The “Athlete in the Spotlight” is a selected CFP member that has really impressed the trainers with their work ethic, determination, and strength. This athlete has gone above & beyond the expectation at CrossFit Portsmouth and deserve to be recognized.


1) How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I am fairly new to the area having moved here from DC and I also work from home.  I was doing a lot of workout DVDs (e.g. Insanity, P90X), but wanted to do something that got me out of the house.  Many people I knew had been trying to get me to try CrossFit so it seemed liked the perfect time to do it.

What was your first WOD/experience?

My first WOD was a partner workout. Being new, Sophie kindly volunteered to be my partner.  For a portion of the workout we had to do as many pull-ups as possible and Sophie did 50 – absolutely amazing!  I was left awestruck, inspired, and a little intimidated.

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

I had my introductory training sessions with Sophie at the end of September 2013.  It was perfect timing because the federal government shut-down around the same time so I was able to get started quickly.

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

I realized CrossFit was right for me right away.  I love the comradery, the fact that the workouts are always different, and the intense workouts.

The trainers have made a huge impact; I usually workout with Justin who has been extremely patient and encouraging.

I am extremely grateful for all for the dedicated trainers and the amazing athletes that I get to workout with on a daily basis.

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

Overall, I would like to build strength and confidence.  In the short-term I would like to Rx a workout.  As I progressively get stronger, I am hoping to be able to do handstand push-ups and pull-ups.

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

I love the partner workouts.  Working with a partner helps push me because I don’t want to let my partner down.  I love working as a team – balancing out each other’s strengths.

My least favorite movement is front squats – I have a lot of trouble keeping my chest up!

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

I work for the Department of Health and Human Services.   I have the opportunity to work with thought leaders across the country to develop policy for the use of health information technology to improve healthcare.  I love my job and am very passionate about it.

7) What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?

Bikram yoga, skiing, running, dancing

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

Paleo: Anything spicy or with avocados

Non-paleo: I love frozen yogurt!

9) Fun fact?

When I lived in DC I didn’t have a car giving me a greater appreciation for the days I am able to take the top off of my Jeep and just drive.

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