First Name & Last Initial
29 (at the time of this survey!)
College and Career Specialist
When did you first start CrossFitting?
Anything with body weight movements such as push ups, pullups, handstand pushups, etc. I also like light weight power snatches!
Least Favorite WOD
Anything with thrusters, and more recently, the assault bike!
Tell us about your sports & fitness background?
Before discovering crossfit, I had always worked out in the typical gym atmosphere; running on the treadmill until I got bored, wandering over to the stair climber, then lifting some weights, then going home. There was never any consistent structure or programming to my workouts.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel?
I was tired of the same gym routine and ready to try something new. My friend Laura and I tried out BayWay for the first time together. My first weightlifting experience was the clean and jerk! I had never done that type of weightlifting before, only the typical gym machines and dumbbells. I am VERY uncoordinated but Coach Asa was really patient with me. I remember him helping me while Coach Richard instructed the class and then moving us to the back of the room so he could teach us one on one. No one ever got frustrated with us. All of the coaches were very encouraging!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after)
I wish I would have taken Coach Richard’s advice when he said to take a picture of myself the day I signed up! I didn’t because, honestly, I didn’t think I would stick with it long enough to see any significant changes. 2 years later, I look back at older BayWay pictures and videos that I am in and can definitely tell a difference in how lean I have become. Everyone compliments me on my back now (and my traps!) so I guess that is the biggest difference!
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I have always enjoyed working out but Crossfit has become a natural stress reliever for me that I make time for. No matter how stressful my day is or how much I have going on, for the one hour that I am at BayWay I completely forget about everything.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit/BayWay CrossFit moments?
Everyone is like family! We joke with one another but also encourage each other. Although I may not hang out with everyone outside of the gym, I truly feel like I have a genuine friend in each member of BayWay Crossfit.
Any advice for people just getting started?
If you are hesitant to try out crossfit, remember that we have all been in your shoes! We were all beginners at one point or another. Don’t let the insecurities of not being the best, not knowing the movements, or not being in shape hold you back from achieving your health and fitness goals. One of my favorite quotes is “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” Come, try it out and then stay consistent. I began BayWay only coming two days a week and maybe a Saturday workout here and there. Before I knew it, I was an unlimited member working out 6 days a week! You won’t know what BayWay Crossfit can do for you unless you try it out.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Outside of BayWay Crossfit, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my 2 dogs. Additionally, I am working on my Master’s degree so that keeps me pretty busy!