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Today we check in with one of our 7am members, Erin Tischer — Crossfitting since: I started at one of Tina's boot camps in March 2016 and I think I transitioned to CrossFit in May 2016 — A little about yourself: I was born in Texas, but have lived in Southeastern Wisconsin for most of my 34 years. I grew up playing soccer from the age of 6 and didn't stop until I became a police officer for the City of Milwaukee. With the dynamic schedule and ever changing hours I had to bow out of playing club soccer, so I picked up running. I never thought I would say I ran a marathon or two, but I have and I was able to run the Berlin Germany Marathon. I loved running but I felt like I was lacking something. So I did TRX at a local gym for a bit until it closed, but prior to that gym closing the owner suggested Badger CrossFit — How did you get into CrossFit? One door closed and another opened for me. I loved boot camp but was excited to push myself even harder. I started with Function classes despite Tina telling me that I could handle CrossFit classes. Once I got over that nervousness of "OMG what have I got myself into and I hope no one sees me screw up too bad," I became addicted and fell into a routine with the 7am crew — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? Besides going down in pant size!!! My job is physically demanding, at times, and I feel that I have become stronger and faster because of CrossFit; making me more secure in my abilities as an officer — What makes Badger CrossFit unique? The camaraderie between each athlete at the gym. Because of my chaotic schedule, I do drop in on the PM classes from time to time and I feel you are treated like you have always been coming to that class. Additionally, the coaches are amazing! I had some personal struggles with my parents passing when I first joined the gym and the compassion and sincerity that was shown to me from coaches who may not have known me very well made me realize (even more) that the coaches care for every individual athlete at Badger — Advice for people just getting started: You will do fine; if you have a question ask, someone will help walk you through it.