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?
CrossFit has fundamentally reshaped my ability to believe in myself. Looking back at the beginning, I have realized I had no idea what I was capable of. CrossFit has allowed me to explore my strengths and weaknesses in a constructive way and because of that, I am beginning to understand how much I underestimated my abilities to achieve what I saw as impossible. Today, my body feels lighter and healthier than ever before, and I find myself craving physical activity and the challenge of proving myself wrong.
Q2. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
When I first walked through the doors of CrossFit DNR, I had no idea how much it would change my life. I was terrified and in awe (still am!) of all the people who took part in such an intense and seemingly impossible sport, and I was apprehensive that I could do any of it. Now that I can look back, I could not be happier that I took the risk of trying something completely out of my comfort zone. CrossFit has reshaped my life because I feel so much happier and healthier as a whole, giving me more confidence in who I am as a person and what I am capable of.
Q3. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
CrossFit has helped me find a place where I can be an athlete no matter what my capabilities are. While I was a swimmer in high school and participated in some personal training at the beginning of college, I was never someone who had a natural inclination towards sports or being active, and it was more of a chore than for fun. After discovering CrossFit and continuously working to improve my abilities, I realized how much fun it is to exercise and be in shape and that anyone is capable of being an athlete. CrossFit creates an environment that is open to all levels and allows growth through comparison with yourself, which is very different from the other things I’ve been a part of. The best part though, is being surrounded by a community of people who are working to improve themselves and are inspiring others to do so too.
Q4. What advice can you give to others?
I think it’s not about being the fastest or the best, but it’s about showing up and trying to be better than the person you were yesterday (and having fun while doing it!) .
Athlete Specific Q.
1) Could you please clarify for the record, a couple of your favorite songs and artist? This way Coach Kody can finally figure out who you are talking about.
(For Coach Kody because apparently, he’s either old and/or deaf,)
Feels Great by CHEAT CODES (exactly like that.)
First One by Russ
2) What is your favorite exercise movement and why?
I love back squats, I’ve always been strong in my legs so they’re fun!