Member of the month for August – Amber Sterling!

Congratulations, Amber Sterling!

Once a month, our community votes to recognize a single member who embodies the spirit of CrossFit Center City. He/she is someone who has a good attitude, even on the toughest days, is always there to lend support to fellow athletes, and generally goes the extra mile to help build our community to become even more awesome. When it’s time to vote, we send a reminder email out to the entire crew, but if you ever see another member do something really cool for you or the gym in general, feel free to shoot us an email at or leave a note in the box to tell us what happened! Our Member of the Month is always awarded a FREE month of membership to CFCC. 


Amber Sterling

July 2017 Member of the Month

What some of you had to say about Amber!

“Wow, this award couldn’t go to a more deserving member! Amber is my favorite 4:30 training partner and has become a great friend in the process! She not only pushes me, but encourages me to do my best. Working out with Amber, I always know I am not only going to have fun, but work hard! She is dedicated, motivated, and STRONG. A true powerhouse, Amber seizes the true and tough barbell heavy workouts- and man, does she kill them!  We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses- and even sometimes compete to get just a little better than the other- friendly competition, I promise!

Most recently, Amber and I competed at our first RX team competition and it was great to have such a powerful force to share day the with! I am a better athlete because of Amber’s encouragement and cherish the friendship and kick-ass training partner I have found at CFCC. So well deserved, Congrats Amber!” – Alexa

“Amber is the best. She hasn’t been at CFCC for that long but signs up for almost any competition she can. It took me almost two years before I got enough courage to compete in anything, so I find that pretty amazing. She’s also super duper strong!!!” – Greg S.

“Amber is always great to have in class. She brings a positive attitude and upbeat energy that always lead to a fun time! Also bakes a great banana muffin!!!” – Katherine D.

“Amber is the light and joy of 430 class! It’s been so cool to be on this CrossFit journey with her. She has thrusters for days, she squats like a champ and is the best person to commiserate with anytime the WOD includes box jumps. I’m so thrilled that Amber is member of the month! She completely deserves it!!” – Dan E.


Congrats from the Coaches!

“Amber is a fantastic choice for MOM! Athletic, enthusiastic, dedicated and supportive–Amber is everything you want in a member. She’ll out-squat the whole room and cheer everyone on immediately, and is unafraid to compete all over the place. I strongly suggest checking out the 4:30 just to have the pleasure of working hard next to her–she makes you better just by showing up.” – Justin

“Amber is a tremendous athlete and embodies what CrossFit is all about. She challenges herself and also always manages to have a smile on her face after burying herself in a workout. Well deserved!”   – Wylie

“Amber is a model member! She is super thoughtful when it comes to choosing her variables during workouts- as she is committed to prioritizing her movement patterns and the overall stimulus of the programming. When she’s done with the workout, she doesn’t even need to catch her breath before she begins to cheer on the rest of her classmates. She is consistent, outgoing, friendly, and doesn’t always know what she’s capable of 🙂 Love having her in classes.” – Morgan


“Amber is an absolute savage.  Will compete on the weekend, and then come in and crush the Monday WOD.  She’s awesome, and this is a great win!” – Tim

“Amber is a well deserved member of the month. She is a core member of the 430 and always does a great job boosting the energy of the people she’s training with. Her weightlifting is making great progress too!”- Zoda

“I love having Amber in classes. She’s positive with herself and with others, and she knows how to scale things in a way that allows her to attack and improve her weaknesses. She also happens to be very strong, and she is constantly trying to move better – a model athlete!” – Ave


Some more about Amber!

What do you do when you’re not at the gym? I do a whole lot of food prep on Sundays, I watch amazing television shows like “So You Think You Can Dance”, I hang out with my husband, and I love to travel.

Your profession? For my profession, I am the Program Manager of the Immunization Program for the City of Philadelphia. I love, love what I do and I am so lucky that my job adds good to this crazy world!

How did you find out about CF? After a brief move to DC I was moving back to Philly and I was thinking about where I wanted to workout. I had never done CrossFit, but had trained for marathons, half marathons, done lots of HIIT workouts, completed a power lifting training program, and I was looking for something that kind of combined all those disparate fitness experiences. I remembered seeing people running around Center City sometimes carrying things and I figured that must be crossfit! So, I found my way to the basement of dreams!

What makes you come in and train on days that you don’t want to? It is pretty rare that I don’t want to come in and train! But, on days where I am tired or maybe I have had a bad day, I think about how much better I’ll feel after I workout and I love getting to see my friends at the gym! Special shout out to the 4:30 crew and those weird enough to want to stick around for durABLE!

What’s your favorite movement and/or metcon? I love thrusters, I’m sorry, I know, it’s weird, but I love them. As far as workouts, I remember really liking DT, though I completed it scaled. And, oddly enough, I like Fran (must be those thrusters). 

What’s one thing you would like to accomplish within CF in the next year? Strict pull-ups! I am coming for them, they are on my radar and I will get them!

Name something about you that’s a little-known fact. I have lived in 5 different states (Colorado, Texas, California, DC – twice, and PA) and France (in college) during my lifetime!

Thanks Amber! Keep crushing it!!

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