Charlotte, NC (Rising CrossFit Ballatyne)
5'7" / 125lbs
- 2014 3rd Place Team Competition Mid Atlantic Regionals
- 2014 5th Place Mid Atlantic Open
- 2013 2nd Place Mid Atlantic Open
- 2013 18th Place World Wide Open
- 2013 3rd Place Individual Mid Atlantic Regionals
- 2013 CrossFit Games Event 5 (Zig Zag Sprint) - 1st Place Individual
- 2013 33rd Place CrossFit Games Individual Competitor
- 2012 4th Place Mid-Atlantic Regionals
- 2012 2nd Place Mid-Atlantic Open
- 2012 12th Place World-Wide Open
- 2011 4th Place Mid-Atlantic Open
- 2011 24th Place World Wide Open
- Power Clean - 225#
- Clean and Jerk - 205#
- Snatch - 160#
- Deadlift -345#
- Front Squat - 250#
- Back Squat - 280#
- OHS - 190#
- Fran - 2:21
- Grace - 1:37
- Diane - 2:05
- Karen (my personal fav) - 4:13
- Fight Gone Bad - 437
Michelle has been an athlete her entire life, playing everything she could growing up, and then earning a full athletic scholarship to play field hockey for the University of Virginia. After graduating college, she played on the US National field hockey team, representing the US all over the world. She retired from hockey after marrying her college sweetheart in July of 2000. She then got her law degree at Wake Forest University and began practicing law in Charlotte, NC. But she knew sitting behind a desk just wasn’t her thing. So she started teaching boot camp classes and sprint workouts at the local YMCA before work. This hobby turned into a newfound love and quickly thereafter she was introduced to the growing sport of CrossFit.
"I officially started CrossFit in 2010, a few weeks after the birth of my second daughter. My entire first year of CrossFit, I would do a met con on my own and then go run some sprints or longer distances. A few months later, the 2011 Open rolled around. A friend convinced me to enter, so I signed up the night before the first WOD was announced. Six workouts later, I found myself in 4th place in the region and top 25 in the world. I received my invite to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals and wondered what I had gotten myself into!!!
A month later, I showed up at Mid-Atlantic Regionals completely clueless. I looked around, people had coaches, and weird shoes they used for weight lifting. They had recovery drinks and paleo snacks and strategies for each event.I had a granola bar and a bottle of Gatorade.
Needless to say, I didn’t do so hot that first competition. I struggled with movements like HSPU and heavy weights that I had literally never tried before and came in 17th place overall. I was sort of embarrassed by my performance, but that humbling experience was the start of something great. I came home that summer and knew CrossFit was something I wanted to pursue seriously.
Three years later, I am the proud owner of Rising CrossFit Ballantyne in Charlotte, NC. After having the awesome experience of competing in the 2013 Games as an individual, I got to compete with my team this year at Regionals and help them earn a spot in the 2014 Games team competition. It has been a great year opening a brand new box and training with some of my closest friends, including my younger sister, and now to be heading to Carson, CA for the Games!
I am so grateful to have found CrossFit at this stage of my life. I am a 37-year old wife and mother of two young girls, and that is by far the most important role I play and the most rewarding. But, thanks to CrossFit, I also still get to be a competitive athlete. It is such a blessing to still be able to lace up my shoes and compete in an athletic arena, practically every day. I told my husband I hope I am still doing pull-ups and competing when I am 100! He thinks I am crazy but he knows it is in my blood and what I love!"