April Athlete of the Month
I am a…
a wife, dog mom, athlete, and cake lover.
puppies and cake! But seriously, I really love cake. I workout so I can eat cake and have the strength and energy to pet all the puppies in the world.
deadlifts. Deadlifts are the devil’s gift to this earth. I know, I know, a movement where you just pick something up and put it down should be easy but it’s not, it’s horrid!
CAKE! Like I already said, I love cake, especially marble cake with buttercream frosting. I eat rather healthy otherwise. I loosely follow the RP diet by using the measurements to plan my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. That means that I eat a lot of veggies and protein.
I will be…
the quiet one in class who just loves to work out. You’ll probably either find me hanging out with any dog that may be around or rolling out my super tight IT bands. Come say hi, I like to meet new people. I’m just an extreme extroverted introvert.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…
Three things I love the most are puppies, cake, and cardio. I love my dog, Ina, more than anything in the world. Cake with lots of icing is the absolute best. (I recommend Ele Bakery and Costco cake.) I also love cardio. I was a swimmer my entire life, through college, which has taught me how to suck it up and keep moving on those long workouts.
What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in
I started CrossFit while in law school. I did a two-week Groupon trial with a friend at CrossFit Harbor East and was hooked. I realized after that two-week trial that I needed it as a stress reliever from school. It was also the first time since finishing my swimming career that I felt like I was in just as good of shape and had the community support that my team provided me in college.
I joined CCF because my husband and I were looking for a gym to drop in at during my first week in Ohio. We were close to Cincy picking up my car and were looking for somewhere to stop on the way home. He remembered Centerville CrossFit from watching the Regionals Team a few years back. We gave CCF a call and dropped into the 5:30pm class on a Friday night. I was determined that I couldn’t join CCF because I lived in Xenia and it was just entirely too far to drive every day, but after dropping in a few other gyms, nothing compared, and I had to go back. A week after that first drop in, I signed up as a member.
What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
My only goal this past year was to alter my approach to CrossFit and make it more fun and relaxing. I wanted a smooth, relaxed, transition in my move from Hawaii. I have definitely accomplished this with the help of friends I’ve made at the gym. Now that I feel like I’ve accomplished that I want to get back to focusing on my weaknesses and learning new tricks. I would like to get back to working on getting a ring muscle up, handstand walks, and improving my snatches. I would also like to avoid deadlifts more often. ☺
What is your favorite movement?
I love wallballs. No idea why. I’m not fast at them but I can do them forever. My max set is 137. I have a goal to someday do Karen ubroken.
What is your least favorite movement?
Deadlifts! I loathe them with all my soul!
What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney
Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking
Just join! It is totally worth trying it out and it does get better. You will never not be sore, but you will get used to it. You will be amazed at what your body can do in just a few short weeks.
Also, no one cares how much you scale or if you’re the last one completing the workout. We’re all just proud of you for showing up and working on becoming a better you.
What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?
I love the people, the coaching, and the opportunity to work on additional exercises after class. I felt like a part of the crew right from the beginning. Not only did I meet a fellow FIU swimmer, but I fell into a great group of friends with similar abilities to work out and hang out with. CCF made my move from HI to OH the best transition one could ask for.