Where did you grow up?
Anchorage, Alaska and Raleigh, North Carolina.
When did you become a member at The Gate CrossFit?
What do you do when you are not at The Gate CrossFit? (Occupation, hobbies, etc.)
I’m doing an internship as part of my training to become a psychologist. I do therapy and psychological assessment at a few different places in the area. When I’m not at work or The Gate, you can usually find me snowboarding or spending time with friends and family.
How did you find out about CrossFit?
I’ve known about CrossFit for many years, but always thought it was too hardcore for me. My interest was piqued after reading about a friend’s experience with adaptive CrossFit, and I finally decided to give it a go after talking with another friend who is an avid crossfitter.
When did you realize CrossFit is right for you?
After my first WOD. In fact, this was my fb status that day: “First full WOD. I’m in love.”
What is your favorite WOD/movement?
I’m torn between thrusters and sumo deadlift high pulls. I like thrusters because they make me feel strong. Nothing like squatting down and then standing up and throwing some weight up over your head! But I like SDHPs because they are kind of easy to me, so I can usually power through them in a WOD, yet they still feel like a powerful movement.
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?
Front rack lunges. Uuuugh.
What would your perfect WOD look like?
We did one at The Gate a couple months ago that I really enjoyed. I think it was max reps for 2 minutes of a bunch of different things with a minute rest between each movement. I like WODs where you can go hard for a few minutes, knowing that you will get a rest before going again. I tend to push myself hardest in those because I just keep telling myself, “It’s only a couple minutes,” so I give it all I’ve got.
What is one thing you have done at The Gate CrossFit that you never thought you would do?
There are still a lot of things I’m working on and they will take time, but I will do them eventually. That being said, I didn’t expect to gain so much strength so quickly. I blew away several PRs in just a few short months, which was exciting!
What motivates you during a CrossFit WOD?
The coaches, the other members, and myself. The coaches at The Gate are awesome and I can always count on them to push me if I’m slacking and encourage me when I’m trying hard – keeps me motivated regardless of my energy level going into a WOD. The other members at The Gate are also great. Everyone is so friendly and supportive, and their encouragement makes me want to work harder too. Finally, I always try to set a goal for myself going into a WOD. I’ll check the scores on the board to help me decide on a number/time that will be realistic, yet challenging for me, and that’s what I shoot for.
What is something about yourself that we might not know?
I’m a junglist.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started with CrossFit?
Just keep at it! Once you get more comfortable with everything, the amazing results are soon to follow – and I don’t just mean physical results. The mental/emotional results are just as noticeable.
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