What brought you to crossfit and to WLCF? Did you have specific goals or something you were seeking to change?
I began Crossfit in December 2010 in New York. The idea of Crossfit had bubbled into my consciousness from a few sources and I googled the box closest to my home. I loved it from the beginning. I had been an active child and teenager, always played sports…but since then had never really found an activity that stuck.
I enjoyed the competitive aspect of Crossfit, and it was exciting to be learning all these new skills and movements. I continued at that same gym for more than three years until my husband and I moved to Austin this past May. I checked out a few gyms in the area, and WLCF made sense as part of my commute to work, and most importantly, I thought that the programming was clearly superior to the other boxes I looked at.
What keeps you coming back?
I love to move and be active and sweat. I have a physically demanding job, so staying in shape makes that much easier. I want to be a strong, healthy old lady, so I am trying to set the foundation for that now. I enjoy being coached and learning how to move more efficiently. I like being surrounded by like-minded people conquering a workout together. Its also a wonderful refuge on bad days, it is pretty much impossible to dwell on things when you are trying to count reps and finish the workout.
What changes have you seen in yourself (physically, mentally, as a person, etc)?
I am physically stronger. I am more aware of my health and wellbeing day-to-day. My food choices are better. I am less concerned about weight and trying to be a small human being. I am less likely to give up, but more confident that I can leave a situation that is not the best for me.
What’s been the biggest challenge that you’ve faced? How did you overcome it (or how are you working on it)?
My biggest physical challenge is anything gymnastic, I do not have a background in those movements and they take such strength and body-awareness. I need to practice more! My biggest mental challenge is trying to quiet my negative self-talk, I tend to get down on myself too easily. Its hard to keep that voice out of my head, so I am working on countering it with more calming and positive thoughts.
What’s one thing you’ve learned through your time at WLCF? This could be about health and fitness, about yourself, or about how to approach life in general.
Enrolling in Eric’s Nutrition Challenge was really a great decision and it came at the right time for me. Going to the gym is easy, but making good food choices is hard! I have made some permanent changes to my diet and most importantly I have embraced meal preparation and discovering new recipes.
How do you stay active outside of the gym? How has your training here connected to that?
I am a gardener, so I am outside and moving almost every day. I have three dogs that I walk daily. I run sometimes, and since moving here I have started riding a bike for the first time in about 20 years. I tried rowing in the fall and my husband wants us to start a spinning class. I have done a couple of Tough Mudders and some local Crossfit competitions. My mother and sisters are visiting in May and we are going to do a GoRuck challenge. I feel like I have a baseline of fitness that allows me to give any activity a try, I never doubt my ability to succeed (or at least hang in there!).
What goals (big or small) are you working towards now? Have the types of goals you set for yourself changed since you started crossfit?
I want greater endurance in movements like TTB and CTB pull-ups. I want to be able to do muscle-ups and handstands. A 300# deadlift would be pretty rad. My goals have changed over time as I have learned movements and gotten to certain weights, but are generally performance-based.
What’s your favorite time of day to be in the gym and why?
Morning, but not too early. I love the days that I can take off work and come work out around 8 or 9. It is not crazy early, but you get your day off to a great start.
What physical activity, sport or adventure have you always wanted to try? Why?
I’d like to go on a dog-sled adventure. I love dogs and have such respect for their physical abilities and endurance. The teamwork between the dogs and the dogs and the driver is impressive.
If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice before you started crossfit, what would it be?
Nutrition is key and it will multiply all your efforts in the gym.
*results may vary