Updated: Jan 30
#MemberCrushMonday: Nancy Vanacore.
Here is her story:
"My name is Nancy Vanacore. I’m 53 and currently living my best life. I love my 50’s. I was born in New York but moved to the valley when I was 1 so I consider myself a native. I grew up in Scottsdale and attended Saguaro High School and GCU for college. I’m 100% Italian and can make the best lasagna next to any Italian mother or grandmother, of course. I am an extremely proud mother of 3 children. Zachary, 28, who is currently serving in the Air Force and stationed in Nevada. Ava Marie, 15, and Royce Alexander, 13. My kids keep me really busy so that doesn’t leave me a lot of free time. When I do you’ll find me relaxing in my back yard by my pool or grabbing a meal with a friend.
I first found CrossFit in 2014. I wasn’t feeling very good at the time and a friend suggested I try it. I was immediately hooked because each day I went I began to feel better. It wasn’t until 2018 or '19 that I did my first wod RX and began competitive pursuits in the sport. My coaches at the time encouraged me to give it a shot. I’m forever grateful they did. It’s funny because there was a time I swore I would never lift a barbell. Now I can’t imagine my life without one. It brings me great joy to help others achieve their goals inside and outside the gym. My favorite CrossFit movements are burpees, thrusters and the snatch. My favorite CrossFit wods are Isabel and Amanda. In December of 2020 my friend invited me to come to Chuckwalla because my gym at the time was closed for quarantine. I had no idea Chuckwalla was this close to my home. I was driving 1-2 hours per day to attend my prior gym. I was immediately drawn to Chuckwalla and believe that God has led me and my family on this incredible journey here with you all. I love what John and Ashley have created and I’m so grateful to be a part of it all and love getting to know everyone! Excited for what the future holds!"