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How did you start CrossFit?
I’ve always been active and gone to the gym, but I started CrossFit in 2016. We had signed Isaiah up to help him build his strength and confidence and after about a year of taking him to class and watching how much fun everyone was having I decided to join myself. I was reluctant because I didn’t want to spend the money, but I can honestly say it’s been worth every penny and then some!
What is your favorite part about CrossFit?
I love the community and the healthy competition. Before CrossFit I usually worked out alone and was content to do so, but our RCF community is second to none and now I can’t imagine going back to exercising by myself. I also love that we all compete with one another to push ourselves but at the same time we celebrate each other’s successes. CrossFit feeds the competitive nature I have from growing up as an athlete.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit?
I was overweight as a child and I have a family history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. I decided long ago that my story would be different. I love being able to work out and keep up with my 17 year old son and I want to continue to invest in my health and well-being so that I can work out with my grandkids one day! A body in motion stays in motion!
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD?
I don’t know if I have a favorite WOD, but I love the long grind workouts that require steady pacing and endurance. Some of my favorite movements are cleans, deadlifts, bar facing burpees, box jump overs, pull-ups, and running.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory?
My favorite memory is probably winning the Carnival of Fitness Master’s Division competition only 7 weeks after breaking my hand in the Open. I wasn’t even sure I would be able to compete and we ended up taking first place. Also, anytime I get to watch my son compete or PR a lift!
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter?
Compete, don’t compare. Compete with those around you to push yourself harder and farther than you would on your own, but don’t compare. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and is on their own fitness journey. And don’t let age stop you! I just turned 42 and I’m always learning something new!
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know.
Although I don’t currently use them, I have a BS degree in Dietetics and a MS in Exercise Physiology … but my husband would probably say that’s boring information so … I also grew up in a small rural town in Indiana and showed pigs in 4H for 10 years! 😊