What made you start CrossFit?
I was scanning Facebook one afternoon and saw an ad for a 6 week beginner program. I clicked on the link and watched the video that was with the ad, which gave a brief introduction about CrossFit and what it involved, and the program requirements. I thought it looked like something I would enjoy, and like something that would provide me with the challenge I needed to make a change. I noticed it was located close to both work and home, so I decided to bring a friend along, and we both signed up.
How has CrossFit changed your life?
I can’t even begin to explain how CrossFit has changed my life. It has had a tremendous impact on my health, fitness level, confidence, state of mind, my drive, and my desire to be physically active and get stronger. CrossFit has been nothing but a positive outlet in my life.
What are some of the goals you have?
I would love to improve my overall strength and endurance. For example, I’m still maintaining the same weights for my cleans, snatches, jerks, etc. I would love to get all of those over 100 pounds someday. Currently, they range from 75-95.
I would also love to improve my endurance, mainly running. If you have ever done a WOD with me that involves running, you all know how much I struggle with that. I definitely have more endurance than when I started, but I know I have a lot of room to improve too. Running has always been a struggle for me, but I am hoping if I keep at it, it will eventually improve.
I would also love to continue to work on box jumps, and finally get my double unders! Lastly, I would love to achieve a more desirable weight, however my on-again/off-again love affair with food (mostly pizza, beer, and chocolate) gets in the way of that 😛
What is your perfect workout?
I love anything with wall-balls, back squats, walking lunges, sit-ups or rowing. I love all of those exercises, because I feel those are areas of strength for me.
What would you tell somebody just starting out or thinking about starting out?
I would tell a beginner, or someone considering CrossFit that they should not be intimidated, or nervous. The best part about CrossFit is that there is a modification for everything, and people of all levels of fitness can participate. I would tell them that it is OK to not be the strongest, or the fastest, or the fittest, as long as there is the commitment to keep improving. That commitment means you show up as often as possible, even when you’re tired, stressed, had a bad day or look at the WOD and instantly feel intimidated. Just show up, and the rest will work itself out.
What is your previous fitness background?
I was a cheerleader for 11 years, and did gymnastics during that time as well. I was getting exercise about 5 days a week, and continued this up until high school. When I didn’t make the cheer team senior year, I became depressed and stopped being active. This continued into college for many years. I would do some walking, hiking, and yoga here and there, but nothing consistently. My main form of exercise was walking the Sac State Campus 😛 I finally started to become active again about a year before I started CrossFit in March of 2016.
What do you like most about CrossFit and what do you like about Bios?
The environment and overall attitude of the box and those people in it. Every CrossFit coach I have ever worked with has been amazing- they are knowledgeable, encouraging, motivating, and push you to try harder without yelling or getting in your face. They are a positive, driving force that pushes us to reach and go beyond out limits. The athletes, the people who suffer along with me in the mornings and afternoons- they are all amazing individuals. Everyone is so kind, funny, generous and welcoming. I have come to consider many friends and members of my CrossFit family.
What motivates or inspires you?
Watching my friends and family succeed, and my desire to learn more and better myself as an individual. Whether it be a work or fitness, or some sort of personal achievement, I find joy in watching my loved ones succeed and reach goals. It’s inspiring to see other’s achieve their dreams.
Being a teacher, I think I will always love to learn and grow, and that comes from my desire to be a better, more knowledgeable person- whether it be in my work or home life.