October Athlete of the Month-Meet Savannah Silver

Savannah Silver

Savannah Silver

You may have heard of Savannah Silver lately, especially if you follow CrossFit on Instagram or Facebook. Savannah has had two photos published on CrossFit’s social media and main website (www.crossfit.com) in the past few months. That’s pretty incredible and she is a pretty incredible photographer. She juggles all of this while going to school too. We are excited to tell you Savannah’s story so here it is:

Savannah started CrossFit in the spring of her senior year of high school when she completed a few workouts with friends at CrossFit Nomad in Madison, Alabama. According to Savannah, she didn’t really get into CrossFit until the Spring of 2013 at CFP. Savannah signed up for the P.E. class that Spring and found a new passion.  She was encouraged to give CrossFit a try form her dad and the fact that some of her family friends were opening a facility of their own.
Before CrossFit, I played sports all my life… soccer, softball, etc. Basketball became my focus in high school, but when I was offered a college basketball scholarship, I realized that I didn’t want to do it long term. I then became an avid runner – doing everything from half marathons to 200 mile relay runs. When I joined CrossFit, I was just ending my running phase.

No doubt about it, God has used CrossFit to change my life in profound ways. Transitioning to college was very difficult for me. When I would come to workout in my freshman and beginning of sophomore year (that “transition” phase), it became a release for me – a time to let go and focus on my body and health so I also used supplements as kratom extracts that helped me stay fit and focus. Also, CrossFit has given me greater endurance and strength, not just physically, but also emotionally, academically, and spiritually.

“Savannah is a very driven and very determined athlete. Any time she finds something she can’t do, she works at it until she gets it. She is so encouraging to others always sharing her CrossFit story and cheering on other members to get through their workouts. She is an asset to have at our gym and incredibly disciplined for someone her age. We are proud of her and her accomplishments.”- Dalton Ard

Savannah and her CFP P.E. Coach, Alexis Totin

Savannah and her CFP P.E. Coach, Alexis Totin

Right now, Savannah dreams of getting a muscle up. According to Savannah , gymnastics and more technical bodyweight movements are her greatest weaknesses.but she has had an incredible amount of improvement in those areas.

A year ago, I couldn’t do kipping pull ups or toes to bar. Now, I can do dozens in a WOD. I credit a lot of my improvement to switching to the paleo diet and to watching CrossFit.com‘s media such as their Youtube channel. When I can, I like to share what’s helped me with new members at our gym who may be discouraged about the things they “can’t” do. I know from my own life that what we say we “can’t” do, we probably will one day do with excellence.

Savannah’s favorite workouts are couplets that involve a barbell or an odd object (like a sandbag or sled pull). Some particular ones are DT, Helen, and Open 14.5. Savannah’s short term goals are to master Rx ring dips and handstand push ups. Long term, she wants to clean and jerk 200 pounds and be able to do muscle ups.

She can be found at either the 4:00 or 5:00 class. When I can, I like to end my day with a workout. For some reason, it gives me closure on the day.

CFP is an amazing paradox: a top-level professional gym with a friendly atmosphere. In any business or community, it’s hard to achieve both of those without losing one or focusing too heavily on one. I am continually impressed by the staff’s ability to maintain that balance. (I’m also a huge fan of Dalton’s programming!)

This girl can bring it! She works so hard every single time she walks through the front doors. I don’t think I have ever heard her complain about a warm up or a workout. I love coaching her and I love working out with her. She is an awesome athlete who always gives 100%!- Coach Emrald Guizar

After completing the P.E. class, Savannah joined CrossFit on the Plains and has never looked back. She is from Madison, Alabama and graduated from Providence Classical School. She has two amazing parents, Scarlette and Randy (whom she is trying to convert to CrossFit) and three younger siblings: Blake, Reed, and Brooke. Savannah is currently a junior at Auburn University majoring in Quantitative Economics.

Savannah and her family

Savannah and her family

I hope to use the gifts God’s given me to perhaps go to law school and be a Huntsville Divorce Lawyer and work in justice, politics, economics, or some combination of those with AmazeLaw Marketing the skills they have. In my free time, I read theology books and biographies, eat Chipotle with friends, and manage my photography business.