Tell us a little about you…
I’m Casey Campbell and I am one of five kids in my family (including a twin brother!) I was a gymnast from the age of 4 all the way through college and competed for the University of Denver. Currently, I coach the girl's competitive gymnastics team with my husband at Gymnastics East in Bellevue, Washington. I got started in CrossFit in 2013 when my husband signed us up to teach gymnastics classes at a local affiliate. It took a little time, but once I found the competition side of the sport I fell in love. When I’m not training or coaching, I like to spend as much time as possible with my family or relaxing with a good book.
How has your background in gymnastics fueled your success as a crossfitter?
The years I spent in gymnastics definitely gave me a great foundation for CrossFit by creating ideal body awareness and a strong work ethic. It also gave me a great base of mental toughness and the mindset needed to compete at a high level. Some people get intimidated by the big competition floor and their competitors, but, thanks to my years in gymnastics, that is where I feel most at home.
Have your expectations created difficulty for you along your path?
Absolutely! I have always had very high standards and expectations for myself which has helped drive me down the path I’ve taken but also becomes a hindrance at times. One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn, and am still learning today, is that failure is a part of the process. Learning to accept failure, learn from it, then move on and forget the past has been one of the most challenging parts of my journey.
What’s the best advice you could give someone about lifestyle, nutrition, and supplements?
Find what works best for you and start with small steps. Honestly. I’m not one to just try things just because everyone else seems to do it. Not everyone is built the same way or has the same needs, but when you make a conscious effort to take care of yourself mentally and physically, you get to see the transformation of YOU to someone you could only dream of. As you start your journey toward better health and fitness, make sure you start with manageable steps that can be maintained. There’s nothing wrong with being a beginner, and the more you embrace it, the more you can truly be in the moment and appreciate the journey of becoming. As long as you can work toward your goal with a definite purpose and reason for what you are achieving, you will continue to get closer to the person you’d like to become (or maybe even more!)
Why do you take Swolverine products?
Because I believe in them. They’re simple and straightforward, clean and effective. They don’t include mystery products, dyes, and fillers, and I know exactly what ingredients and how much of them I’m putting into my body. I love that they are truly about health and not just hype for your workouts.
What’s the best advice you can give people in regards to how social media plays into people’s lives and the establishment of their goals?
When it comes to social media, remember that we’re all just human. I follow and admire people who can share their humanity and stay humble, no matter how tempting it might be to give in to all the likes and followers, endorsements and whatnot. Find people in your life and on social media that you can look up to for being a real, genuine, and honest representation of authenticity. The people you follow should inspire you to become better – a better human, a better athlete, and to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle.