How did you start CrossFit? After spending a year listening to a co-worker talk non-stop about how amazing CrossFit is, rolling my eyes each time, I finally had enough and decided to see for myself. Yeah...she was 100% right. Now I’m the one of the ones that can’t stop talking about it.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? Two things come to mind: first the ability to just show up and not have to put any thought into what I’ll do for a workout on that day. That’s not something I’ve experienced before but it’s allowed me to be exposed to so many new things (such as 200m burpee broad jumps on pavement hot enough to burn your hands!). Second, the people are amazing – the coaches are wonderful and help push me beyond what I thought was possible and my fellow CrossFitters are a great group of people that are always supportive.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? The opportunity to continue to push myself in a way that I haven’t before. Apparently, I’m a bit of a masochist as I enjoy a little bit of pain the next day since that tells me I had a good workout.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? Even though I’m still working on the technique, Olympic lifts such as cleans and snatches are my favorite. I’ve always done simple lifts in the past so these lifts are new to me and present a challenge. My favorite WODs are the sprint style ones – those ones that leave you breathless, laying on the pavement wondering what the hell you just did.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? My favorite memory is one of my first CrossFit experiences. During my very first non-‐‑essentials class, our WOD was rounds of 200m runs and burpees. Being the non-‐‑runner that I was (and still am), the runs were bad enough. Add burpees, which I just had learned how to do the day before… needless to say I was well behind my fellow classmates. On the last round, everyone else was finished by the time I started my burpees. Everyone in class stopped what they were doing and joined me in the last set. That’s all it took – I was hooked. Right then I knew CrossFit was for me.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Push yourself every time out there and listen to your coaches. You might think you’ve hit your max but they believe you can do a little more, trust them. Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I apparently have a penchant for small town politics as I serve on a few of my town committees. It’s been enlightening to see what goes on behind the scenes at Town Hall. Plus, with three kids in the school system, it’s never a bad thing to get to know the superintendent.