Athlete of the MonthNovember

Darlene Rushing

Career: Operations Coordinator

Years at FireTower Athletics: 1

I decided that moment “I WILL overcome, I WILL get better, I WILL not allow my circumstance to take control of my life and my health."

Hi, my name is Darlene Rushing… and I’m a 1 year Cross Fitter.  I was born in New Jersey, and have lived in Montana for 15 years.

I am the Operations Coordinator for Iron Mountain Inc.   Iron Mountain is a global business dedicated to storing, protecting and managing information and assets.  I have been in this industry for 10 years and love what I do.  I have grown with this industry under Montana Records Management, before Iron Mountain acquired MRM, December 2017.  I started out as their data entry and special project person, to front desk, to Sales Manager, to Assistant Operations Manager.  My role is to coordinate the day to day operations, overseeing the workflows, scheduling, plan daily activities, while building a highly motivated performance team and supporting operations staff with warehouse guidance and knowledge. I have primary contact with clients and accounts, advising on innovative developments, and new business opportunities.

I attended Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, California, after I graduated from high school in 1987.  I majored in Elementary Education and minored in Missions, with hopes that I would be a missionary.  I met my husband, Brian Rushing, while attending college.  We have been married for 29 years, and have 2 children (Kaitlyn – 21 yrs. and Caleb – 20 yrs. old).

Brian and I have worked with teens and young adults for the majority of our lives, and I loved teaching and speaking to ladies groups (ladies retreats and conferences).  I remember thinking while we were working with teens “I can’t wait till we have teens of our own”… LOL… what was I thinking.  I always felt that teens were misunderstood, still do.  It was while my own daughter was struggling, I didn’t realize how much.

Kaitlyn, really struggled early on in high school.  She went into major depression, to self-harming, to not knowing if I would come home and find her alive.  It really took a toll on our family.  We did get her the much needed help she was needing, only to have to deal with my son’s struggles.  I internalized everything, and didn’t realize how much the stress was taking its toll on me too.  The stress that I went through, attacked me in every area physically, mentally, and emotionally.  I was getting so sick, it was not only affecting me internally, it was attacking me to the point I couldn’t even walk.  I thought I was going to be in a wheel chair for the rest of my life.

Being in and out of the Doctor’s office, Emergency Room, MRI’s, C-Scan’s, blood work, all results normal… I realize I was allowing my circumstances, my stresses take control of me.  I decided that moment “I WILL overcome, I WILL get better, I WILL not allow my circumstance to take control of my life and my health.

I took my life back into my own hands, I forced myself to take small walks (with my cell phone, per family, in case I fall).  I was doing whatever it took to destress, lots of baths, relaxation techniques, and voicing my hurts and insecurities, and finally exercising slowly, little by little.

Eventually I was able to work out and joined a gym.  Brian, my husband, had this crazy idea that I should compete in something.  He was so proud of how far I had come physically.  He heard about the Spartan Race, and he put a fire under me.  I worked out every night at the gym, but it was my son who kept encouraging me to do CrossFit.  I was so afraid of CrossFit, thinking “I could never do that”.  Then I met Jenny Fuller, she invited me to go to a class with her at FireTower CrossFit, and I fell in love with it.

I joined FireTower CrossFit in August 2017.  I love the classes, I love the fact that there are never 2 of the same workouts in the week.  I love being pushed to do things I never thought I could do, or what I don’t particularly like (running and the assault bike ), because everyone is doing it, and we are a group.

I love so many things about CrossFit.  I love my box, we are a community, and we encourage and uplift each other.  The coaches are just AMAZING, they are each so different in their style of coaching, and I learn so much from each of them.  I love the programming… cardio, strength, and technique.  I love belonging to such a group, it has helped me soooo much.

Being part of FireTower CrossFit has been such a satisfying accomplishment every day I walk into the box.  It’s my 1st sport ever… 49 years old… and I feel like “WONDER WOMAN”!!!

Typical Day for Darlene consists of:

Waking up at 4:30am to have coffee time with my husband, taking him to work, making a protein shake, 8am head off to work, 5:30pm go workout, come home and eat, clean up and head to bed around 8:30-9:00pm.

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