First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?
I live in Apex with my two little people (Naomi 3, Quinn 1) where the three of us manage to get by living with the bad jokes of my husband Roger. We are both from Hanover, PA (think Snyder’s Pretzels and Utz potato chips). In addition to trying to catch up on sleep and pleading with my 3 y/o not to destroy our living room, I manage to stumble into the box 3 days per week. I also work at UNC as a hand therapist and I enjoy the occasional Netflix binge. Prior to the last 3 years, I enjoyed shopping and hiking/backpacking/outdoor activities. That is all a distant memory now.
How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?
A good friend of mine was raving about the new “gym” that he started going to. He was telling me about how every workout was completely different and how they worked out in groups and I thought to myself “that actually sounds like fun”. I chose CFS 3 months after I had Naomi because I was sick of the same old gym routine and it is super close to us. I lucked out because it’s the most well run box that I’ve been to. My husband Roger started drinking the Kool-Aid as well, so now we have in depth discussions about proper lifting technique over dinner and argue over who gets to go to which class.
What was the first workout that you completed? What do you remember most about the workout?
The only thing that I remember about the first workout was that bear crawls were a part of the warm-up and I stumbled over my own hands and did a sideways tumble. So embarrassing. The next thing I remember is that everyone at CSF was so warm and friendly and that I didn’t get that “meat locker” feeling that I sometimes do at other boxes.
What are your current and future training goals?
I want to be a nimble cat on the rig like Laurie Jendrasiak. I am so terribly uncoordinated with anything that involves the rig that I feel like T-rex where my arms are too short and weak to carry my lower half so I just do a dead hang from the rig. I would also like to have the time to become more involved in CFS activities, such as eating challenges or Thursday night lights, etc.
What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?
Thrusters and anything that involves squatting. I like thrusters because they are a very functional movement – you pick the bar up, lift it overhead and put it down. Not much talent required there
What is your least favorite activity or lift?
Anything that involved rig work: pull-ups, toes to bar, knees to elbows. But that’s what’s great about Crossfit…it’s constantly challenging!
What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?
It took me a good 2 years to manage a pull-up but it’s pretty ugly. Also, anytime I can Rx a workout…it feels pretty good to click that little blue button.
What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why?
I would have to choose strength because I feel like it is little easier to measure in terms of tracking progress. Although I will say, a good run is very therapeutic.
Do you eat Paleo/Zone?
I prefer to stick to a “whole foods” diet, essentially avoiding processed foods and eating all nat-ur-al. I do eat whole grain sources of carbohydrates and I try to fill up my plate with vegetables as much as possible. I struggle with portion sizes. I typically eat more than my husband who is a foot taller and 75 lbs heavier than me.
What are 3 fun facts about yourself?
- I’ve attended 2 “Monday Night Raw” professional wrestling shows, right up by the ring, baby.
- I love my job. I spend all day getting to know people of all ages, making fun hand and elbow splints and hopefully helping to their hands/elbows impairments in the process.
- My parents were farmers so I grew up helping to butcher hogs, chickens, canning and drying produce, etc.