When did you start doing CrossFit?
Feb 1st, 2012. The WOD that day was a 5K row. Luckily I did the onramp instead.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am 36 yrs old, married, and mom to two girls ages 5 & 7. I also have a full time job, but am lucky enough to work from home most days. I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, but spent summers on the Fox River at our ‘cottage’. My parents rebuilt that cottage and moved here full time when I was in college, and I now live just north of them on the river as well. We spend every weekend of the summer boating, wakeboarding, swimming, sunbathing- anything outside. We have also just had an epic winter for snowmobiling on the river. We are not a ‘sit around indoors’ kind of family- that’s for sure.
What was your fitness routine before CrossFit?
I have run 4 marathons- Chicago 2003/2004. Flying Pig (Cincinnati) 2005. New York City 2005. Then kids came along and I’m slow, so I didn’t have time to train for those long distances. I still enjoy a good 5 or 10k once in a while. I was also doing a ‘train like an athlete’ class for 2 yrs before starting crossfit. It was similar in the fact that we did a lot of circuit work, conditioning, strength training, some strongman stuff, etc.
Anything long and/or heavy. My prior marathon experience has made me a good pacer. I’m usually not the first one done on round 1, but I catch up to the speedy ones by round 3 or 4. As horrible as it was, I really liked the challenge of 13.1.
(40 burpees, 30 snatch @ 45lb, 30 burpees, 30 snatch @ 75lb, 20 burpees, 30 snatch @ 100lb… and that’s as far as I made it in the 17 min window)
Least favorite WOD?
Anything with ring dips- because I can’t do them Rx
Clean & Jerk or Snatch – even though they are my worst and I need to work on them. Anytime you throw a barbell over your head, it’s pretty empowering.
Least favorite lift?
Deadlift. It’s boring and I’ve had back issues in the past that I’m always afraid to aggravate.
How has your view about CrossFit changed since your first WOD at CFB?
My old gym had a strongman contest, and another local CF gym had a team come and they won. I don’t like losing, so I had to give it a try and see if it was worth the money. Let me tell you, it most definitely is. While you may work out in a group, the coaching is very personal. The community and competitive atmosphere (whether it’s with yourself, your workout buddy, the coach, etc) cannot be found elsewhere. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s not just about that day’s workout with CFB- it’s about the community, your diet, your overall fitness, the whole picture. People also get this image of the Games athletes and these hardcore, go til you puke, workouts. It is not like that at all. While you are always encouraged to try your hardest and push yourself, athlete safety and knowing your limits and having fun and working hard are the real goals.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of these goals?
My goals were to get in shape (whatever that means) and lose weight. I have done both. I am honestly in better physical condition than I was in high school. I also weigh 15lbs less- and am two pants sizes smaller- than I did when I started.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?
It’s hard to explain the impact of CrossFit and CFB on my life, because it has been so big. While I always enjoyed physical activity, challenging myself, etc- I truly love coming to the box everyday. It’s been over 2 years and I enjoy it more now than I did when I started. I honestly can’t see myself not doing CrossFit. It’s just a part of my life now. I may need an intervention because I get a little anxious if I have to miss a day. After struggling with my weight for years, I finally learned just how important diet is. And by diet, I don’t mean limit calories- I mean truly learning what foods are good for your body, what your body needs to function and perform well. Since I am the head chef at home, this is not only impacting me, but also my family. My girls do CrossFit Kids. My husband, who never worked out for the first 15 yrs we were together, is also a member. It’s a big accomplishment to get him to a gym on a regular basis. Seeing how much I enjoyed it and how it changed my body got him interested. The challenge, variety, and fun are what kept him going. I also introduced my brother to CrossFit, he’s now hooked. Along with diet, I have come to actually like my body. It took 36 years for that to happen so it’s a pretty big deal. There are certainly things I would like to be smaller or tighter- but CrossFit has allowed me to actually see all of the great and amazing things my body can do. The number 1 most important impact I have seen is related to my kids. Being the mother of 2 girls, and knowing the body image struggles they are almost pre-destined to have, I love showing them how important it is to be healthy and to be strong and to push yourself. We don’t talk about food making you fat, or diets, or weight loss. We talk about what foods they need to be healthy, to build strong bones and muscles. Nothing makes me happier than hearing them say they want to be strong like mom. Not skinny, not pretty… strong. What a great message for a young girl! Ask them to show you their ‘guns’ =)
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Barrington?
You’ve come to the right place. All CrossFit gyms are not the same, you want to be HERE. The coaching and staff and programming are top notch. The community is amazing. It will seem a little intimidating at first, but don’t be afraid. Come in, work hard- and you will be amazed at the things you can do. I never thought I’d be walking on my hands or playing dodgeball for exercise at my age.
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