How did you start CrossFit? I started CrossFit when it first came to BSC – I’m pretty sure I went on the very first day of classes actually. My whole team committed to going together, and I thought it could be a cool way to introduce some cross-training to my running schedule. The rest is history.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? Teamwork. I love that we can push each other to improve – to hit that next PR, to finish that workout when you feel like you’re dying, to accomplish something bigger. Most workouts are solo but you’re never alone.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? I like the ability to measure improvement in PRs and workouts. It offers accountability and a sense of achievement. Every time I hit a new PR, I want to keep going… when’s the next one coming?! CrossFit is a big reason I decided to run the Boston Marathon for charity – I knew I could do it, because CrossFit has shown me I am capable of things I never thought possible.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? I really like lifting movements, especially since in the last six months, I’ve honed my form which has allowed me to start finally increasing weight. I’m also a fan of rowing and running. Wall balls are a fun mental challenge. I also “like” the movements I can’t do yet – like pull-ups or push-ups – because they set new opportunities for me.
Any WOD that does not include burpees is an EXCELLENT one in my book. I actually do like the Girl and Hero WODs like Karen and Murph (scaled)… mentally you just have to get down, get dirty, and get to it.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? Anytime the whole class has come together to help someone finish a WOD. It’s a great example of the comradery between us crazy CrossFitters – we might be insane, but at least we’re insane together.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Show up. Even on your worst day, when you’re not sure you want to go, just show up. Go light, go easy, but get it done. You’ll always feel better afterwards.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I broke the number one rule of my generation’s childhood: I talked to strangers on the internet and ended up meeting my two best friends. We visit each other as often as we can manage (with bonus points when all three of us can be together) and I’ve traveled internationally with both of them.