How/when did you get involved in CrossFit?
I got involved September of last year. I saw some videos and a Primary 6 week challenge thing. I thought it seemed cool, but intimidating, and way too advanced for my flimsy self. A friend of mine who does CrossFit convinced me that I wouldn’t die and to try the 6 week challenge, so I did! I’m so glad I did.
Do you remember your first workout? How was it?
Not the entire workout, but I remember there were box jumps, which terrified me, scaled those babies down to like 6 inches. The next three days I seriously contemplated asking the bus driver to put the ramp out for me. My legs, woof.
How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.?
I have grown so much! I work as an occupational therapist at a rehab hospital, so I have lots of physical expectations to keep my patients safe while helping them with mobility and returning to daily life. Crossfit has given me so much more strength and confidence in my abilities to physically help people the way I want to.
I am still working on that 6 week challenge goal weight, haha, but I am way more excited about my strength gains than what the scale says. I am down over 10% fat since I started though 🙂
Favorite lift and WOD?
Favorite lift….the snatch and I have the most emotional history. But I probably enjoy deadlifts the best. Favorite WOD…I love a good WOD N’ Flow. Or anything with gymnastics is usually fun. And the hero WODs.
What about your least favorite?
Wallballs. One of the reasons I never played any sports was bc I have horrible hand eye coordination, so the whole toss-and-catch-the-giant-weighted-ball thing isn’t my jam.
What are your fitness/health goals?
To see where I can be! Like I mentioned, I have never been very athletic. In fact, in high school we used to joke about how I was ‘athletically challenged.’ So the fact that I can do so much more than I never thought I would be able to is so encouraging to keep going.
Is there a specific diet or nutritional habit that helps you with your goals?
I am currently working on counting my macros, it’s given me more awareness of what I am eating, and has helped me to realize the quality of what I am eating in terms of fuel. I have a lot more energy and feel much better, and it also gives me more accountability.
What motivates you?
Literally everything: box friends, the community, the amazing coaches, seeing everyone’s progress, the pups, my progress, that damn clock, and Cole.
Do you have any advice for new members?
Make friends fast and often. There’s not an unfriendly bone in the place, I promise. The community is what it’s all about.
Also. Don’t sell yourself short. It’s easy to think you have an idea of where your limits are, but it’s so liberating to come to terms with the fact that they don’t exist, and there’s always room to push and grow. We’re in this together, keep going.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
Pull-ups, stringing together double unders, and a stable crow pose. And keeping to my nutrition plan, or solidifying it enough that it’s natural would be preferred.