Athlete Spotlight: Hannah Stevenson

CrossFit Elevation is so grateful for the opportunity to feature Hannah Stevenson as our Spotlight Athlete this quarter. She’s a force and a character and a kindness in our community that we value intrinsically. Not only has Hannah made incredible gains in her health and fitness, but she’s made her process toward improvement a lifestyle. The integrity and dedication with which she’s approached her CrossFit training and nutrition regimen is both admirable and inspiring.

And does anything make you want to bust your ass a little harder than the sound of Hannah coming up out of a heavy clean? Not a thing I can think of.

Hannah Stevenson

Home town:
Cary, North Carolina

Profession and educational background:
Elementary Special Education Teacher. I did my undergrad at Denison University and earned my masters from University of Colorado in Denver.

Sports participated in:
Soccer, ice hockey and basketball

Time in CrossFit:
2.5 years

What got you started in CrossFit:
My sister joined a gym in Houston and convinced me it was a good idea.

What is your biggest accomplishment in CrossFit, thus far:
I was pretty excited to get handstand pushups.

You’ve recently made tremendous strides with your athletic performance and nutrition. What do you attribute that success to? In other words, how are you doing it:
I got to a point where I was working out 4 to 5 times per week, was pretty active, but I was not living a healthy lifestyle. I was aimless with, and uninformed about, nutrition. There seem to be about a million approaches to nutrition so I did some research and picked something that I thought would work for me. The first 3-5 weeks of counting macros were really hard but I stayed accountable and focused. 5 months later and I hardly think twice about it. I am so much stronger and have so much more energy for everything I want to do. That said, I don’t think I could live without eating ice cream, tacos, and pizza on a regular basis. My journey has been about being serious about my goals, but having enough balance to still enjoy my life. From November 18th to April 12th I've successfully lost 30 pounds and changed my body composition, gaining lean body mass and dropping fat.

What are you most proud of since starting CrossFit:
CrossFit has become so much more than just workouts. It has helped me develop a certain degree of discipline and a work ethic that I never had as a kid playing organized sports. I was always a good athlete but never a standout player, because I admiringly tended to be lazy in practice. There is something about coming into the gym, being part of the Elevation community, that makes me want to work my tail off and improve. Seeing the hard work everyone else puts it, it feels rude not to give it my all. Now that discipline is transferring to other parts of my life. I guess I’m proud of the effort I am putting in to make myself better.

What is your biggest challenge:
Our society feeds women so much garbage about what our bodies should look like and how we should eat. It’s so nice to be around so many women at the gym that want to be strong and fit and eat doughnuts. But I still have to work hard to filter the messages society gives us about beauty.

Do you have any recommendations/advice for your Elevation Nation teammates:
Don’t be afraid to push yourself. Don’t be afraid to get better.

What is your ultimate goal as an athlete:
Big lifts! I want to be really strong and be able to do all of the movements. And I want to still be doing this when I am 80.

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by:
“If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

From whom or where do you draw your inspiration:
My dad is my hero. He raised my sisters and me. He also happened to be a great athlete and played division 1 football. He then spent the first 10 years out of college backcountry skiing, rock climbing, and doing wilderness trips. I even heard some stories about him building houseboats on the Columbia River and working as a lumberjack somewhere in Washington (the 70s, man!). Everyone idolizes their parents but my dad is an all around badass. He nurtured our athleticism and celebrated our strength. I feel like I was getting the “strong is beautiful” message from him from infancy. I am so grateful to have such a solid person in my life so I try my best to make him proud.

Burning desires:
Doing all of the Open workouts RX would be awesome.

15 minutes to 3RM Tempo HBBS 4/4/X/4
3x3 Tempo HBBS @ 85%

Burpee broad jumps

Base Camp

Skills: Front Squat, Burgener warm Up and Push Press

10 minute AMRAP
7 Front Squat
7 Push Press
7 Push Up