When did I first start CrossFitting?: February 2013
Favorite WOD: Anything without burpees
Least favorite WOD: Anything with burpees
Tell us about your sports and fitness background. I didn't participate in traditional sports, I showed horses my entire childhood and throughout high school. Any intentional fitness activities I would participate in were usually aerobics classes.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? My best friend, Leslie, wanted to start CF and needed a partner in crime, so she picked me up for Foundations one night. Even though starting CF wasn't on my list, I left feeling absolutely addicted! It was fun, challenging, and varied - it held my attention better than any fitness activity I've tried in the past. Another thing I left Foundations with was a seriously sore pair of arms and legs...walking out that night Jimmy Hopkins told us "water and Motrin" as we were leaving. I really didn't appreciate what great advice that was until the next morning when I could barely lift my arms to brush my teeth or comb my hair!
I do admit that I was absolutely terrified to participate in my first real WOD. I knew there was no way I could keep up with everyone else - the Foundations WOD nearly killed me (looking back, it was basically a warm-up)! After getting started, I settled down and realized there were all types of athletes at every level of fitness, and the coaches were very supportive and encouraging...best of all, everyone made me feel welcome.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CF? Before CF, my cholesterol and blood glucose levels were up, I had no energy, and my weight was out of control despite dietary modifications. Six months into CF, my weight hadn't budged, but my clothes were fitting looser. And almost like someone flipped a switch, by seven and eight months in my weight started falling off, 25 lbs and counting, and I started getting muscle definition! As far as with lifting, my go-to weight used to be 45lbs for power cleans, and I'm up to a 1RM of 120lbs now. My 1RM deadlift was 85lbs (which is my now my power snatch max), and now I'm pulling 210. ...Overhead squats and pull-ups are still works in progress, as is my endurance.
Any advice for people just getting started?
- Make CF a part of your routine so it'll be easier to come to class and harder to talk yourself out of it! I started out coming 2 days/week, and now I'm coming to CF at least 4 days/week - I feel like a slug if I miss.
- Be patient with yourself,and don't get discouraged! I talked to coaches and other athletes to see what worked for them, and from there I developed my own plan. A recurrent theme was athletes coming 3-5 days/week on a weekly basis. Believe it or not, Facebook also helped me because I friended several members who I look up to and was able to see where they started compared to the awesome results they've achieved.
- You can't out train a bad diet! Truth! I have huge room for improvement here, but seeing my own results I'm much more mindful about portions and healthier choices; I don't want to ruin what I've accomplished. I'm 100% Paleo about 15% of the time, but what I do works for me :)