I grew up in Lombard, IL, so the Chicagoland area has always been my home.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
Since August 1st, so about three months.
I was always the fairly unathletic artsy kid, but ran Cross Country in college (wasn’t really good, just did it for the exercise) and did a few half marathons.
What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
That I couldn’t believe I had gotten through it from beginning to end.
What is something no one knows about you?
My husband and I are both musicians and met each other through that.
What are your training/fitness goals?
My short term goals are to get double unders, to start increasing weights, and to be able to do an actual push up. Long term, I think improved and prolonged quality of life, like, being able to chase my toddler around without feeling like I’m dying and not having to catch my breath after climbing stairs.
What is your favorite CrossFit WOD/movement?
Cleans. I like box jumps, too.
What is your least favorite WOD/movement?
Thrusters, with wall balls coming in a close second.
What is your favorite cheat food?
Lou Malnati’s deep dish pepperoni pizza, with butter crust.
What’s your favorite thing about CrossFit?
I love looking at the board and thinking, no way I can do that, then getting to the end of the work out and realizing I can. I love the loud music and I also love how it translates into my every day life. I can lift my own crap without asking for help from a guy. I have so much more energy and am way more productive at home and at work than I used to be. I feel stronger overall, and that changes the way I see myself, so overall I just have a healthier, happier life.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Go consistently. Just do it. Go when you’re sore, and modify as you need to. Listen to the coaches. Ask for help. Write your score on the board and on Wodhopper even if you have the slowest time or lowest score. Write down goals for yourself, and engage with the process. Faster than you think, you’ll be able to go back and see how much progress you’ve actually made.