Give us a little background about yourself.
I was born and raised in Chesterfield County and went to St. Gertrude High School. I moved away for college, grad school, and a few jobs, but came back to the area about three years ago. I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling and currently work for Hanover County as a crisis clinician. As far as activities go, sports have played a huge role in my life. I played softball and basketball through middle and high school, which included school teams, little leagues, and tournament teams; during some seasons, I was playing on 2-3 teams at the same time. I picked up field hockey as a freshman in high school and continued to play for four years at Bridgewater College, a Division III school near Harrisonburg, VA.
How did you hear about West End CrossFit?
I remember driving past WECF about a year and a half ago and seeing people running in the parking lot. I then started researching crossfit and watched videos online, but was hesitant to actually leave the regular gym for something new. In May of 2013, the thought of going into the gym and doing a bicep curl or getting on an elliptical started to become extremely painful, so I decided to call WECF and do the free introductory session. I’ve been here ever since.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling in my life with my family and through some school programs. I’ve been to 5 of the 7 continents, including spending some vacations in Australia, Tanzania, and the Galapagos Islands.
What music can we find currently playing in your car?
You’ll probably hear the modern or 90’s alternative satellite radio stations playing.
What current things are you working towards in your health, training, career and/or personal life?
Career wise, I am a few months away from obtaining my professional counseling license, which I have been working on for four years. It’s been a long, tiring road, but it will open up a lot of doors for me professionally. In terms of my training, I struggle most with body weight movements, so I’ve been trying to put more time into push ups and pull ups. I was just able to do one strict pull-up, so I’m hoping to be able to do 2-3 at a time by my one year crossfit anniversary!
Tell us about your most memorable WOD at WECF.
When I started on-ramp, my shoulder mobility was the most pathetic thing that has ever been witnessed in the history of the world. My overhead squat consisted of me only being able to squat about 2-3 inches, and that was just with a PVC pipe. It was hard for me to visualize being able to do a full OHS with any weight. I started to work really hard on mobilizing my upper body, even if that meant showing up to class 20 minutes early every training day. After a few months I could get into a full OHS with light weight, maybe 25 pounds at the most. At the Superfit team competition in February, the second workout consisted of OHS for reps. The RX weight was 65 pounds, which I had only done about 3-4 times in the month leading up to the competition. Following the workout, I was thrilled because I was able to do full OHS for about 10-11 reps at the most. They weren’t the prettiest and didn’t feel the most comfortable, but it shows how much a little extra time and a lacrosse ball can do.
What would you tell someone who is interested in training with WECF?
All the coaches work really hard to focus on each member’s individual needs to help them have the best training possible, no matter what their strengths or weaknesses are. I don’t think I’ve pushed myself as hard physically or mentally as I have in the past several months since I was training for field hockey in college. Not only do I work hard for myself, but the coaches and other members push me to do my best during every workout with their cheers and encouragement. The atmosphere it very close to what it was like for me playing sports… and even though most of the workouts are individual, it still feels like a team effort.