Throwback to 2012!!!
1. How long have you been at The Point?
5 years in May
2. What do you do for a living?
I'm a stay at home mom to 5 amazing kids who take up most of my time, and in some of my spare time I get a few hours in of coaching - mostly at noon. :)
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
I played basketball since I was a kid and I also did track and field (sprints and long jump). I played basketball 4 years in college and kept playing in Rec leagues after that. After college I did personal training for a couple years; I loved weights and circuit training - for myself and clients. Once I had kids I tried to workout at home more doing my own stuff or programs like p90x. Once I found CrossFit, I fell in love from the first day and I've done it since.
4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
This is a tough one - I look at where I was when I started and where I am today and I'm proud of a lot of things. But I would have to say my most favorite accomplishment was doing CrossFit through 2 pregnancies and coming back afterward. What your body goes through physically and mentally during and after pregnancy is really hard, to say the least, but I'm proud that I was able to stay healthy and strong during and after.
5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
First, I would say focus on your form! Getting an Rx next to your name is awesome, and something you should strive for - but don't sacrifice form in order to get an Rx. You are building a foundation and habits for years to come, and it's so important to learn it right the first time. Listen to your coaches and scale where necessary. Second, work your weaknesses, but don't get overwhelmed. I remember being so frustrated with all the movements I couldn't do and it was so overwhelming thinking of everything I wanted to improve on (I still feel that way sometimes). My advice would be to pick one or two things to focus on, and work on those for 2-3 weeks at a time. And don't be afraid to ask questions! All the trainers are more than happy to give advice and help you with movements.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
HSPU and Double Unders - both of which I used to HATE! :)
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
After I had my 4th baby I came back and felt like I was totally starting over. I had been coming for a few weeks and didn't feel like I was improving. I was really down on myself and just struggling - physically and mentally. I came in one day and we were doing the Hero WOD Whitten, which involves 5 rounds of heavy KB swings, box jumps, running, burpees and wall balls. I had just finished my 4th round and everyone else in the class had finished. I was absolutely exhausted and I've never wanted to quit something so bad in my life. The reason this is my favorite WOD isn't because I actually love these movements, or that I got a fast time (I was probably the slowest of the day) - I love this WOD because I'm so proud of the fact that I stuck with it and finished it. I was able to dig deep and tell myself over and over that I could finish. And yes, I was even crying the whole last round. This experience sometimes gets me through things I'm not sure I can do - whether it's a WOD or other problem I'm facing. Don't ever underestimate the power of positive thinking!
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
1 - Stay on track with my nutrition and stay free from injuries.
2 - Work on my Olympic lifts - improving form and maxes.
3 - Become more proficient at gymnastics movements - especially muscle ups and strict movements.
9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
I actually knew nothing about CrossFit til I walked through the door. But one thing that has definitely changed is how I view my body. I used to care so much about how I looked. I wanted to be petite and toned and I didn't want to get "bulky." Over the years I have learned that strong really is beautiful! I'm not worried about my arms getting too big, or the fact that my legs can't fit into a lot of jeans. It doesn't bother me that I've gotten rid of some shirts and dresses that were way too tight for my lats. I am so happy and confident now knowing I am healthy, strong and my body is able to do amazing things!
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
I started CrossFit thinking I was in somewhat "good shape" LOL! The first day had me thinking "what just happened to me?" I was constantly sore the first couple months, but little by little I was able to improve and I kept coming back because I loved the challenge. I got my level 1 certification a few months after I started, and I love coaching and helping athletes obtain their goals. Fast forward 5 years, I'm still here doing what I love. I've never felt healthier and stronger than I do now. I'm so grateful I found CrossFit - I've met some of the most amazing people and I love the time I spend at the gym and learning from all of you!
Thank you Krishelle!