Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a former New Yorker who relocated to Baltimore eight years ago. I live in a house full of boys (Charlie 3, Tommy 5… and Brian 40) and wouldn’t want it any other way. I grew up playing sports competitively (lacrosse at Cornell) and love kicking the ball around, riding bikes or hiking with my kids.
I work at Discovery where I head up the marketing team, so when I’m not playing mom or wife, I’m celebrating Shark Week or trying to convince people to watch Deadliest Catch and Gold Rush. I’m an aspiring golfer, love to ski and basically enjoy anything where I get to spend time outdoors.
What has changed since starting CrossFit?
So much has changed. I’ve always enjoyed working out, but since I’ve started CrossFit I’ve found myself completely refocused. I’m training for reasons other than weight loss (never thought that was possible!) and I listen to my body more (fueling it differently and paying attention to cues I’ve ignored before). And emotionally, it’s completely re-energized my competitive side that hasn’t surfaced in years.
What do you enjoy about CrossFit Federal Hill?
I feel like I have a new extended family! The support system is just incredible. Not just from the coaches, but also from every member I’ve had the privilege to meet, cheer for or collapse with on the floor. I love the team dynamic of the gym — no matter how hard the workout; I truly get a lift from every person in that box!
How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym? .
Sweat is my new god. Some people see therapists, some go to church… I go see Geo and Brian! The gym gives me a wonderful outlet to get centered, clear my head and find clarity in my otherwise hectic life.
And as a working mom, I’m constantly trying to find the balance where I feel like “I can have it all”. While its not always perfect balance, the gym has helped me with so much of that. Early morning classes get me to work on time, I get some couple time with my better half (Brian) when we take classes together and, in a pinch, I even get to bring my kids to the gym!
If by ‘favorite’ you mean ‘easiest’, I’d say sit-ups. Any WOD with sit-ups gets me excited (I can’t believe I just wrote that).
But my true favorite is pull-ups (again, I can’t believe I just wrote that). It’s been the one exercise where I’ve really been able to see progress quickly. I came in the gym two months ago using a green band for every WOD and now I can do a pull up unassisted.
Least favorite movement?
Overhead squats. Or snatches. Could be a tie.
Any advice for people who are just getting started at CFH?
Live in the moment. As soon as I walk into that gym, I try to focus on why I’m there. One hour a day. All to myself. To make myself stronger, fitter and healthier in body and mind. Like most of us, life can be pretty hectic. Remember why you came and soak up every bit of advice, motivation and strength you can. You WILL walk out of that door stronger.