February Athlete of the Month: Keri Fernald

How and when did you discover CrossFit & what concerns or problems did you have before you started?

I discovered CrossFit back in Vermont in 2013 through a friend. I was working in community mental health and also had a toddler and a new baby. I had always been active with sports and dance, but after becoming a mom, I was struggling to feel good in my body. CrossFit it was way to relieve stress and find time for myself. I moved to the Seacoast in fall of 2013 and immediately walked into the old Everproven with a kid on each hip. I still remember seeing Matt Michaud and Scott Chamberlain and they were so friendly, warm and welcoming and I knew I’d found my home.

What results have you gotten so far?

At 46 years old; I can honestly say I’m the strongest I have ever been in my life. While this feels great, the mental health and community benefits are what really keep me coming back. I know on the days that I show up at the gym, I will have a better day. My mood will be better. My feelings myself and the world will improve. Many people may not know that I have always dealt with social anxiety. The gym has helped me to feel a part of a community of people that genuinely care about each other and support each other.

What is different about EverProven services?

I think that everyone here is truly willing to help someone else out. Another story that many people may not know is that in 2014 my life more or less blew up (divorce, eviction, single parenting two little ones, financial struggles) etc. I was still new to the community, but I posted on the everproven board that I needed help moving and a crew of people that I didn’t really know showed up at my house (after completing a tough mudder earlier that day) to help unload my moving truck. I will always be eternally grateful for this radical act of kindness from this community.

What would you tell someone that is on the fence about joining EverProven?

Your life will 100% get better across the board if you show up.

What is one interesting fact many people don’t know about you?

Here are a few: I’ve lived on an agricultural estate studying farming in Italy, taught English in South Korea, hiked in the Himalayas and was an extra in a Bollywood movie, while traveling in India.

I’m currently working as a an expressive arts psychotherapist in private practice and working on expanding my practice into psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. My mission and passion is to help people and communities heal and find liberation from suffering.

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