How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
Unofficially I started in Nov. 2011, officially, July 2013. I worked with a personal trainer initially that used CrossFit’s methodology in her sessions before coming to CFC. My initial reason for starting my training journey was to pass the FBI physical fitness test to become a special agent (and in case you are wondering, yes, this type of training does prepare you for that test!). My reason for continuing is because I discovered how empowering CrossFit is. While I do love the physical benefits, what is more important to me is the strength CrossFit has given me to face some of the personal things I have needed to face and work through them to become a better person and have a true sense of myself. Whenever I am working through a challenging personal issue, I just tell myself ‘you are 10 minutes into a 20 minute AMRAP. It sucks, it hurts, and I want to quit. But just like every AMRAP, it will end and you will be stronger for it on the other side. Just keep going.’
What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
I love the barbell! Deadlifts and clean & jerks are probably my favorite. I have gained a great appreciation for the gymnastics moves though.
What activity do you enjoy doing most outside of the gym?
Probably hiking or floating or walking dogs at the animal shelter or binge watching the Golden Girls while snuggling my cats.
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Charlottesville?
I was absolutely terrified coming to CFC for the first time. Then I realized that the members of this gym are unlike any other. People are just as nerdy as me! ☺ Honestly though, I was truly surprised how the people of this gym analyze technique, nutrition, and motivation in a scientific way, and I love it! At 6AM there have been discussions while we were warming up which included the Krebs cycle (miss you Tom!). People here view food in such a positive light and realize how crucial having that positive relationship with food is to making gains. The people here also embrace their bodies for what they can do and not necessarily how they look (though we all look awesome), and the idea of having big thighs and butts is a good thing. Whenever I hear others outside of CFC talk about diet and exercise, it makes me so grateful that I have found this community that has such a healthy, respectful approach to diet and exercise.
What advice would you give to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?
It’s okay to be afraid, but don’t let that stop you from trying something that could have such a positive influence on your life, and maybe even change your life if you let it. The mental fortitude that is gained through this type of training is invaluable to other aspects of life, and the support system you will have when you become a member of the CrossFit community is infallible. Once you take that first step and walk into the gym, remember 1) we all started somewhere (I could barely clean the bar and did 3 inch box jumps…maybe). 2) There is no shame in scaling…no matter what others say. 3) Listen to your body. If you need to scale or rest a day, do so (see number 2). 4) Work on your weaknesses if you want to be an Rx athlete. Sometimes it’s better to come in and just do skill work than do a WOD. 5) We have all been the last one done. No one will think less of you for being last. We just care that you finish and will cheer you on or jump in to help you get there. 6) Do this for you. Don’t compare yourself with others and be sure to have fun. Be proud of everything you accomplish. Even showing up for the WOD is more than what many others would ever do.