How long have you been CrossFitting? I've been CrossFitting for a little over a year. I started in October 2011.
What is your occupation? I'm a full time mother of three with one on the way, due in February 2013.
Where are you from? I grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and moved to Petoskey about 4 years ago.
How did you hear about CrossFit Petoskey and how did you get started? I heard about CrossFit through many friends who have been CrossFitting since CFP opened. The most influential person encouraging me to start was my husband, Dan. He started about 6 months before I did. I saw his immediate enjoyment and positive attitude towards CrossFit, but I was nervous to try something new.
What is your favorite movement? When it comes to CrossFit movements, it's hard to pick a favorite. I enjoy so many. Some of my favorites right now are movements I can still do with my ever growing pregnant belly- pull ups, push press, squats and cleans. Before my pregnancy I would have to say burpees were my favorite.
What is your least favorite movement? My least favorit movement is the snatch. I find it both physically and mentally difficult.
What is your favorite WOD? My favorite WOD is Fight Gone Bad because of its challenging movements and the amount of time for each.
What is your least favorite WOD? My least favorite WOD is anything with double unders.
What are some goals you have set for yourself over the next year? My present goal is to make it to CrossFit 2-3 times per week for the duration of my pregnancy. Every day I work out is a great day. My next post pregnancy goal is to simply get back to where I was in June 2012 before I was pregnant and go from there.
How do you see CrossFit different from other programs? As a former spin instructor and avid runner, I was reluctant to start CrossFit due to a fear of the unknown. I was intimidated by lifting heavy weights and I thought I might bulk up. I can honestly say CrossFit is a full body workout that has allowed me to get stronger mentally and physically. It's never monotonous and I appreciate the daily change of workouts along with the outcomes. There is no comparison, I feel stronger every day I do CrossFit, even being 7 months pregnant. The encouragement from the coaches and fellow CrossFit members is unlike anything I've experienced. As much as I enjoy participating in each workout I love watching others finish an intense workout and seeing someone's success of doing a prescribed workout for the first time. I've never been encouraged by a person in another gym class situation like I am daily at CrossFit Petoskey. From coaches giving you positive feedback, to members simply helping you pick up your weights after class, it is very much and individual sport combined with a team element like no other.
Did you think the sport of elite fitness would ever be for you? No. I've always considered myself an athlete, but working out at CFP has allowed me to push myself mentally and physically in a different way I never would have done on my own. After working out at CFP for a solid 6-7 months I can honestly say I was in the best shape of my life.
What is something different that others may not know about you and how can other people relate to your story? CrossFit is certainly able to work with people at all levels and abilities. Participating in CrossFit while pregnant has allowed me to see the importance of modifying workouts to meet my physical needs. CFP coaches will make each workout accessible to you as long as you communicate your needs and goals.