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July Spotlight – Amanda Brugos

 

1.TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.

Hello there!!! LOL  I grow up in a small town called Munhall near Pittsburgh.  We would say “Munhall Funhall!” I have been married to my husband Pat for 14 years and we have two boys, Patrick (12) and Parker (11).  My husband and I have known eachother since the 2nd grade but didn’t start dating until we were 27.

I worked at Magee Womens Hospital for the last 17yrs in Labor and Delivery.  I just took a new position in an OB/Gyne office, in Oakland still but it is Mon-Fri. 😊  I am loving it so far and enjoying not working shifts and weekends.

I want to thank the Coaches for picking me for the July spot.  I try to go unnoticed but I guess I can’t hide anymore.  LOL  Last July, I got fed up and decided that I need to do something for MYSELF.  I was so overweight and unhappy with myself that I could let that happen. I decided on July 12th that I was gonna have a New Beginning! I posted on Facebook just as an accountability statement to myself.  I didn’t really announce to people that I was “gonna go on a diet or lose weight”.  It was just me and I was going finally do it.  I changed my diet basically no carbs and cut out beer drinking.  I lost 18lbs in 2  months then stuck, wasn’t losing anymore with just diet.  An ad came across my Facebook newsfeed about a “New You” program one day and there it was…my start to Crossfit.  I met with Tammy and signed on the dotted line…my start to a better ME.

  1. WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS AFTER YOUR 1st NEW YOU CLASS?

Well, my thought of going to my first New You class was “I’m for sure going to die!!” Then after class I thought, “Wow, I didn’t die!  I can do this!”

  1. HOW WAS YOUR TRANSITION FROM THE NEW YOU PROGRAM INTO OUR CROSSFIT CLASSES?

I was a little apprehensive going into the normal classes, but after the 1st one, it was good.  The Coaches were attentive to the new peeps which was comforting because I would have a lot of questions and they were always very helpful.  And the other people in the class were very helpful too and were there for us if we needed it.

  1. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CROSSFIT?

The one thing that I enjoy most about Crossfit is how it makes me feel after class.  A sense of accomplishment.  I might not RX the WOD but I can get through it and that’s a great feeling.  I set my own goals in my head – like if it is an AMRAP, I’ll say, let’s get at least 3 and if I do more….even better.

  1. WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT TO DATE?

Actually joining!!! JK

I know this is silly, but it took me weeks to do an actual box jump out of fear of embarrassing myself.  One night after class, my buddy Tina stayed over with me and helped me attempt  the  12”box jump.  It took a few minutes to actually jump, but I did it!

  1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVEMENT/LIFT? LEAST FAVORITE?

My favorite lift I would say is the power clean.  My least favorite has been the Snatch but I have been practicing my form and going to the classes that have the Snatch and not avoiding them.  I feel a lot better about them now.

  1. YOU HAVE BEEN FLOATING AROUND TO BOTH OUR MORNING AND NIGHT CLASSES, WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT EACH GROUP AND HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?

I am so happy that I have been able to float around to meet and get to know all the Coaches better and the other Crossfitters.  Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive, I can’t say enough about that.  You get different things out of the Coaches one way or another, but what is consistent among them all is that they want you to be the best that you can be.  I am now in the evening class due to schedule change and it has been great! I do miss my mornings with Tammy, Alex and the crew but when I am off – I’ll hit a morning!!

  1. WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM?

Well…in the gym, I challenge myself.  I do things now that I never thought I would do ever again in my life.  Trying to do a pull up…ugh…but now…it is my goal to do 1 one day!!!!  Out of the gym…I feel more confident.  Like – “Hey, look at what I did!!!  You can too!”

 

  1. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT OR THINKING OF GIVING IT A TRY?

DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!!!!  I know it looks intimidating but there are so many people who were right there where they are and look at them now.  It does not matter what shape, age, or skill level just do it!!! You will feel so much better. It is just one step, literally, at a time!

 

  1. IF YOU COULD CREATE A WOD, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?

Rower – cleans – burpees

 

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