Athlete: Alison is a fairly new member to 717, if she looks familiar it may be because she was featured in the piece that ABC27 News did on us in January!  Alison has definitely taken a sip of the CrossFit Kool-Aid, she is committed to working her weaknesses and reaching her full potential as an athlete.  Alison brings a ray of sunshine to every class with her contagious smile.  She has made so much progress this far we are excited to see what the next year brings for her!

1. Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in sunny San Diego and moved out to Camp Hill when I was 8 and my sister was 11.

2. What is your athletic background?
I grew up doing gymnastics and tap both of which I was pretty terrible. Throughout middle school I followed in my big sisters footsteps with softball, swimming and diving. I thought I made a pretty phenomenal bench warmer. When I went to college I started out at HACC, Harrisburg Area Community College. I wanted to be on a team and went to try out for volleyball and found out I was too late and they already had enough for a team. Walking out of the building a woman called me over and asked if I ever played basketball, of which I replied never. She quickly asked if I wanted to be on women’s basketball team because they did not have enough players to make a team that year. So naturally I said yes, this starts my college ball days. Of course being 5’4 with no ability to jump nor shoot catapulted me to new heights in my athletic career. Instead I met some amazing girls, learned you should never tackle anyone in the game of basketball, and had a really great year at HACC. Later on moving to Washington D.C., the land of recreational sports, I started playing competitive flag football. Needless to say the heart was willing to be a part of a sports team but the body was an uncoordinated clumsy mess.

3. How did you get started with CrossFit?
One of my best friends down in Virginia Beach had told me about CrossFit when we were at the academy in 2010. She and her Husband, a navy seal, had loved CrossFit. I had heard how bad it was for your joints and the type of injuries that were common and I was turned off. A few years later I moved across the street from CrossFit Mainline in Ardmore, PA on May 30th Memorial Day. I had moved in early around 8am and noticed some crazy people running up and down the street with weighted vests on. They rallied in the parking lot then started again every hour on the hour for TWENTY FOUR HOURS. I would walk my dog and they would still be at it. I was like these people are insane, have incredible bodies, and where do I sign up. The next day I started my crash course in Crossfit and was immediately hooked and felt for the first time that this could be something I could excel at.

4. How long have you been at CrossFit 717?
I moved home from Philadelphia at the end of October 2016 and jumped right in to CrossFit 717 since I had dropped in a few times while visiting my family. The atmosphere was welcoming and I knew I had a found a great spot to begin my training.

5. What is your favorite type of CrossFit workout (ex: AMRAP, EMOM, Chipper, etc.)?
My favorite would have to be the EMOM.

6. What exercises/WODs do you dislike?
I dislike anything with a handstand, the strict press, and DUs are the mountain I’m attempting to climb now.


7. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
It’s a toss-up between completing the 12 Days of Christmas and the one day Jamie encouraged me to go heavier and I was able to do it.

8. What is your biggest goal in life?
To be a Proverbs 31 Woman.


9. Where did you go to high school/college?
Cedar Cliff, HACC (Associates), Penn State (Undergrad), George Mason (Masters)

10. What is your current occupation?
I work for the federal government investigating white collar crime and public corruption in Philadelphia and here in Harrisburg.

11. Who is your favorite CrossFit Athlete?
Kara Webb, Chyna Cho, Kelsey Kiel, Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet, Brooke Wells, and my all-time Favorite Katrin Davidsdottir.

12.  What is your favorite movie and why?
Pride and Prejudice


13.  What is your favorite thing about CrossFit 717?
My favorite thing about CrossFit 717 are its members and coaches. The coaches are exceptional and make every class fun. They are always willing to help or answer questions even if it eats into their own training time. The athletes and coaches at the gym motivate me to come every day. I’ve learned nothing is impossible and I am stronger and braver than I think.

14.  What is your biggest pet peeve?
Slow drivers.

15. What is craziest thing you have ever done?
Skiing Snowbird Mountain in Utah having only had one lesson at Ski Roundtop.

16. Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to?
It’s a tie between Glen Arbor, Michigan or Avignon, France

17. What would you say is your worst personality trait and why?
I can be ridged at times

18. Did you or do you have a nickname?  What’s the story behind it?
Big Al. I’ve had it since I was a little girl from an old family friend. Hate it, but my sister will never let me forget it.

19. What is your favorite genre of music to workout to?  What are your top 3 workout songs?
Christian, Country or Classic Rock

20. Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
Jesus Christ


21. What do you feel is the most important invention in the past 100 years and why?
The internet

22. What are your hobbies and interests outside of the box?
Anything outdoors – Running, Hiking, Kayaking, Trail Running, Bike Riding, Camping, Fishing, Boating and Skiing pretty much I’m up for anything. Anything indoors – FOOD PREP with my sis, Board games, Movies, Bowling, Coffee, Reading, Cleaning/Organizing, and Decorating pretty much I’m up for anything haha.