Athlete of the MonthNovember

Payton Netz

Career: Student

Years at FireTower Athletics: 7

I’ve gained many things from crossfit, not only strength but confidence, competition and an amazing workout community.

I’m a 22 year old student at Carroll College, about to graduate in two weeks actually! I was born and raised in Great Falls, and moved to Helena five years ago to go to school and to play college soccer. I’ve played soccer my entire life, and up until last fall that’s what my life consisted of.

I’ve been doing crossfit for 7 years now on and off (mostly off) and not until recently has it become apart of my everyday life. My sophomore year of high school my dad signed me up to do crossfit because he thought that it would be beneficial. I couldn’t do a pull-up, a push up and after the first day I couldn’t walk down a flight of stairs. Fast forward to my sophomore year of college I still struggled with pull-ups and push-ups, and at Carroll we had a fitness test that included both of those. In a similar fashion my dad signed me up and during that summer I did crossfit about two times a week. That fall, I passed the strength portion of the fitness test (by one) I thought I was in shape when I played soccer, but I’m confident to say that I’m now in the best shape of my life! I can now do pull-ups, and currently still trying to perfect my pushup.

After I was done I really struggled finding something that challenged me the way soccer did. It wasn’t until Murph of last year that I found exactly that. I’ve gained many things from crossfit, not only strength but confidence, competition and an amazing workout community.

I have to give a special shout out to my mom- she’s the one that pushed me to go to the box to begin with, and without her I don’t think I would be there every day, and now I am the one that pushes her to go.

There are so many great things about FireTower! The community, the workouts, the noon class, but my most favorite thing is there is always something to get better at.

What is your typical day look like? 

I’m an early riser, I go to class, I work out at noon (I try to go every day), then class again and then most likely work.

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