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When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started casually going in about January 2014, only once a week or so until I finally got serious about it around April. I had just started dating this guy who was super into it and kept telling me how great it was, so I figured I’d give it another try. (Yes, that’s a little embarrassing... but almost two years later, both CrossFit and that guy have worked out great. J)
What is your favorite and least favorite lift or movement?
I love anything that involves heavy weights, especially deadlifts and back squats. I’m definitely team “Don’t Put Me Down for Cardio” – not a fan of running or box jumps. (I suppose I have to get strong, because if I’m ever getting chased by something I’m sure as heck not going to outrun it.)
How did you get to know about CrossFit and why did you start at CrossFit Galveston?
I had gone to another CrossFit gym previously with my sister, who wanted to try it. Suffice to say it was not a good experience – they didn’t seem to have any interest in teaching a beginner. My mom got me a 15 class pass to CFG for Christmas, and I had a great experience with the coaches here who walked me through everything and made sure I felt comfortable and that the workout was scaled to my ability level.
What were you doing before CrossFit as far as working out/fitness?
NOTHING. Literally nothing. I couldn’t run 200 meters in the warm up at my first class. People have this idea that they need to get in shape before starting CrossFit – not true!
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
At some point after I caught my breath, I think it was, “Never. Again.” I barely made it through the warm up. I thought I was going to pass out.
What were your goals when you started CrossFit and what are they now?
When I started CrossFit, I mostly just wanted to lose weight. That has completely gone out the window in favor of a focus on performance: I want to lift more, go faster, and gain new skills.
Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit.
I just want to do one pull-up in my lifetime… and maybe even a muscle-up eventually. J
Tell us a little about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, background).
I’m originally from Massachusetts, and moved to Galveston in 2012 to do my master’s in marine biology at A&M. I finished that in 2014 and I’m currently working on my Ph.D. My parents and my twin sister moved to town in 2013, after visiting me at school and deciding it was time to find a warmer climate. I have a pet cockatiel named Whiskey and his favorite song to sing is, “Tequila”. I’m not exactly sure what this says about me.
Tell us something we might not know about you.
I know way too many words to way too many rap songs. Don’t judge me.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?
I can’t even begin to describe how many changes there have been. I have muscles in places I didn’t know I had muscles. I’m in the best shape of my life, and my confidence in myself has improved so much. Making fitness a priority has improved my quality of life so much. I went from not being able to walk up a couple flights of stairs without getting winded to doing obstacle course races for fun.
Being involved with CrossFit has completely changed my body image. While society seems preoccupied with being skinny, the CrossFit community is focused on health and performance. I’ve stopped caring so much about what my body looks like and become focused on what it can do, and while insecurities of course crop up from time to time, overall I’m much happier and healthier.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFG moments.
A group from CFG volunteered at the NRG Games in Galveston back in August. It was a very long day and there was so much to do, but everyone pulled together to make sure it went off without a hitch and we had such a great time. My feet hurt, I was starving, and I don’t think I stopped smiling all day. It was definitely a prime example of what a wonderful group of people we have.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
My confidence and energy level have seriously improved. My favorite thing about CrossFit, though, is the emphasis on community – I can’t seem to go anywhere on the island without running into someone I know! I also can’t seem to find pants that fit properly anymore…
What advice would you give a newbie that was first joining CrossFit Galveston?
Be persistent and give it time. If you started out sedentary like I did, chances are that you’re going to find working out really hard and not much fun at first – but you will get there! Don’t ever feel embarrassed by your skill level. I promise you nobody is looking at you and judging you, we’re just thrilled to have new friends in the gym! If you show up and put in the work you will see serious progress, but you have to stick with it.
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