Q1. What have been your greatest successes (physically, mentally or emotionally) since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?
Since beginning CrossFit, I have gained much more confidence in my abilities. I really love feeling stronger and more mentally tough. When I first started, I was really intimidated by the intensity of the workouts. Now, I get excited when I see a tough WOD and can’t wait to tackle it! Overall, I’ve seen significant changes in my body, and I feel like I have way more energy and stamina. It’s great!
Q2. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
While CrossFit training has given me more confidence when I’m physically in the gym, it has also really helped me to be more confident in myself in other spaces. I was really nervous about moving across the country and starting a new life all on my own. Jumping into CrossFit here has really helped me make connections with some really good people, as well as develop skills that have allowed me to persevere through a tough transition. Everyone at the gym is really kind, encouraging, and won’t let you quit on yourself; I’ve especially been able to utilize that “keep pushing!” mentality both at work and in grad school. I truly found a gem of a community at CrossFit DNR!
Q3. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
I’ve always loved lifting weights, but never been that enthused about the cardio part. CrossFit is great because you’re always going to get both! I really enjoy how weight training is incorporated into workouts, so that you’re both getting stronger and getting your heart rate up. Plus, the workouts are never the same, so you never get bored!
Q4. What advice can you give to others?
CrossFit is definitely a challenge, but it is 100% doable. Don’t let the barbells and burpees intimidate you – get out of your head and just go for it!
Athlete Specific Q. You always talk about the music at the gym. In your expert opinion, who plays the best music and who plays the worst music? If we were to dub you Queen DJ what kind of music could we expect to hear?
I knew this question was coming! Hands down, Bre plays the best music. She’s hip to current hip-hop and knows that this genre is CLEARLY THE BEST music to vibe to when you’re getting through a WOD. Kyle probably plays the worst music… but hey – there’s always room for improvement, right? J
As Queen DJ (yes, I’ve dubbed myself), you can expect an eclectic, on-point mix of hip-hop from the 90s and today. Everything from DMX, to Future, to NWA; just know that the workouts will be BUMPIN!
…and I guess I could throw in the occasional Rise Against song….