When did you start doing CrossFit and how did you get into it?
I started doing crossfit September, 2016, so I’m still fairly new to it. I got into crossfit probably for the opposite reason of most people I know. After I graduated from college, I ran more than anything else to stay in shape and became much thinner than was healthy for me. I started doing crossfit as a way to gain more weight, and in the process get stronger, and become more fit all around.
What is your Favorite WOD?
Grace, which isn’t very surprising as clean and jerks are my favorite lift. I also love anything that involves burpees, box jumps, dumbbell snatches or interval running.
What is your Least Favorite WOD?
Anything that involves wallballs. I haven’t quite figured out why I am so incredibly horrible at them, but they’re the worst.
What is your Favorite Lift?
Clean and jerks, no question.
What is your Least favorite lift?
What type of exercise were you doing before CrossFit?
I was a multisport athlete at my D2 college, playing softball, running cross country, and throwing javelin for the track and field team. I always loved the weight lifting and conditioning, but it was very different than crossfit has been. I’m also a fairly avid runner.
Tell us a little about your personal and professional accomplishments – what are you proud of?
I have a bit of an ambitious personality, currently working full time at Duke Energy as a Data Science Consultant in Supply Chain, while also working towards my Master’s Degree at UNC-Charlotte. If I graduate in December, that will be one of my favorite professional accomplishments. As far as personal goes, my dog is my greatest pride and joy, and my biggest motivation to keep running. Over the last two years, I’ve competed in many trail races, including running and biking, and tend to do fairly well, always placing top 3 in my division.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, other interests, etc.). Anything funny or interesting?
My family is all originally from New York, although I tend to believe I didn’t get a bit of that personality. I think the one thing I took from that is my love of good food. I love to experiment cooking, mostly because I love to eat. I’m also hoping I can work hard in Corporate America for 20 or 25 years, and then retire early to my second career as a line cook.
What are your CrossFit goals and have you achieved any of those goals, how’s it going so far?
My biggest goal is to prove people wrong. At 5’1” and 115 lbs on a rainy day, I love being able to do more than people expect that I can. I’ve made good progress getting stronger, finally surpassing all my college PRs in the weight room! I also would love to get better at the gymnastics, with CTB, pull ups, muscle ups, dips etc. All in all, I’ve met more goals than I expected I would at this point, but that just makes me want to do more.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?
I finally have friends other than from college or work! But really, it’s nice to have an outlet with people who have the same drive and passion as you, in a place that does so much for my well being. Crossfit is my best stress relief, and I think that translates into my work and personal life as well. I finally have an outlet so when I leave the box, I’m in a much calmer state.
Do you have any other special memories/achievements during your time here?
My first HSPU was a great one, as was full squat cleans at 135. The best memories though revolve around how delirious we all tend to be at the 5:30am class every morning. I love how much better the rest of my day is after spending the beginning of it at the box.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Reebok CrossFit Charlotte-Uptown?
Try it, it’s not that scary! Crossfit isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely for anyone strong willed enough to reach their goals. Also, it’s amazing how much you can gain from just 30 or 45 minutes. I used to spend hours a day between running and supplemental lifting in the gym, but crossfit is a chance to get in and out in about an hour and accomplish more than you could in three hours elsewhere.
Something you might not know about me is?
I’m quite the nerd when it comes to work life and academics. Also, I can solve a 3*3 Rubik’s cube in less than 60 seconds. I can solve the 4*4 as well, but that takes a bit more time.
Finally, please feel free to add your thoughts regarding your experience at Reebok CrossFit Charlotte-Uptown so far?
My absolute favorite place to be. Great friends, terribly hard and motivational WODs, and the coaching staff is fantastic. Special shout out to Corey for getting there before 5:15am every morning to let me in early!! 🙂