Hometown: Delran, NJ
What do you do to pay your bills? Quality Assurance for a Brain Injury Rehab
How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I first heard about CrossFit from my cousin, who had started CrossFit after she started dating someone who owns a box in New York. I thought she was crazy, but was intrigued when I saw the results and how toned she was getting! My husband joined Hyper CrossFit for a month or two at the old box, and he would come home and tell me about his crazy workouts. I never thought I’d be able to do any of it, so I put off the idea of joining for 9 months until I finally decided to take the plunge and try it last September. My goal was to initially sign up at Hyper CrossFit for 1 month, but once I drank the CrossFit Kool-Aid, I was hooked!
What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? The best thing about being a member is by far all the athletes and coaches! Everyone is so friendly, encouraging, and motivating, especially when the workouts are super hard or if you’re having difficulty on techniques. That’s really the main reason why I fell in love with the Hyper CrossFit box! Besides that, I love being able to TRY to talk my fellow athletes and coaches into my crazy workout ideas since I’ve had some takers…. Still waiting on that bear crawl mile!
What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? From the moment I started CrossFit, I’ve been terrified at the idea of doing anything upside down and in particular hated the idea of doing Handstand Push Ups. In the beginning of July, I started practicing handstands every single day after class. On day 5, I finally landed a solid handstand with 8 push-ups in a row. Overcoming that fear of being upside down has definitely been my proudest moment so far.
What are you still working on to achieve? EVERYTHING! I’ve quickly learned that we’ll always have areas to improve upon or techniques we want to make better. I want to continue to focus on improving my strength numbers. I’ve gotten some great PRs lately, but haven’t yet hit the numbers I’m aiming for. I’m still practicing my double-unders every day – I can finally consecutively string some together but they need work, as well as practicing on getting more strict pull ups in a row. Of course, I also need to continue to work on ankle flexibility in order to tackle those pistols! The list goes on and on…
Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit. I lived in Madrid, Spain for a while, where I worked as a Social Worker at a foster home.
What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? I absolutely love anything that’s really challenging and takes longer than 30 minutes to finish! I’ve recently tried out the Hero WODs Nutts, Glen, and Murph for the first time… and loved them! Also the burpee mile… not a benchmark, but it should be!
If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? It would be some awesome combination of bear crawls, burpee broad jumps, running with the med balls, HR push ups and heavy hang squat cleans… all while wearing the infamous 20lb vest.
What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit? Just try it. Don’t be intimidated. I certainly was in the beginning, but I quickly realized that everything is scalable and can be tailored to your needs and fitness level. Crossfit is definitely one of the friendliest atmospheres I’ve been around in a while… so you’ll get all the encouraging you need to fight through the tough WODs! If I can do it, anyone can.
Any additional comments you would like to share? Thank you guys so much for nominating me for Athlete of the Month. There are so many other athletes who are so deserving of it and work so hard in the box every day. It’s been a privilege to get to be a part of the box, and I have made so great friends in the process!