What got you started with CrossFit?
Of course my brother Justin got me started with CrossFit. I was really hesitant to try it because I didn’t think it was my kind of thing. But he insisted I go to Daybreak and meet Mel and I have been in love with it ever since.
Tell us a little bit about your first class. What was your first WOD?
I honestly don’t really remember much because I was so petrified but I think it was 13.4 Open. I do know that it was my first time ever working out with a barbell and saying to myself “what the hell did I just get myself into!!” But everyone was so welcoming and I even met my one of my best friends and partner-in-crime Melissa! So I couldn’t ask for a better first class.
What is your favorite and least favorite CrossFit movement or workout?
My favorite movements are back squats, the bear complex, and wall balls which I hated until training for a competition I did last winter. My least favorite movement has to be kettlebell swings. They are the death of me!
What is your proudest CrossFit accomplishment in the box?
Deadlifting 275lb is definitely my proudest accomplishment! I remember we were trying to get our 1 rep max deadlift and I went up to Jacks bar and just did it!
What has been the impact of CrossFit on your life outside the box?
Confidence for sure! I must say Daybreak came into my life at the right time. 2014 was a really tough year for me personally. Losing my best friend and being in a unhealthy relationship took a toll on me physically and mentally. I kept to myself and was extremely shy with low self-esteem. I remember days I would just lie in bed and think to myself “this is not who I am” and with CrossFit I felt like I was revamping the old me but an even better me. Without CrossFit I wouldn’t be this strong and confident woman that I always dreamt of being. Not only am I confident getting under a heavy barbell but I am also confident with whatever life throws at me! I honestly have to say that I have found my happiness again and I wouldn’t have found that without CrossFit, the coach’s and of course the rest of Daybreak!
Give us one fun fact about yourself. (Something not everyone knows)
I have always wanted to be a Zookeeper and work with endangered animals.
What motivates you when you hit a rough spot in a WOD?
Thinking to myself that it will be all over soon and how great I will feel after it’s all over. Also looking at the energy from everyone working out around me… knowing I’m not alone in this and they are feeling the same way I feel.
What advice would you give someone new to CrossFit or Daybreak?
“Don’t let the highs take you too high and don’t let the lows take you too low”. Remember, you will have great days and you will have bad days. Both will mold you into a better athlete as long as you stay humble during the great days, and remain positive and learn something during the bad. Do not be intimidated or discouraged by the learning curve in the beginning. It takes time to get used to the vocabulary, the movements, the setup, the break down, the fast pace at times, and being in a class full of more experienced members who seemed to be “more comfortable, stronger, better….”. Each and every one of those members has been exactly where you are and knows how you feel. We all feel that way at times still. Everyone is just happy you are there and will be cheering you on until the very end.