Q. How long have you been training in CrossFit and did you exercise prior to joining JSACF?
A. I have been training for about 5 years, but, I became more serious during this past year. I made a commitment to get to class at least 4 times per week, and have gotten back into running the boardwalk once during the week as well. I did belong to a gym prior to JSA, but I had no idea how to use the weights so I just stuck to the cardio equipment. I also trained at World Karate, (Joe Gregory's school) where I have earned my first and second degree black belt.
Q. What changes have you made to make your life healthier since starting CrossFit?
A. Last year I wasn't feeling so well. I thought I ate pretty well and worked out all of the time, so why was I still not losing weight? I went to my doctor and had blood work done. Turns out, my thyroid was not working. Then my doctor (also my friend) sat down with me and asked about my eating habits. I was eating way too many carbs, and my portions were out of control! My sugar was higher than it should have been and my cholesterol was high. She suggested the Keto diet. High fat and low carbs. It was definitely a challenge, but a year and a half later I'm down 30 pounds (and still losing) and all of my levels are where they should be! Moral of the story: You only get one body and one shot at life. Make the changes you need to make. Don't procrastinate, do it now!
Q. Since you have been at JSACF, we have witnessed your growth as an athlete. Brag a little.
A. My son, Robbie, who also belongs to JSA, bought me one of the log books at the front desk to keep track of all of our workouts and also my personal records. I am getting stronger every day and have hit a few personal goals this year that I am very proud of.
Q. If you could listen to one song on repeat in the gym, what would it be?
A. Song choice is dependent on what we are doing. I don't have a particular song that I like to listen too. Anything loud and up beat keeps me motivated.
Q. What is a goal you have set for yourself in the next 6 months? The next year?
A. I had set 3 goals to achieve in 2017. Climb the rope, double-unders, and pull-ups. I have climbed the rope twice, and I can do some double-unders, but haven't done an unassisted pull-up yet. That is what I will be working on next.
Q. If there was a WOD named after you, what would it consist of?
A. Honestly, there isn't anything I haven't liked in the workouts. My favorite things are the cardio modalities because I usually don’t have to scale them. Running, box jumps, kettlebell swings and back squats!
Q. Do you have any favorite moments in the gym that you’d like to tell us about?
A. I love the people; no one is judgmental; only encouraging. I can ask any question even multiple times when I don't understand. I have laughed with the 9 am class to the point of tears! It's just fun! Nancy Balunis and I have picked our spot on the floor that we are going to die in! And we made a pact that if either of us are not in that spot when we are dying, we will drag the other to that spot! Let's face it...how many of us would do something for exercise that wasn't fun?
Q. What advice would you give to a new person starting CrossFit?
A. Stay with it. Every day is different. Sometimes I do awesome and other days I suck! Frustration levels can be high on some days and PR's run rapid on others. There is always something that you can do; even if you can't do the work out the way it's written, you can tailor the WOD to suit you! You work in a group but you always work on yourself. For me, CrossFit is a lifestyle that I can't live without!
Q. Please share a quote that strikes you as important in your life.
A. “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.”