Tell about yourself –
I am originally from the Zelienople/Harmony area, lived in Virginia and New York for some years but came back to Zelie to be home about 19 years ago. I love living in the town I grew up in. I have a unique “blended” family and they are my everything. My better half Wils and I have been together for 9 years, I have 2 boys Gio (17) and Dominic (13.) Wils has Emma (20) and Hugh (17) together we all make it work! I am not a country farm girl, but we live in the country on a beautiful peaceful farm and I have to say after a crazy day there is no place I’d rather be. I enjoy just being home. I am a Sales and Training Executive for the Estée Lauder Companies, and have worked in the cosmetic industry my entire career of 32 years.
What brought you to TPA? How long have you been doing Crossfit?
I’m proud to say I’m an OG! I’ve had the pleasure of watching Tammy’s dream become a reality from the beginning. I have always done some kind of fitness my entire life, I was really into weight lifting and triathlon training in my 40’s. I’ve have had peaks, lows and plateaus in my fitness over the years. I knew Tammy from the Y in Cranberry, she taught a mean spin class that I loved! When she left the Y, so many people were upset and I remember her posting on FB about something that she had in the works. I was burnt out with what I had been doing and despite all my efforts I had put on some weight. I contacted Tammy and she did a few sessions with me at my house to give me an idea of what she had in the works. I just remember a little box and a medicine ball, it was something simple but I remember feeling really out of shape even though I thought I was in shape! After that, we started doing Wod’s in a garage and the rest is TPA history, and I’ve been a member ever since.
What were your thoughts after your 1st Wod at TPA?
I don’t remember specifically what it was, but I do remember loving the feeling afterwards and the soreness in different places in my body was something I hadn’t experienced before and I liked it!
What do you enjoy most about Crossfit?
I really enjoy the community and camaraderie. I have formed many friendships and new acquaintances at TPA. It’s fun to work out with a group and cheer each other on during the wod. I look forward to seeing everyone there. It’s been inspiring to me to see so many people start out and then flourish in their fitness. It’s fun, challenging, it makes you do things you’re not good at, its constantly changing and you can be competitive or you can scale! I think our Coaching staff is the best and I have learned so much and something different from each coach.
What is your proudest moment to date?
I’ve had my best year yet at TPA and had some specific goals as I approached my 50th Birthday this year. My schedule is chaotic sometimes with kids, sports and my own work travel. I was able to be super consistent since last September when all the kids left for school at the same time so I was able to get the gym a minimum of 4 – 5 days a week. I also finally figured out with the help of Tammy, Jess Bova and Tracey Weaver after a lifetime of “dieting” that it’s not really a diet, it’s a lifestyle and you have to figure out what works for you. Consistent workouts, great coaching and fueling your body properly gives you the perfect storm of hitting PR’s and reaching your goals. I was proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone and competing in the Crossfit Open 2017. My buddies from 7am class thought it would be a great idea, somehow they talked me into it! I did the first Open in 2013 when I think there were less than 10 of us and swore I would never do it again!
What is your favorite movement/Lift? Least favorite?
I like push press, thrusters and pull – ups. I am not a fan of the squat snatch, but I do whatever Alex says and I am finally getting it after 5 years. HSPU is one of those movements that is not my thing and never will be, and I’m ok with that!
What impact has CrossFit had on you in and out of the gym?
My overall health is excellent and I am very proud of that. I am strong and I know I can accomplish anything I want to if I just try. Life is stressful, this is one hour dedicated to me and I think everyone needs that for their overall well-being.
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or thinking of giving it a try?
Why would you not try it?! Stick to it and keep coming back! You will have a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of empowerment after every workout!
If you could create a wod, what would it look like?
Murph and Angie are favorites because they are physically and mentally challenging, but when you finish them you feel amazing!
For time – Run 400, 50 pull ups, 25 Push Press, 50 push ups, 50 sit ups, 25 Thrusters, 50 squats, Run 400