Hometown: Westampton, NJ
What do you do to pay your bills? Registered Nurse
How did you learn about CrossFit and how did you end up in our awesome Box? I first learned about CrossFit three years ago from my husband, Matt. He threw around acronyms such as WODs and AMRAPS, and would discuss his performance of the exercises we all know and love today. I admired his passion and knowledge for the sport, so I eventually joined a neighboring box. Dissatisfied with the coaching and large classes there, I left. Come summer of 2013, we popped in to check out the Willingboro gym, and discovered that Hyper CrossGit was opening up right around the corner from where we live. The rest is history!
What do you like most about being a FIT member (Hyper CrossFit Athlete)? Hands down, the camaraderie among my fellow classmates and the coaches! Tied for first is the coaching. No one is neglected in ensuring we execute correct form. We all support and encourage one another during our performances.
What is your proudest moment/biggest accomplishment since you started? Man, that is REALLY tough to narrow that down to one single proud moment, especially never having been an athlete. Can I have three? 🙂 I was very excited when I did my first WOD as RX’d a few months ago. Most recently, I am super proud to report that my 2 rep max for the back squat is 145lbs! Little ol’ 4′ 10″ me did THAT! My second proudest moment was about 7 months ago when I finally was able to master an 18″ box jump! I can’t describe how fearful I was of seriously injuring myself slipping off of, jumping into, but not ON TO the box.
What are you still working on to achieve? Gosh, where do I start? The top of the list includes mastering wall balls, pull-ups, toes to bars, snatches, and double unders.
Tell us one random fact about yourself that has nothing to do with Crossfit. I was a travel nurse in the E.R. for three years, which included work in CA, NY, NJ, PA, and FL. I also volunteered as a nurse in New Orleans helping Hurricane Katrina victims.
What is your favorite WOD or benchmark? I haven’t performed many Hero WODs, so I can’t accurately answer this.
If you created a WOD and named it after yourself, what would it be? Simply, “Teresa.” I like anything with squats, dead lifts, cleans, running, and pull-ups. (My evil twin is suggesting wall balls). The “Bear Complex” was a rough and challenging workout, but that’s what I loved about it!
What advice would you offer to someone interested, but intimidated to try Crossfit? Other than explaining the principles behind CrossFit, I would tell them to sit in on a class or two to get a feel for it. Reassure them that it is commonplace for a student to modify exercises according to your ability, that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, not everyone is an athlete or a muscle head, and people of all shapes, sizes, and ages participate in CrossFit. Reinforce the community feeling of working out together in the box. There is no discriminating except you against yourself. I would reiterate the Hyper CrossFit motto: “It’s not where you start. It’s where you finish.” Challenge yourself. Commit yourself. You can do anything if you want it badly enough. I sincerely promise you will see changes in yourself that you never knew were even possible!
Any additional comments you would like to share? Thank you so much for selecting me as Athlete of the Month! You have no idea how much you brightened my day! I am very humbled especially having never been an athlete. I have always kept active in some way shape or form, but never considered myself athletic. Thank you again!