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This week we check in with a 5:30/6:30p regular, Rachel Sullivan! — CrossFitting since: July 2016. — A little about yourself: Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, sports were a huge part of my life as a three sport athlete. I put athletics aside when I attended my dream school, the University of Michigan (Go Blue!!!). I moved to Milwaukee for medical school and have been here ever since. I’m currently a pediatric cardiology fellow at Children’s Hospital, where I love caring for some amazing little heart warriors. — How did you get into CrossFit? Burnout is a huge concern in medical training. As a resident, I decided to take very intentional steps to incorporate more balance in my life to prevent burnout and maintain my passion for a career I love. I also figured that as a budding cardiologist, I should probably incorporate some heart healthy habits into my lifestyle. As far as fitness after high school, I occasionally considered myself a runner and had attempted to join a more typical gym. However, I never really felt invested or excited about my workouts, which made it easy for me to use my busy schedule as an excuse to not exercise regularly. As a former athlete, I wanted a challenge that would keep me interested and motivated. I tried my first function class, and after struggling through my first workout I signed up for a membership that same day and have never looked back. — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? Since joining the gym, I am definitely stronger and more fit than I have ever been. More importantly, though, I feel more balanced and mentally much stronger. This gives me more energy and enables me to give my best effort in all aspects of my life. — What makes Badger CrossFit unique? This is not a novel answer, but I think the people are what make Badger so amazing. The coaches are all so invested and each bring their own flavor to class. And the members really do create a community atmosphere. As a pretty reserved person by nature, I figured I’d just show up for class, stick to myself, and get a great workout in. Now, one of my favorite parts of going to the gym is seeing friends who motivate me and push me harder every class.