Kat Passlack Guillen
CrossFit tends to specialize in “not” specializing—in other words, it’s about making a person so well-rounded that they can adequately handle any challenge life throws their way. It’s about being functionally fit for life.
So, while I’m always impressed by people who use CrossFit as a means to achieve healthy lifestyle goals, I can’t help but watch in awe when I see an athlete who is versatile and skilled in a wide range of activities—so skilled that they embody the “elite sport” aspect of CrossFit.
It takes humility, intuition, and remarkable determination to become a gymnast, collegiate rower, cyclist, CrossFitter, and an olympic weightlifter. Kat Guillen is all of these—and she’s my athlete of the month.
I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Kat in the Oly Club and I’ve watched her make tremendous progress. As a gymnast, Kat trained her entire life to maintain certain positions that, while necessary for gymnastics, were not conducive to weightlifting. She recognized this obstacle and worked hard to shape her mind for new training techniques. Now, she can move from a handstand pirouette to a snatch (and everything in between) with near perfect form and incredible strength.
Even though Kat came to Ground Zero with an extensive sports background, she has never relied on her past experiences to achieve her goals. Kat constantly pushes herself to improve in new areas and develop her fitness.
Her dedication and hard work doesn’t end in the gym, either—she recently competed in a 100 mile bicycle race, she’s brilliant in the science lab, and she’s devoted to her friends and family. I admire this athlete in the gym and in life in so many ways.
Kat, you are an inspiration! Keep up the great work!
-Coach Meredith McCue.