How did you start CrossFit? For as far back as I can remember, I have been a competitive person. I played soccer my whole life and always enjoyed running despite having two knee surgeries. When I was 25, I found a challenging gym in Shrewsbury that changed the way I worked out and made be a better athlete. After 4 years, I “gym shopped” but never found a comparative gym. I ended up at a strength and conditioning facility where everyone just worked out to say they worked out. I found myself digressing and knew I had to make a change. My friends always suggested CrossFit knowing it was competitive, but I was totally that person that thought I would get hurt even more. I didn't realize that each CrossFit was individually owned and programmed. Christa Rebidue was equally frustrated with the gym we were at and her sister Sabine suggested coming to the CrossFit open house in September. We went with minimal intentions of joining, but after seeing the amazing new facility, trainers and programs that were offered, we decided to give it a go. We started in November, and I think after the second workout I knew I would be a permeant member. 4 months later and I am just mad that I didn’t start sooner.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? The trainers/programming. They are motivating and know their stuff. I like how they’re big on form and would rather someone use less weight and do it right. They’re constantly asking about my injuries, and suggesting modifications. They truly want everyone to get a great workout and become better athletes. Also, the community. I was nervous coming into a huge gym where everyone was already long time members and friends. After hopping the classes, I think I am officially a 7amer! Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. It’s nice to see everyone push each other. I feel like I have made huge improvements in a short amount of time and it’s definitely due to the trainers and the community.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? Wanting to get better. There is always something new to learn or something to get better at. I feel like if you want to get better at something, all you need to do is practice. Butterfly pull-ups and TTB are next on my list.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? Hmm.. deadlifts, rowing and now the ski erg is high up on the list. Both machines you can train at and improve at pretty easily. WOD – really enjoying the Thursday conditioning pieces Brooks has been putting together.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? Training for Crash B’s with everyone was a really good experience. Also, watching someone hit a PR or finally get a movement they’ve been working on is exciting and fun to watch.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Unsure I can give out advice being 4 months in, but I would say work at your weakness. Don’t skip the classes where there are movements you aren’t great at. Also, listen to your body and do what you can. Everyone is at a different fitness level and the coaches cater to each and every person.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I meal prep for people on the side (this is not a plug!)