1. When did you join CrossFit BC?
On September 27, 2014 I joined the Saturday Noon Trial Class. I did not know what to expect, but was very proud I had the guts to show up and finish the WOD. Immediately after the class, I booked the private Foundation Program and never looked back ever since. I slept for 6h right after that workout.
2. Why did you choose CrossFit?
I live close by the CFBC Yaletown location and used to watch the athletes run in rain or shine and remember thinking “these people are crazy”. My goal was to become leaner. I later understood CrossFit is not for that, but something bigger and better.
3. What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?
Life prior CrossFit included lots of Advil & Tylenol for constant headache, overall body pain and tiredness. Since I started CrossFit, the pain just disappeared and positive look appeared, hence no more pills. I started loving the soreness, knowing this will only change my body for good. There is not a single person that does not look happy here! That makes me smile, gives me strength, energy and hope, and helps me make fast and easy decisions.
I am stronger physically and emotionally. I can experience things I never thought possible for me – resist stress with a smile, participate in the SunRun, run in the rain, attempt swimming, get to have my beach body (improved), do the Fright Night at PNE with all rides, do the Grouse Mountain Grind, …carry heavy boxes with Costco groceries. I give it up to CrossFit BC Team! Thank you!!!
4. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
CrossFit at CFBC is safe and truly for everyone, regardless of what stage of your life and physical ability you are! Fear is a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself. Just show up and stick around. The athletes, the awesome coaches and community support will lead you to a much better place then you were yesterday. You’ll find yourself regretting when you are not be able to come to a class.
Ignore the generalized perception of strong men and women flipping over tractor tires, pulling ropes. Every day, you’ll leave with a big sense of achievement that you conquered the WOD and confidence, that is guaranteed to be carried with you into your everyday life. Then, you’ll wish you get to do the Tires Flipping.
5. What is your favourite CrossFit exercise?
Deadlift and when it feels like an adult playground. Also, Synchro Burpees and Running – those two made me feel very hopeless before, however making them my first friend changed things. Also, Power Cleans and Air Squats.
6. What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit?
My life is quite busy – work, school, kids’ school and sport activities, so the only time I can carve out for me nowadays is solely for CrossFit. It’s my “Happy Hour”.
7. What is your proudest accomplishment at CrossFit?
The day I’ve decided to start – it took everything I had to first step foot in the door. Having my CrossFit Nickname given and being nominated for Athlete of the Month. Thank you! This made me reflect and realize the change CrossFit brought into my life. Also, getting my Box Jump and Pull Ups with no band, improving pushups, rowing and running capabilities.
8. Have you made any changes to your diet?
CrossFit contributes directly and indirectly to my discipline, nutrition and sleep habits. I’ve learned about the consequences of bad choices the hard way. Nothing strict, but I definitely eat and drink mindfully.
9. Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I was never part of any sports and entering a CrossFit Box in my late 30s was entirely out of my comfort zone. I was almost 200 pounds, twice before. I hosted radio shows back home between age of 15 and 25. I am a workaholic and if I am not enrolled in a degree or certificate course, I do not feel effective. I am popular with my diaper cakes for baby showers.
10. What/who inspires you the most?
My husband! Every day, he inspires me to “live life on the top of the wave” with love, positive approach and zero overthinking. What also inspires me is the positive energy from all CrossFitBC coaches and athletes who will stop at nothing to make a positive change to other athlete’s lives – it is magical.