Give us a little background about yourself.
I am 21 years old, I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and I moved down to Richmond in October of 2013. I started “drinking the Kool-Aid” in January 2014 and have been able to, in 9 months, lose 84 pounds. I have a Vizsla named Kato. We love to go hiking, camping, running, biking and swimming. He keeps me SUPER active.
How did you hear about West End CrossFit?
My Aunt! She happened to be down from Northern Virginia just after Christmas and said I may like CrossFit. The closest box was WECF and we headed in on a Sunday morning to see Kara and the mobility crew happy to meet us.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have been overweight my entire life. After a while it really started to affect my self-esteem. When I got to high school, I began to make pretty bad decisions. I started to hang around some really bad people. Before long, these “friends” had put me in bad situations and have even gotten me in trouble. I soon realized what I needed to do and set out on a path to make a change.
What music can we find currently playing in your car?
Oh, I’m a Rock and Roll kind of chick. I LOVE classic rock like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Tom Petty etc. I can appreciate all types of music so you may catch me at times listening to pop, hip-hop, dub step, even country.
What current things are you working towards in your health, training, career and/or personal life?
Right now, I am focusing on losing as much weight as I can. I have lost a lot but I still have a long way to go. I am on a very strict Paleo diet. My cardio has improved tremendously but it aggravates me that I still cannot run a mile (although I am getting close!!). I love Olympic lifting as I am naturally strong; so I am always striving to improve my form and increase the weight on the bar. I just started back up with school for Exercise Science. My goal is to open a CrossFit box of my own.
Tell us about your most memorable WOD at WECF.
The most memorable WOD would have to be “Christine.” I was able to RX her. Still being so heavy, the body weight deadlifts were certainly a challenge. I had just hit a PR on my box jumps earlier that week so I wanted to do all 63 box jumps, which I was able to do. It took me forever (just under 30 minutes) but I did it. I was the last one to finish but everyone in the box was watching and cheering me on. It was amazing!
What would you tell someone who is interested in training with WECF?
I would tell them not to wait. Get in there and drink the Kool-Aid. You WILL see results, you WILL have fun, you WILL make amazing friends, this WILL change your life. WECF is the most powerful, motivating, supportive, energetic community I have ever been a part of. You would be foolish not to try it.