Lael Vogelbacher

Lael Profile

Hometown: Selah, Washington

What do you do to pay your bills?  I am lucky enough (or crazy enough) to stay at home with the kids.

How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box?  I found out about CrossFit through my husband, Joe. He joined Hyper CrossFit when I was pregnant with our second child, Veronica.  He would come home and tell me about these crazy workouts with box jumps and deadlifts, thrusters and pull ups, mile runs and squats. I could see that he was getting in shape and he really enjoyed it.  I knew I wanted to try it as soon as I had my baby girl and got the OK from my doctor.

What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? My favorite things about Hyper CrossFit are my fellow athletes and the awesome coaches.  I love that we are one big family and everyone wants the best for eachother. Plus the workouts are more tolerable knowing that someone else is going through the same “pain” as I am!  

What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started?  My proudest moment is when I reached my weight loss goal that I set when I first started CrossFit.  I not only wanted to lose the baby weight I had gained after having my two children, but also the extra weight I gained over the years.  My goal was to be the weight I was when I got married in 2007.  This meant that I needed to lose 70 lbs!  At first this seemed like an unrealistic goal, but I knew I needed to lose the weight.  Instead of focusing on the 70 lbs, I set smaller goals of 10 pounds.  I could reach these goals quicker, feel proud of my accomplishment and know that I was on the right track.  As the weight started coming off it only motivated me to work harder, eat cleaner and believe that my goal was attainable.  At the end of my first year of CrossFit I reached my weight loss goal! I had lost 70 lbs! I feel better than I have in years and I am truly greatful to the coachig staff for giving me the tools I needed to reach my goals.  I can’t thank them enough for giving me the gift of a healthy lifestyle.

What are you still working on to achieve?  My biggest goal right right now is to maintain my weight loss and continue improving on my strength and metabolic conditioning.  Some of my specific goals are to attain 50 consecutive double unders in a WOD (I am currently at 33), 10 consecutive kipping pull ups (I have reached 6 so far) and 1 strick pull up.  I also continue to work technique and quickness for the Olympic lifts.

Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit.  Before I had my children I worked as an Engineer at the Philadelphia Shipyard.

What is your favorite WOD or benchmark?  It’s hard to say what my favorite workout is. They all hurt pretty good!  But my favorite style of workout is the chipper format. I have only done it once but I did enjoy “The Filthy 50!” I like not having to revisit the movement once I have finished the first set of reps.   

If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be?  I would name the WOD “The Tall Girl” and it would be a ridiculous combination of rowing and wallballs!  I gotta take advantage of my height when I can!

What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit?  My advice to anyone just starting CrossFit is to not be intimidated by the workouts.  I remember walking into the box for the first time and being just shocked at what the athletes were doing.  “100 pull ups in one workout!…is that possible?!”  It is possible and you can do it!  Don’t worry if you RX the workout or not, just focus on pushing yourself to the best of your abilities.  It really is “not how you start but how you finish!”

Any additional comments you would like to share?  It was an honor to be a member of the Hyper CrossFit family and to be able to work out with an amazing group of people.  I want to thank everyone for their inspiration, encouraging words and their friendship.