What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
My job every day as magazine writer and editor is to tell other people’s stories, so it’s rare that I share my own … but here I go. Some of my best (and worst) personality traits are perseverance and determination. They helped me fast-track my career growth to the point where I achieved pretty much all I wanted to achieve in a fairly short amount of time. Then I was promoted to a position where I do my job in addition to helping train other magazine editors to do what I do. It’s super rewarding but super stressful. I’ve always been into some sport to unwind and relieve stress–softball, volleyball, racing sail boats, biking, etc.–but after having a family it became harder to find something that was tough enough to alleviate stress and stay fit in a short amount of time. Enter CrossFit. My husband joined a local box on the recommendation from my sister-in-law who was a CF coach. I started following CrossFit.com WODs at home for a year and then joined a local box myself. In my job, I’m always on deadline, so I loved the timed workouts. I was instantly hooked.
2. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
The combination of tracking time, stacking weights, refining movements and checking off new accomplishments becomes a never-ending list of goals one can set and achieve. There is always something I can improve upon and there is so much our bodies can do. The confidence that results from those accomplishments transcends CrossFit into everyday life.
3. What was your first “goal”? Did you hit it?
Pull-ups and double unders were my first goals. I worked on pull-ups every day, asking everyone for tips. I got one and then strung a few together, and then the next challenge was to do them in a WOD. It was December 2012 and that WOD was Mary (complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of: 5 handstand push-ups, 10 pistols, 15 pull-ups). By the middle, my hands were a bloody mess, but I threw on some tape and fought through every last pull-up and never felt better. It was the same with double unders. It was the spring of 2013 and I did them every day until I got one. Then I worked on stringing them together. I seek out tricks and try them all until something sticks. If one solution or recommendation doesn’t work, I try another or ask someone else.
4. What are you working on now?
All of my weaknesses, and I have plenty. I just methodically find and test methods to improve on each one. In some cases, success happens swiftly and then there’s refining (linking reps, improving technique). In other cases, it’s a slow progression. The journey is always the adventure. I’m building on a base that I’ve established, and it’s all about maintaining growth. In my magazine, I help educate business owners on bettering their companies. Building yourself to be a better person is similar to building a business. If you don’t take care of it, it deteriorates. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this happen to too many loved ones with their bodies and their health. I don’t have to follow that same path. I’ve never been one to take the road everyone else is on.
5. What’s your favorite Root 18 memory?
I get so excited watching other members of the gym achieve their goals! I think those are my favorite moments: watching people crush goals, overcome fears, do something they didn’t expect they could do and work together. Root 18 is made up of a group full of rich and unique stories. I’m proud to tell them all.