How did you start CrossFit? One of my good friends joined CrossFit and I tagged along to "bring a friend day" for about a year or so. I loved the workouts, but I did not want to commit to that specific gym. At the time, the woman I was working out with, used to work with Drew and Brooks - so whenever I talked about joining CrossFit, she would rave about RCF and the coaches. With her persuasion, I made the decision to join and not surprisingly, she was right - I was sold on RCF after the first class.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit? How accomplished you feel knowing that you were able to push yourself to a new level alongside great people.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit? Motivation comes on a few levels; 1. I LOVE to eat, so I HAVE to workout to balance my appetite. 2. Measurable results. Whether it be in accomplishing a PR, beating a previous time in a benchmark workout, or simply feeling good about yourself - it is easy to look back at where I started and compare to where I am now and, not only see, but feel improvement. 3. Working out within a community of people that push you harder than you would push yourself.
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD? Favorite WODs: Crazy ones that push you; the long grind. Movements: wall balls, DU and squat cleans.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory? My favorite memory is more of a reflection of my overall experience. I remember when I first started CrossFit, after a workout I would recover rather quickly. One night once the workout was over, someone in the class looked at me and said (of course in the nicest way possible) "If you are recovering that quickly, you are not pushing yourself hard enough." I remember thinking, there is no possible way I could push myself harder, but thank you - well, was I wrong. Eventually, pushing myself to a new level made so much sense and I finally understood exactly the feeling they were trying to portray all that time ago. Reaching a level where you personally feel you are pushing yourself, while surrounded by people, who have become great friends, pushing themselves to their own level - I would consider that my favorite.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter? Coming from someone who has zero patience; my advice would be to have patience with yourself and confidence in your own ability. Not every movement will come as easy as you want it to, but if you are persistent and continue to challenge yourself, you will accomplish goals you never thought possible. Frustration is easy, overcoming frustration and getting out of your comfort zone is not, and that is what it takes to personally conquer CrossFit.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know. I am a Registered Dietitian and work in school nutrition.