Tell us a little bit about yourself…
I grew up in Northern California and spent a great deal of my childhood doing anything active outside, but my true love was field hockey. I came to the East Coast to play college field hockey back in the late 90′s (a looooooong time ago!) and never went back.
A job opportunity brought me to Baltimore 8 years ago and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I get to enjoy city life with my family, watch the Orioles, and I live right around the corner from CFH. It doesn’t get much better than that! By day, I am a physician assistant working full-time with Chesapeake Urology. By night, my role switches to mom, wife and graduate student. My “free” time is divided between my active 1-year-old daughter and working towards my master’s degree. My hectic schedule leaves me with zero spare time which SONY DSCusually means…5:30am CrossFit classes!
What has changed since starting CrossFit?
I became a runner after college and even ran several marathons, but the challenge soon disappeared and I became bored with running hours on end. In recent years, I found it hard to motivate myself to wake up for those early morning runs. After my daughter was born last year, I needed a fitness jumpstart and was curious about CrossFit. I had serious doubts that I belonged in the CrossFit world, but thought I’d give it a shot. Now 10 months after joining CFH, I am amazed at how much I have gained and how far I have come. Suddenly, running 26.2 (o
r even 10) miles has no appeal and I realize that I’m now in much better shape than my marathon days. I now devote one hour of my day just to myself at CFH and at the same time have fun with some great people. Waking up at 5:30am has never been easier!
At CFH, I can focus my competitive energy towards reaching personal goals, and get the encouragement of everyone else who happen to be working on their own personal goals. There’s a sense of camaraderie and support at CFH that you feel when you are part of a team. I have been to other CrossFit gyms where the coaching instructions on proper form and safety is lacking. CFH coaches go above and beyond to make sure you understand each movement, that you have the right form, and that you push yourself in a safe way. I can rely on both my coaches and gym friends to give me great advice… one little tweak of a movement might make a big difference.
How has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
CrossFit has redefined my view on health and overall well-being. I don’t worry about weight or clothing sizes. I want to be healthy and strong, and it makes me feel confident and great! CrossFit has been an awesome stress-reliever to help me stay focused on the 100 other things I have to do on any given day.
Anything with squats! Or anything I couldn’t do before but now can. It’s hard to pick just one because I love pull-ups, toes to bar, and double-unders (all things I couldn’t do a few months ago).
Least favorite movement?
Wall balls and shoulder to overhead movements. My weaknesses, by far! I thought the wall ball issue had something to do with my height, but I’ve seen plenty of other petite females throw a 14lb wall ball without a problem. So…my work continues.
Any advice for people who are just getting started at CFH?
First, CrossFit IS for anyone who wants to give it a try! You can make it as easy or challenging as you’d like. You may end doing the prescribed weight for every WOD or you may find it challenging to scale a workout each time. As long as you put in the effort and challenge yourself in that hour, it will make a difference. Second, don’t get discouraged if you need to scale everything at the beginning. Be patient, keep pushing yourself and eventually you will improve. Third, work on your weaknesses and you will find yourself doing the impossible… pull-ups without bands ARE possible! Coming in to an open gym day is great to work on those weaknesses and who knows… those annoyingly frustrating movements may even become your favorites one day.
Field Hockey player, Physicians Assistant, CFH Athlete