1. When did you join CrossFit BC?
I did my first workout at CrossFit BC on September 5th for a partner WOD!
2. Why did you choose CrossFit?
I love the variety of movements and types of workout combinations the sport inspires. The atmosphere of working out with others around me trying to get their best times, their heaviest lifts, or their max reps, pushes me to another level. The learning curve is steep but so rewarding – it’s exhilerating breaking through barriers and defy perhaps what thougth you could never do.
3. What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?
I am getting stronger every day with consistent training and nutrition and hitting PRs. In health – I have more energy outside of the gym at work, and carry myself with more confidence. In Physique, I can see muscle definition in my upper body, especially my shoulders and arms.
4. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
It’s not like the Games! Every movement, every workout can be tailored to your current abilities. The community is a supportive and encouraging one and you’re only in competition with yourself to do better! Stick with it and in a few months, you’ll surprise yourself with a new skill, lift a heavier weight surrounded by a community who will celebrate your achievement with you!
5. What is your favourite CrossFit exercise?
Hmm… if I had to choose only one, I would say it would be double unders!
6. What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit?
I love going on adventures with my dog, Zelda and husband, Tyler. Hiking, cycling, or just a leisurely walk with a coffee in hand window shopping.
7. What is your proudest accomplishment at CrossFit?
I got second place at Rocky Point Festivus individual competition in Spring of 2018. It was a thrill being in the final and then getting to stand on the podium!
8. Have you made any changes to your diet?
Yes! I have recently started working with Sophie through M2 Performance Nutrition. With her coaching, I am learning habits to help me eat more consistently in both quality and quantity – focusing on whole/real foods and macronutrient targets. Generally speaking, I am eating way more protein and its made significant improvements in my satiety, gym performance, mood. Most importantly, I am really improving my relationship with food.
9. Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I was a music and theatre kid in school – I never did sports. I still do community musical theatre (when there isn’t a pandemic).
10. What/who inspires you the most?
Growing up, my family did not prioritize physical activity. As a result, it was expected and deemed normal that with age, inevitably you become less physically capable and take medications for a variety of diseases. What inspires me are all those that I see everyday that prove this is not an inevitability. I see athletes of ALL AGES that are stronger, fitter and faster and can do movements that I can’t do. It gives me drive to keep working, stay consistent with my nutrition and training, so that hopefully oneday I can also do the things I see them do. They make me believe that you’re never too old to learn a new skill – like a muscle-up or handstand walk :).