel so good.  It might have taken me 37 years to get here but I’m glad I did and now I am able to teach my children these lessons while they’re still young!  Watching my kids pretend to be coach Kevin and doing wods in the backyard and comparing their muscles is the ultimate best!  They see that strong is beautiful which is what Vagabond has taught me!