How/when did you get involved in Crossfit?
Picture this: It’s November, it’s cold, and it’s early in the morning. My friend and I tried a Saturday morning free trial class with Cole. All my muscles exploded and I fell in love (with Crossfit). Cole was so encouraging when I started learning the ropes. I started out as a wee wobbly legged bairn and can now carry around humans like it’s no big deal.
Do you remember your first workout? How was it?
I don’t remember my first WOD. But I distinctly remember doing “Ghost” during my first week at Primary. The struggle was real. So, so real. My inability to keep coordinator came in and body slammed me during the WOD. I got Ghosted. It was humbling. And exhilarating. But mostly humbling.
Favorite lift and WOD?
Deadlifting! All day, every day, I am always pumped to lift dead weight. My favorite WOD would have to be Bear Complex. It may lack my beloved deadlift, but it has a special place in my heart. It was my first WOD I actually felt confident in doing, so whenever it comes up on rotation I get really pumped.
What about your least favorite?
Wall Balls, hands down. I am short and stout like a teapot, and wall balls aren’t friendly with those two descriptors. I have definitely improved since I started Crossfit, but I still die a little inside when I see that wall balls are in the WOD. 19.1 was an emotional nightmare for me; I still feel personally vindicated by Dave Castro.
What are your fitness goals?
To be able to catch a bus. Or, more realistically, be able to improve my mobility and strength. I want to be 70 and be able to lift heavy things and chase down rogue buses.
Is there a specific diet or nutritional habit that helps you with your goals?
Uuuh yes and no. I don’t fuss over my caloric intake or obsess over how many carbs I consume. Don’t get me wrong, my eating habits have really improved since I started Crossfit. I listen to my body. When My bod desires nutrients, I feed it. I try to make nutritionally balanced decisions when I eat, and meal prep to ensure I am not eating like the trash queen I truly wish to be. Also water. Drink so much water. Become the ocean.
What motivates you?
I train to defeat my demons, both inner and outer. There’s one demon in particular with whom I wish to have a rematch. And this time I will vanquish it.
Do you have any advice for new members?
Accept that math is hard. Piling on plates on a bar in a rush is rough. Just accept that outside of the gym, math is much easier than being in the gym. I am pretty sure it’s a requirement to look at a barbell at least once with intense confusion while mentally calculating what plates are needed. Everyone goes through that at some point. Even if they don’t outwardly show it.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
If I can do one pull-up, I’ll die happy.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I don’t really deserve this, but I do feel humbled by being chosen. Crossfit is first and foremost (in my opinion) about community. I would not have made it to this point without Primary’s community. Every time I come into the box, I get inspired by everyone else to do work longer, do better, push harder, to become faster and stronger. I am happy I stumbled into the hodgepodge of humans that are at Primary; everyone is a treasure, a gift, to interact with. Thanks fam.