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Athlete of the Week – Kerri Rendleman, Heimlich Hero!

By Todd Seabaugh | In Athlete of the Week, Blog | on May 14, 2014
We caught up with Kerri Rendleman last week and wanted to spotlight her as our Athlete of the week. 
CF STL: What first led you to CrossFit?
Kerri: I watched my sister, who is a trainer at a CrossFit gym in Kansas City, compete in a Tough Mudder in Colorado, in June of 2011. I was amazed by all the really fit people. I was in terrible shape. I wanted to try it out and see if it would work for me.
CF STL: How long have you been a CrossFitter?
Kerri: That same day I got on-line and signed up for the next on-ramp session at CrossFit St. Louis. I started in July of 2011, so it’s been almost 3 years.
CF STL: What is your greatest success (strength, weight, endurance, etc) through your time at CF STL?
Kerri: The greatest success has been losing weight and gaining strength. I lost 40lbs! I was super disciplined. I need to get back to that. I have had a shoulder injury that has thrown me off of my game a little.
CF STL: What is your family like?
Kerri: My husband Doug and I have 13 year old twin girls, Alex and Kate and an 11 year old son, Max. They keep me on my toes. I am lucky to have very active and healthy parents in my life as well.
CF STL: We heard you recently helped someone out at school, could you tell us a little about that?
Kerri: I had one of the scariest experiences last week. A teacher at my school began choking at lunch. She left the lunch room with us unaware of her problem. She headed to the nurse’s office, then turned around when the nurse wasn’t there. My co-teacher, Mary could see through a window into the hallway and noticed her choking with her hands around her throat. She yelled out, “She is choking!” and ran out, I followed.
There was a teacher attempting the Heimlich maneuver, but she was pretty small. Mary took over and tried a few times. I blurted out, “Want me to try?” I have no idea why, I think it was sheer panic, fear and helplessness! I tried four times (seemed like many more, but a friend later told me exactly how many). She coughed out what she had been choking on and it was a really happy ending! Once she was sitting down, I said, “and that’s why I lift weights!!” The few kids that witnessed it from inside the cafeteria were amazed that I had lifted her off the ground.
Thinking back on it, I feel like CrossFit gave me that confidence and definitely the strength! CrossFit saves lives!
You will see Kerri regularly attending early morning classes at CrossFit St. Louis, Brentwood. The next time you do, give her a pat on the back. Way to go Kerri! A great ending to what could have been a tragic story without your courage.

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