1) When did you join CrossFit BC?
I joined CrossFit the end of October 2012.

2) Why did you choose CrossFit?
I had just moved to Vancouver, so I was looking for a new workout space. A friend of mine recommended that I try out CrossFit. After the first class, I was hooked.

3) What changes in your health, physique and overall performance have you seen since starting CrossFit?
When I first joined CrossFit, I thought I was in pretty good shape. I was wrong. But, the amazing thing about CrossFit is the huge personal improvements that you can make in a short amount of time. When I first started I remember thinking the barbell was heavy, and now I’m continually adding more weight.

4) What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
I think the most important thing is to stay committed. I remember when I first started I felt pretty intimidated and relatively weak, but I realized that in CrossFit, you are really competing against yourself. When you realize you can do something you couldn’t do a week or a month ago, it’s such an awesome feeling!

5) What is your favourite CrossFit exercise?
Burpees!! Just kidding. I’d say squat cleans.

6) What is your favourite activity outside of CrossFit?
Either planning a trip or going on a trip, whether it is to Whistler or to another country.

7) What is your proudest accomplishment at CrossFit?
First RX workout.

8) Have you made any changes to your diet?
Well I can’t seem to commit to strict paleo… because I LOVE peanut butter… but I’ve definitely started using paleo as a guideline for my diet.

9) Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you?
UteHmm.. I used to live in France.

10) What/who inspires you the most?
Everyone else at CrossFit inspires me. It’s so motivating to see other people improving. CrossFit BC really is a family. I find when one person succeeds, everyone else becomes even more motivated to succeed. Also, the coaches inspire me. I know that I wouldn’t have made the improvements I have so far without Troy, and the other coaches, pushing me to do more.

20130409-121905.jpg“Phoenix” was also voted “Cheerleader” of this years Open. Even though she was injured and couldn’t compete, she still trains (one-arm row above) and also came to cheer on our athletes as they hit the Open Wods.