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How did you start CrossFit?
There was a Crossfit gym across the street from my first job out of college, and I had a couple of coworkers who would come into work and rave about the gym. At the time, I was barely using a YMCA membership, so I figured I'd give their On-Ramp program a try. I remember being wiped by my first wall ball workout; I couldn't even walk down the T station stairwell to catch my train in time.
What is your favorite part about CrossFit?
I love the social and community aspect of CrossFit. Everyone is really cheering everyone else on, because everyone is going through the same thing. I also love the focus on skill development and growth - it's pretty cool to work on something for a while and finally get the hang of it, especially gymnastics skills. I feel like there are always new things to aim for. The RCF community is always supportive and always focused on helping people get there.
What motivates you to continue CrossFit?
It's fun! As long as it stays fun, I think I'll stick around. It also gives me the fitness and movement patterns to try out other activities and push myself in those areas (running, hiking, triathlon, etc). Having a well-rounded base of fitness just helps with everything!
What are your favorite movements and favorite WOD?
I'm a big fan of any long, endurance-focused chipper involving running, rowing, skiing, and gymnastics movements. Even better if they happen on a Saturday and we're outside! It's really fun to team up with others in the class and get after a long workout. I love the motivation that a partner/team environment provides.
What is your favorite CrossFit memory?
A few years ago, I participated in my first Halloween throwdown competition, and my team dressed up as pirates. We bought these horribly cheap costumes, wigs, and hats that we wore the entire time. They were made out of the least-breathable materials possible, so we were capturing so much heat and sweating profusely, but we promised each other we wouldn't remove the costumes - no matter what. When a photo of us showed up on the daily WOD blog a couple of months later, it was all worth it.
What is the best advice you can give a fellow CrossFitter?
First, I'd say that we're all on our own individual fitness paths, and not on anyone else's. It's tempting to compare yourself to others, but it's more productive to think about your own progress, goals, and motivations. Second, keep it fun and goofy. Finally, mobilize before you think you need to mobilize. That last one might just be a reminder for me.
Tell us something about yourself (NOT fitness related) that others might not know.
A life goal of mine is to be a contestant on the show Survivor. If anyone reading this has any way of helping me achieve that, please reach out.