Missy Gaston

Missy Gaston

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach


Member Since 2011


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
  • Why are you doing Crossfit?

    To stay strong as I get older and to avoid osteoporosis. I also do it for the community. I have met so many inspirational people since I began Crossfit.

  • What got you started doing Crossfit?

    I started doing Crossfit because it sounded like fun. A co-worker was talking about knees to elbows, toes to bar, and pull-ups. I thought that I’d love to do those things. I also wanted to build my upper body strength for a climb up Mt Whitney.

  • Why do you stay with it? Stopping would be disastrous.

  • Why you Crossfit and what do you like most about it.

    I like the feeling of strength I have after really difficult WODs. I also like the feeling of community we have at the box.

  • We all have goals-what are you working towards?

    Becoming a better coach as well as increasing my strength. I would love to one day do a muscle up.

  • How long have you been doing CrossFit?

    I began in 2011.

  • How do you get through and what is the most difficult/frustrating WOD.

    The most frustrating thing for me is being patient with myself and realizing it takes time to see progress. It’s pretty infuriating when I know I can do something (like double-unders) but struggle to be consistent with them.

  • What workout really gets you excited when you walk into the box?

    Any workout with handstand push-ups or pistols.

  • Your favorite CrossFit movement and your most dreaded CF movement

    Favorite - gymnastic movements. Dreaded - overhead squats or burpee box jumps.

  • What eating plans do you follow and what is your typical "go to" meal/snack?

    I have been using the zone diet to prepare most of my meals. I admit to cheating on occasion.

  • What is your favorite cheat?

    Skinny pop popcorn.

  • What made you want to get your L1?

    I was getting ready to retire from teaching and thought it would be a challenge. I have always enjoyed helping those new to Crossfit get started.

  • What certifications or specialties do you have? (CrossFit or Other, School sports played?)

    L1, Spot the Flaw. Ran track in high school

  • What do you do when you're not Crossfitting?

    I enjoy xc-skiing, skate skiing, and downhill skiing. I do a little running and occasionally run half marathons or 15ks. In the summer I enjoy camping and hiking. I read at least 3 books a week.

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