Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Hobbies or Interest outside of CrossFit: Golf, traveling (cruises especially), going to the beach.
How long have you been at CFTB: Just over a year.
Favorite WOD or movements: I love bench pressing, dead lifts, and surprisingly one of my least favorite movements initially is now a favorite – back squats.
Tell us about your fitness journey: I was a competitive swimmer from age 6-18. Once I stopped swimming I fell out of the fitness scene for a while. I had gym memberships and enjoyed spin classes but would eventually get bored and stop going. I have never been one to be able to work out well alone with my own routine. I need to surround myself with other people to motivate me. A lot of people at my job had been talking about Cross Fit last year so I decided to try it.
How has your fitness journey changed since joining CFTB? I cannot believe the changes in my fitness with Cross Fit in just one year. I love having a group of people with similar goals and pushing each other to reach them. It very much reminds me of when I was swimming. Cross Fit has really helped build my strength and I feel more energetic. It has also built my confidence with fitness. I do not have natural ability when it comes to athletics and I surprise myself often with what I have been able to achieve. I like the variety of workouts, which has helped me become consistent with a workout schedule.
Favorite memory at CFTB: I don’t have one specific favorite memory- anytime I hit a PR on a lift.
Any advice for new members or people thinking about trying CrossFit:
I highly recommend Cross Fit to anyone interested. Before I decided to try Cross Fit I thought it was only for elite athletes and it made me reluctant to join. I was also nervous that I might injure myself with certain movements having previously had back surgery. Cross Fit can be scaled to people of all levels and previous injuries so every person has a challenging, rewarding, and safe workout.
For new members, some things that have been helpful to me with starting Cross Fit are keeping a journal to track my workouts and amount of weight lifted so I can see the progress I have made. I also had the hardest time remembering certain lifts prior to the workouts. Watching videos on youtube to get an idea of the movements before going to classes so I knew what to expect was helpful. Cross Fit has been a work in progress for me. It has taken me a lot of time to get used to the movements and be able to start lifting more weight- be patient and don’t get frustrated if you have an off day.