1. When did you join CrossFit BC? I joined CFBC just as it opened in the 1st Ave location. My regular crossfit gym was part of my work campus and with offices closing due to the pandemic I was left doing at home workouts. While out walking one day, I saw that CFBC had opened up and popped in to take a look.
2. Why did you choose CrossFit? Crossfit was the perfect challenge for me after a few years ‘off’. I come from a background of competitive sport, having played squash at a national level and basketball in university. Retiring from high-level sports I then moved on to trail running and a few years of Bikram yoga. I wanted to be strong and capable as I got older and thought that CrossFit was a great activity to get me there.
3. What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit? I’m so much stronger than before I started CrossFit! The old body is slowly falling apart, but I love being able to scale the workouts as needed to still get the movement in. But… I would say the most significant changes in health have been due to the friends I’ve made. The incredible social aspect of the gym is everything to me. The support is never-ending, the love is flowing and the fitness is a fantastic happenstance to the rest.
4. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit? Just keep coming. It’s far less painful if you make it a regular thing. And scale. Scaling is life.
5. What is your favourite CrossFit exercise? Power cleans. I think everyone who says burpees or wall balls are 100% lying.
6. What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit? Baking, eating, walking my dog (in that order).
7. What is your proudest accomplishment at CrossFit? My first pull-up for sure. Making it even better, it was during a 2018 Open workout.
8. Have you made any changes to your diet? Not really. I’ve always had a fairly even relationship with food which I realize is lucky. I do try to focus on getting the necessary protein, but balance that with an unmatched sweet tooth.
9. Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you? As a teen I was a nationally ranked squash player and for a year trained with the guy who would go on to be World Champion. Years later, I completed The Canadian Death Race relay twice; and didn’t die either time!
10. What/who inspires you the most? The people that come day in and day out. The 5:30am crew is amazing and inspiring; my fellow grey-hairs who keep coming and give the young-ins a run for their money, and the coaches who keep pushing us, even when we put up a fight.