1) How did you get involved in CrossFit? What was your first WOD/experience?

A friend of mine had begun telling me about Crossfit about 2 years ago. He raved about how great the workouts were. Admittedly, when he would bring up the topic, my thoughts immediately went to all of the misconceptions that people have about Crossfit. Although I was a little bored with running all the time, I wasn’t receptive to what he was telling me. Then one day, we went for a run together. I was blown away when I saw how much his stamina had improved through the run. He credited every ounce of improvement to Crossfit. I was so impressed that as soon as I got home, I did an internet search and started researching the websites of local boxes. Within the week, I had my first session scheduled with Justin!

I don’t remember the WOD exactly, but I do remember that it had rope swings, pull-ups and burpees.

2) When did you start coming to CrossFit Portsmouth/ how long have you been CrossFitting for?

I began my 5 preparatory sessions the last week of August 2013. They were done in about a week, and I started going to the regular classes immediately afterwards.

3) When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?

I knew Crossfit was for me before the end of my first private session with Justin! It took place during a 5:15 class, so I had an opportunity to get a glimpse at what it was really about. People were welcoming and went out of their way to say “Hi” and introduce themselves. The energy at CFP was overwhelmingly positive, leaving no doubt in my mind that it was a great place to work out. What made the biggest impression on me, however was Justin’s presentation of what Crossfit is. He emphasized how it would benefit my passion for running as well as how it would help me to improve upon my weaknesses. As I began learning different movements and the basics of lifting in those first sessions, I was impressed with how encouraging and educational Justin was. Having my ramp-up sessions while classes were taking place, I was able to see that this was a characteristic shared between him and the other trainers. That sealed the deal for me!

4) What are you short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?

Crossfit has helped me to feel stronger now than ever before. Mentally, it enables you to truly believe that you can do anything with hard work and the right training. With that being said, my short term goal is to run my first marathon in under 3 ½ hours. I don’t necessarily have a long term “goal”. Rather, I have a long-term outlook that I’m working towards. Fitness, for me is a frame of mind. Crossfit has given me a thirst for strength in variation; being able to take on anything and be successful. I hope to carry this forward with me and use it to succeed in any physical activity that I take on.

5) What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?

My favorite movement is the hand-stand push up. For me, it represents a point for measuring your progress and strength. My least favorite movement is a lift; the snatch. This lift has been my enemy from the beginning!

6) What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?

I’m a registered nurse working in an orthopedic unit and at a rehabilitation facility.

7) What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?

Anything physical (like many crossfitters) such as cycling, hiking and yoga. I enjoy eating . . . really, I’d eat all day long if I could! I also enjoy building things and one day plan on building my home.

8) What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?

In case anyone missed question #7, I love food. It makes me happy. If you really want to see me happy, make sure there’s meat! Lasagna needs at least 3 different types. Pizza? Make it a meat lover’s. Burgers . . . bring them on. One of my favorite things in the whole world is sausage! Seriously, what’s better than a meat you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

9) Fun fact?

In the past, I’ve worked as a butcher, heavy equipment operator and a correction’s officer.

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