Being the early morning coach is always risky, you never know who the “morning people” are and who the “I need coffee before talkie” people are. But from the first day Camille walked into our gym her radiant smile and bright and fun personality has been such a joy to have in class. Every morning I am greeted with a “Good Morning” and a huge smile. Camille is a college freshman who balances, school, family, church, a relationship and still makes coming to the gym every morning a priority. I wish more young women had the same traits as she does.
Coming from a CrossFit family, her movements are smooth and effortless, she pushes herself but understands the stimulus of each workout. She is a firecracker and has been a staple in the crazy 6:30am class chasing the kids, dealing with the boys and holding her own.
We will miss you this summer! Thank you for being such a huge part of our community!
Tell us a little about yourself?
Hey y’all! My name is Camille Douglas and I was born and raised in Texas. I am now a freshman in the UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program. My boyfriend, Taylor, plays football at UTPB in Odessa, Texas. You might see him at Saturday workouts here and there! I have two more years at NMSU before I head up to Albuquerque to attain a Doctorate in Pharmacology.
How long have you been with us at DDCF and what made you walk in these doors?
I started at DDCF in August of 2018 when I moved to Las Cruces for college! DDCF was recommended to me by my high school track coach/workout partner. I knew I needed a CrossFit family to get through college and I can confidently say that DDCF is my home away from home!
Do you remember your first workout and how you felt after?
I believe my first workout at DDCF had some type of cleans and burpees. I remember Julie commenting from the front of the room how well I was cycling my barbell. Naturally, I turned BRIGHT red being the new girl in the back of the class. I think I was actually working out next to Ross Whiteaker and Jeff Pfeifer and those two would not stop talking to me! Thanks guys!
If you could design the perfect workout for yourself what would it be?
Oh gosh! I would have to go with a decreasing rep scheme and increasing barbell weight for hang squat cleans and maybe a 200 or 400 m run. Yes, I did say running! Being a small girl, I’d much rather run than row or bike any day.
What animal best represents you today?
Ha! I would have to say I’m a bear because I can never sleep past sunrise, always want to eat, and love taking naps.
If you could pick the perfect song to listen during the best workout of your life what would it be?
Tears Don’t Fall by Bullet for My Valentine is my jam. But I’m really down for anything skate/punk/older pop rock!
What is your favorite movement or Olympic lift? least favorite
My favorite Olympic lift is definitely squat cleans. I’m down for barbell cycling all day! My least favorite movement is handstand push-ups because I can only get half of one.
What is one fun fact that we may not know about you?
I did my first ever CrossFit workout when I was in fifth grade (9 years ago). I weighed a little less than 100 lbs and my dad had me doing a combination of kettlebell swings, running, and single under jump ropes. My family owned Blue Collar CrossFit when I was growing up those years are still some of the greatest times of my life. CrossFit has always been a family affair for me! I really can’t imagine my life without it.
Outside of CrossFit what is one of your favorite hobbies or things to do?
I love mowing the grass and doing yard work! I like to get my hands dirty.
What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
When I finally learned the concept of “dropping under the bar” in the squat snatch about 6 years ago, I felt like I was unstoppable! I love the weightless feeling of the barbell while I do snatches and cleans. For that fraction of a second, I feel like I can literally do anything! It was truly one of the most powerful moments I’ve ever experienced. This is dramatic, but I am quite seriously getting emotional just thinking about it!!!
More from Camille:
My Dad found CrossFit around the time my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at just 32 years of age while she was also pregnant. From there, CrossFit became his stress reliever and bonding time with my older brother. By the grace of God, my baby sister was born with a full head of hair while my mother had none. Both gals are now healthy and 13 years cancer free! I shortly started CrossFit a few years after that time and I have never looked back! I can confidently say that both God and CrossFit are what has strengthened my family over the years. When life weighs heavily on my shoulders, I know that I am strong enough to lift it up. When life knocks me flat on my face, I know how to do a burpee and stand right back up. It may sound super cheesy, but CrossFit is both a giant metaphorical and literal solution to life. For all my Blue Collar CrossFit peeps reading this and anyone else who might find this encouraging: Get up, be strong, and take action -Ezra 10:4. Thank you so much DDCF for taking me in and making me feel right at home!