What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?
I first heard about it in 2012 and saw YouTube videos of women lifting weights, climbing ropes, and doing muscle ups and was in awe! I never thought something existed between “toning” with light weights and female body builders, CrossFit opened my eyes to a new definition of beauty and strength. I researched CrossFit gyms and obsessed over the athletes and games but I couldn’t justify the cost and commitment right away. When we moved to Capitol Hill I bit the bullet and found Foundation, I wish I would have started sooner!
How long have you been with us? What keeps you coming to our gym?
I started Foundations in June 2014, so about 9 months! I keep coming back because I am never bored and I’m constantly amazed at my own strength (something my chubby 7 year old self would have never imagined). It’s addictive! I’ve never been athletic at all, but the WODs force me to go outside my comfort zone, try new things, and work hard. Plus, all the people I’ve met have been super kind and each of the coaches teaches me something different!
What class times to you usually go to?
After Foundations I was a faithful 6 AMer, but with the dark winter and my end of year work schedule I tend to go whenever I can! I always try to hit up the Saturday class too. Sometimes I take a “mental health day” and come in the middle of the day of the workweek and it’s awesome!
Do you have a favorite CrossFit exercise? Least favorite?
My favorite is probably cleans! I also like backsquats, kettlebells, and handstand practice. Oh and Fight Gone Bad style workouts are my jam, love to push myself on the final round. Least favorite is probably snatches, only because it seems really elusive to a newbie! Also, before doing a 2k row I thought rowing was fun…but I learned better!
What’s your most recent PR?
Since I’m so new, everyday is pretty much a PR This month I’ve gotten a 27kg snatch, 57kg backsquat, and 43kg C&J. I’m proud of all that improvement but I’ve got my goals set even higher!
Any fun facts about yourself that your gym-mates don’t know about you?
I got really into Shakespeare in high school and have read/seen several plays/films. Whenever we go to London I insist on seeing a play at the Globe Theatre! It’s an amazing experience in this picture I had just snagged some of the last tickets for my favorite play that night, I was in heaven!
What outside-the-gym activities do you like to participate in? How has your performance changed with your increased fitness?
I try to go to yoga class when I can and I have a lot more upper body strength since starting Crossfit. I’m also really good at carrying a ton of groceries home now