1.TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: I grew up in the Evans City area and went to Seneca Valley. After graduating I worked for a semester saving up for a church mission. I was in Colorado for a little over 2 years as a missionary. From there I moved to Utah where I lived with friends and did a year of school. After that I moved back to Pennsylvania where I am studying Environmental Science at slippery rock university. I love nature and the outdoors and spend a lot of my time taking photos of landscapes and nature in general. In the mornings usually 4am I work part time at Fedex Tuesday through Saturday. Some evenings and on weekends I work with individuals with autism. Since last December I’ve lost 85 pounds. The majority of that was since this March when I started to diet and exercise pretty consistently.
2. WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO TPA? I was first introduced to crossfit when my roommate in Utah did it. He went all the time and I remember watching him in the open and he always invited me to try it with him and I never did! While I was living with him I remember my mom telling me she started crossfit and loved it. Soon after her my sister joined. Then I moved back to PA a year later and after a few months my mom convinced me to give it a shot.
3. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING CROSSFIT? It’s been about 4 months.
4. WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS AFTER YOUR 1st WOD AT TPA? It was Isabel and it was crazy. I remember I was dead ha. I was so drained and I did such a light weight and it killed me. But I loved it. It was such a feeling of accomplishment and it was something I wanted to feel all the time.
5. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT CROSSFIT? I enjoy a lot about crossfit. One thing that makes the biggest difference is the community. I love everything from the Olympic lifts, to the cardio and more but it’s something about the community that makes such a difference. Everyone is humble and nobody is too good to talk to me or anyone. Everyone’s at a different level of skill and everyone is working on something. Everyone is there to better themselves. I love too how I comfortable I am asking anyone a question. Also I feel I’m held accountable. It’s much easier to push myself around others who have similar goals than if I were to be alone unsure of what I’m trying to achieve.
6. WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT TO DATE? My proudest memory to date is hard to choose. One that stands out is I couldn’t do a pull up when I started. I didn’t try to do them often but I always scaled. I had been attending 5 days a week and the 3 day Accessory program as well. Then just a couple weeks ago we had a workout that was 3 rounds for time with 15 pull-ups and some other movements. I had never tried the kipping pull up but wanted to do it rx. So I tried it and I was able to do all 3 rounds rx and all of the pull-ups! I was pretty pumped!
7. WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST CROSSFIT MOMENT TO DATE? I would say my favorite lift is definitely the snatch. I just love it. Something about moving a lot of weight in a short time yet still being graceful and smooth feels awesome. Least favorite is definitely the thruster.
8. WHAT IMPACT HAS CROSSFIT HAD ON YOU IN AND OUT OF THE GYM? Crossfit has had an amazing impact on my life in so many ways. The first being it’s helped humble me! It’s not easy to do something you know you’re not good at with people who are much better than you. But by doing those things you grow so much. It’s also helped me to have confidence in myself and shown me I can achieve hard things. It has been such a great mental cleanse. I have had countless bad days at work and it’s easy to let that set the tone of my day. But on those bad days from work I will go to the 9am class and after class I get in my car my mood has changed 100% and my day is great. Without fail it always puts me in a better mood!
9. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW TO CROSSFIT OR THINKING OF GIVING IT A TRY? I would just suggest to them to make it a goal to always come. Even if you’re sore or it’s something you’re not good at to just go. It will get better. For anyone considering I would suggest that they give it a shot. They have nothing to lose but so much to gain!
10. IF YOU COULD CREATE A WOD, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE? If I created a wod it would probably have to include some of my favorite movements. I think maybe something like
3 rounds for time of a
15 Assault bike calories
25 m sled push with 3/2 plates