How/when did you get involved in CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in October 2018. It was on my mind for at least a year before that, but I kept putting it off. I had every excuse in the book: not enough time, too expensive, too far away, etc. But there was only one real excuse – I was scared that I was too out of shape to ever get healthy and fit again. One day, a friend sent me her before and after pictures after six months of CrossFit. I believe I signed up that day and met Cole the next morning!
Do you remember your first workout? How was it?
I remember parts of my first two workouts. The first day included weighted push-ups, which were daunting as I could only do two regular push-ups in a row! It was quite sobering doing knee push-ups for the first time in my life. The second workout includied double-unders (single-unders for me). And the reason I remember that is because my calves hurt so bad that I was limping for the next five days!
How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.?
It’s hard to overstate how much I’ve grown (and shrank!) since starting just under five months ago. I’ve lost about 65lbs, but more importantly I feel better! I can’t remember the last time I felt tired walking around the city or running up a couple flights of stairs to catch the train. I also feel more aware of how my mind and body react to the way I treat it. When I eat well and get enough sleep, I’m happier, more alert, and feel stronger! Interestingly, it has also made me more social. Having a community of people who are all following the same path makes it so much easier for me to relax and be myself.
Favorite lift and WOD?
It’s a close call between the two Olympic lifts, but I must go with the snatch. It requires just as much, if not more technique as it does strength! I absolutely love ticking off the technique boxes one by one. I can’t wait until I get that first well executed snatch!
My favorite WOD was simply called “Cals and Deadlifts”. It’s my favorite for two reasons. First, I’m almost positive it was the first one I RX’d. Secondly, it was the first time I learned to stop trusting my self-doubt. It included four rounds of descending assault bike calories followed by 10 deadlifts at ascending weights. When I saw that the last round of deadlifts was at 315lbs, I shook my head “no”. Cole looked at me and simply said “you’re doing this”. So, I did!
What about your least favorite?
Anything that includes box jumps or burpees because those two movements seem to wear me out the fastest!
What are your fitness/health goals?
My fitness goal used to be to lose weight just for the sake of losing weight. Now, I want to lose weight so it’ll be easier to do pull-ups…and possible to do a muscle-up! I guess this is how CrossFit gets the “cult” status, but I literally want to get healthier so that I can get better at CrossFit! Which is interesting, since I started CrossFit to get healthier!
Is there a specific diet or nutritional habit that helps you with your goals?
My current diet is “don’t eat garbage”, which clearly leaves ample room for refinement! I occasionally fail at that which only reinforces how important it is. When you have fast food after eating well for a couple weeks, it really brings into focus what bad food can do to your body and mood!
What motivates you?
I think I have an internal competitiveness that pushes me to do things. No matter how well I do at something, I know that I can do better. I always have a moment of reflection, usually within two hours after a workout, when I start thinking about how much I want to do it again so that I can get a couple more reps or shave off a few seconds. I love knowing that I’ll get another chance to prove to myself that I can do better the next day.
Do you have any advice for new members?
Just stick with it! It is going to feel daunting at first. You will see people doing things you can’t yet do. You’ll see people finishing the WOD before you’re halfway through or lifting twice as much as you. But just remember, most of those people started right where you are. Can’t do double-unders? Give it time. Can’t do a pull-up? Give it time. If you truly commit, you will change your life!
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
I have one 2019 goal: to RX any workout by the end of the year. I still have a long way to go, but I have a lot of confidence I’ll get there. My current box to check off the movements list is handstands (and HSPUs!).
Anything else you’d like to add?
I must give a HUGE shout-out to Cole Simon. He will defer and say it’s all me, but I believe he is 50% responsible for my initial commitment to CrossFit. Without his genuine enthusiasm, caring attitude, and thoughtful coaching, there is no way I would have bought into it so quickly. I can’t imagine there’s a box in the city with a better head trainer. I’m a better person for having encountered him. So, thanks Cole! With that being said, I can’t wait to wipe his name off the top of the weightlifting leaderboards!
I also want to give Ramon and Stephanie a shout-out for creating such a supportive, inclusive box. I’ve dropped in to a few places in the last five months, but I’m always glad I get to come back to Primary!