March Featured Athlete: Natalie Dees

Lover of Top Golf, patio drinks and Olympic lifts, meet our newest intern and this month’s Featured Athlete!







  1. What’s your athletic background?

    Growing up I played volleyball and softball; through college I dabbled in running, and now I’m just a washed up intramural player and wannabe CrossFitter

  2. What was your first experience with CF?

    A girl I worked with in college talked me in to going with her to a gym we had started hearing a little bit about. (Mind you, she was about a foot taller than me). We show up, and the coach told us we were doing a mile buddy carry, so I had to give this giant a piggyback ride for a mile since I wasn’t nearly strong/coordinated enough to do a fireman’s carry. It was ridiculous.

  3. When did you start CF?

    I dipped my toe in the CF pond in college; but, didn’t get ‘serious’ about it until about 2 years ago

  4. Why did you choose CrossFit Memorial Hill?

    A coworker wouldn’t stop singing The Hill’s praises when I was in the market for a new gym, and also I low key stalked girls from The Hill at a CF competition and thought they seemed pretty alright, so I gave it a try

  5. What keeps you coming back?

    There are too many thing to name; I love coming to hang out with my friends each day and have an opportunity to encourage one another in something that we can all relate to, no matter everyone’s individual skill level or ability. Everyone at The Hill makes it fun to push yourself mentally and physically and I love that you all provide a fantastic place for us all to come and just be better people all around. Also, I really appreciate that no matter what kind of day you’re having, you can drop in, be with people who care about your wellbeing, and leave in a better mood. Win, win, win.

  6. Why do you live in KC and how do you like to spend your free time?

    I moved to KC after college for my job. Is there a better place than KC to crunch numbers? I’m always down for a sporting event, showing off my golf skills at Top Golf, or patio drinks

  7. What do you like about KC?

    I love that there’s always something going on if you just want to get out and do cool things or mingle  – First Fridays, Boulevardia, shopping West Bottoms, etc.

  8. What are one or two improvements you have seen in your life since starting CF?

    Finding a way to workout that’s fun and exciting makes it so easy to stay committed to being healthy so that’s definitely a plus. Also, I think having a community of like-minded people valuable in so many ways. Lastly, I can pick up heavy things and put them back down whenever I feel like it.

  9. What are your goals for 2017?

    I have a list of about 12 things; but, I won’t bore you with the details. I think my top goals for 2017 are: improving T2B & HSPUs and getting up & down the darn peg board

  10. What would you say to someone thinking about starting CF?

    I’d just say that it may seem intimidating to walk into a gym for the first time where it’s loud and seems chaotic with a lot going on; but, at the end of the day even people who have been doing it for years still have that little internal struggle over whether they really want to go to the gym after a long day, etc. but the hardest part is showing up. So, if you can just get yourself to walk in the door, the rest is easy.

  11. What’s your favorite & least favorite CF movement?

    Favorite = Olympic lifts (all of them), Least favorite = thrusters

  12. What’s your favorite cheat meal?

    Any sweets I can get my hands on. Cookie Monster.

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