1. When did you join CrossFit BC?
In November 2020 (but that wasn’t my first experience with crossfit!)
2. Why did you choose CrossFit?
I was in a transition period–new city, new job–and moving away from the team sports I had played all my life. Crossfit gave me a new way to channel all that energy and competitive spirit, and new friends to enjoy it with.
3. What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?
I’m definitely stronger than I was, with more muscle mass to go along with that. But what’s surprised me the most has been that even my long-term endurance has improved. I wouldn’t have expected that doing a bunch of 5-15 minute WODS would translate into better stamina over a 60-90 minute hockey game!
4. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
Crossfit can be adapted to work with your personal goals and limits, no matter who you are. It will give you the opportunity to push yourself as hard (or as moderately!) as you want to, and a community of people to cheer you on along the way. If that sounds good to you, come give it a try!
5. What is your favourite CrossFit exercise?
I’ve learned to love the echo bike, which I never in a million years thought I would say (the only WOD I’ve ever refused to finish was my first one that involved a bike!). I also like cleans and working on gymnastics movements.
6. What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit?
I really like food. Eating it, cooking it, scouring the city for the best breakfast sandwich or ice cream–basically if there’s food involved I’m there.
7. What is your proudest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Hitting something I never thought would be possible–a certain weight on a lift, a new gymnastics movement, whatever it is–any time that happens it’s such a rewarding experience! If I had to pick one, I’d probably say getting a deadlift PR (one I never thought I would!) at a team competition the weekend before the covid came to BC.
8. Have you made any changes to your diet?
Everyone is different this way, but I find it’s better for my mental health if I don’t try too hard to monitor what I’m eating–to me that’s worth more than the physical gains I could see if I did. I do try to stay conscious of getting enough protein–I love meat, but I try not to eat too much of it, so I have fun coming up with creative alternatives.
9. Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I am probably more obsessed with crossWORDS than with crossFIT. Huge word nerd over here.
10. What/who inspires you the most?
All the new moms I see coming back to the gym. I really admire you all for managing not to get fully consumed by your new responsibilities (and new life chaos!) as parents, and for keeping space to honour yourselves and do things that matter to you as individuals. I want to be like you!!