2. Why did you choose CrossFit?
I was in a car accident in 2012, which kept me from exercise for almost 18 months. When it was time to get back to it, I realized I really hated everything I was doing (spin clas….ugh.). My co-worker at the time had been doing Crossfit and I was subjected to his daily chat about his love of the sport. He finally convinced me to try at Saturday class, and that was all it took. From that day onward, he and I then started subjecting our co-workers to our daily banter about WODs, PRs and squat form.
3. What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?
My body has and continues to be transformed. There are muscles where I didn’t even know muscles could be. As an avid tennis player, I’m much faster on the court, and some major speed has been added to my groundstrokes.
4. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
I’d tell them not to be intimidated, even though it’s hard to visualize yourself fitting in when you see that many fit people, lifting what seems to be an incomprehensible amount of weight. It’s terrifying the first time, but you quickly figure out that it’s one of the most friendly and comfortable places to be (when you’re not doing burpees).
5. What is your favourite CrossFit exercise?
6. What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit?
Outside of CrossFit, I play Tennis, Ski and Sail.
7. What is your proudest accomplishment at CrossFit?
Honestly, walking in the door that first day, and continuing to do so, is my proudest accomplishment. Anything achieved in the gym is due to those decisions.
8. Have you made any changes to your diet?
I’m in the midst of allergy/sensitivity testing, so my diet has been changed a lot. I’ve always eaten whole foods, but recently I‘ve cut out gluten, dairy and soy, and I’m feeling fantastic.
9. Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I spent the first 29 years of my life as a blonde!
10. What/who inspires you the most?
Serena Williams is my super hero. She’s 33 (which is pretty ancient in tennis player years) and is still breaking records. She started her tennis career with the cards stacked against her (She’s from Compton, California) and broke into the privileged sport of tennis with gusto. Between her and her sister Venus, they changed how the game was played, fought for pay equity and in this coming January, if Serena were to win the Australia Open, she’ll tie for the most major titles in the history of the sport (22!). She’s also unapologetically fierce on the court, which is pretty fun to watch!