Molly McHugh

I'm an average 25 year old woman.  I am not an elite well known athlete.  But I am an athlete, thanks to CrossFit.  I was never very in to fitness and my lifestyle definitely reflected that.  I was always overweight growing up and as hard as it was it was something I had come to accept.  When I found CrossFit in March of 2014 my life was forever changed.  My brother and sister-in-law had done it for a while and I thought they were crazy and that I would never be able to do what they could.  I took a leap of faith and bought a Groupon for a membership. After my first class, I had never felt more empowered in my life.  I knew I was in love even though I was pretty sure my arms and legs were going to fall off.  I now workout twice a day and eat clean in order to live well.
Flash forward a few months:  I decided I wanted to start training more specifically with Olympic lifting.  I loved the style and the finesse it seemed to take to make the barbell work how you want it to.  I was hooked.  I began training for my first competition and have been striving to improve every day since.  
Currently, my biggest goal is to lose enough weight so that I can go in the military to be a medic.  My whole family is military and I feel that it is my turn to give back.  I am down over 20lbs with a long journey still ahead of me but I know that the end result will be worth every second.  In order to obtain this goal, I spend anywhere from 1-5 hours a day with my friend and coach Duke Perino at Crossfit Cervus in Hainesport NJ.  I have never met a more supportive group of friends in my life as I have there and I look forward to continuing this journey.