Sheryl Porter - Awesome Member in November 

Sheryl Porter - Awesome Member in November 

Name: Sheryl Porter

Nickname: “SP”

How long have you been doing CrossFit? Since June 2013

Where do you work at?  What is your position?  What do you do there?


Director of Beauty Education

I have the privilege of creating and deploying training to Dillard’s team of nearly 6,000 Beauty Advisors in 29 states.  My customers are the girls (and guys) on the front lines in our stores.  I love hosting training events to get them pumped up about selling and treating our customers like friends. 

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

I like to go to the box first thing on Saturday morning.  Starting the weekend focused on myself is a great transition from a hectic work week to a more relaxed state of mind.  I’ll work on a WOD I missed during the week or movements I want to improve. A non-fat latte at kid’s temp usually follows then on to hanging out with my husband and dogs.  I dress up for work, so I keep it pretty casual on my downtime.  That usually means a New Orleans Saints tee shirt!

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Hmmm… that’s tough.  Since I’m gluten intolerant, I can’t indulge in what I would consider typical cheats: birthday cake, fried chicken, lasagna.  I LOVE going to Dempsey Bakery to eat lunch and indulge in their sweet treats (the GF brownie is the Holy Grail of the brownie universe).  But I don’t ever consider it a ‘cheat’ since I have to pay attention to hidden gluten.

I’ve just started the Eatology Program to help me get a little leaner… let’s hope for some great results.

Describe your first WOD with CrossFit Little Rock?

I remembered it involved squats… lots of them. In fact, I hobble to Louisville the next day for a work trip.  One of my hopes in joining CrossFit was to slim the ‘thunder thighs’ I’ve been cursed with since the 3rd grade.  What I’ve learned is these legs power many CrossFit movements!  So today I have a whole new outlook on what I once viewed as a flaw.  These babies are why I actually like thrusters!

What was the catalyst that made you think, “I have to start working out” or “change your current work routine”?

I knew people who did CrossFit and the stories they told made me think “these folks are having a good time”.  It should be noted that all of these people were in great shape and I did not exercise.   I still don’t know what gave me the confidence to walk through the door that first day.  I mean really, who goes from couch potato diva to CrossFitter?  That goes to show how good the CFLR coaches are!

I had people laugh at me when I told them that I joined CrossFit (and still do, sometimes).  Yes, actually laugh right in my face.  I joke around that I want to participate in a ‘pledge per rep’ fundraiser just so I can clean out their wallets.  Whispers:  Although I’m not joking.

Describe your most memorable experience with us?

The good WODS and PRs are always memorable.  I think my favorite story is when I returned from a vacation and a fellow member asked, “Where have you been for the last 5 days?”   I was stunned that someone I didn’t know very well was paying so close attention.  Talk about accountability!

How has being apart of CrossFit Little Rock changed your life? (i.e. weight loss, health benefits, completed a 5K, etc.) I’ve slimmed down quite a bit.  Beyond overall fitness, CrossFit has added a unique quality to my life.  Most of the day I am watching the clock thinking 3 hours to CrossFit, 2 hours…. 1 hour!  Even at the box when I’m cursing the burpee, I’m secretly having fun.

What is your favorite WOD and why?

I like the partner WODs.  I’ve learned something new from everyone I’ve worked with.  Partner WODs are not programmed often, so it’s a welcome change of pace.  However, I didn’t always think this way.  I used to be terrified for the partner WOD having flashbacks to 6th grade PE.  Believe it or not, I was the shortest kid in my class back then and was just hopeless when it came to group activities.

I had anxiety about partner WODs early on because I thought no one would want to be saddled with me.  That doesn’t seem to be the case at all…. Or we’ve got some amazing actors at our box.

What is your favorite movement and why?  Anything I look good doing! Hahahaha… no seriously I enjoy most of the movements that involves the barbell.  I’ve been able to work on those techniques and see marked improvement overall.  I now even enjoy snatches since we spent time breaking down the movements.

What are some of your current goals in CrossFit?  I don’t take myself too seriously at the box.  I can’t.  It would make me frustrated and quit.  I got frustrated once with lift and Patre reminded me I was lifting more that everyone who decided to stay home.  As silly as it may sound, my current goal is to attend 4x a week, have a great attitude and do my very best… oh, and not complain about burpees SO much.