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March 19, 2018

 

Monday March 19th, 2018


Gymnastics Practice/Drills:
Pistols (one legged squat)

4 Rounds For Time: 
9 Power Cleans (205/145) (165/110) (95/65)
12 Alternating Pistols (Total) (Open: 8 Pistols Total) (Fit: 24 Air Squats)
50 Double Unders (Open: 20 Double Unders) (Fit: 100 Single Unders)

 

MEMBER OF THE MONTH: IRENE 

 

 

What got you in to fitness?

 

I have always been an athlete. I played soccer and ran track all through High School, and played on softball teams since I was in middle school through my Adult years. Coming from a military background, the fitness was just a natural part of my every day. It was mostly running and calisthenics until, at the age of 21, I met a female competitive weightlifter who introduced me to the sport. It quickly became my passion so anytime I had free time; you could find me in a gym. I like the way I feel – both mentally and physically – when I work out on a regular routine.

I like to push myself, and am always a little surprised whenever I surpass a benchmark. That sense of accomplishment – its pure adrenaline.

 

How do you find the time within your day to stick to a routine?

 

I make it a priority. I know that sounds simple, but some days it is the most difficult thing to do – especially as a Mom and Wife. There are days where a lot of people I care about need so much from me, and I just don’t feel like working out – but I push that aside and do it despite feeling like that – I do it for ME. More often than not, on days when I force myself to show up, those are the days I do my best work because I am feeding off the enthusiasm and energy of the rest of the class. I never regret going to the gym, but I ALWAYS regret NOT going.

 

What tips might you offer a beginner? Or someone that has been thinking about trying CrossFit but hasn’t committed yet?

 

Seriously: just try it. Get started with a boot camp – because it will take more than one 1-hour class to help you decide if you want to continue. Be kind to yourself: you are not going to come out of the gate with perfect form, and depending on your fitness level when you start, you can quickly talk yourself out of it or underestimate your capacity for this sport. Take advantage of the extra training opportunities available – the nutrition challenges and the weight lifting classes. Shake some hands – introduce yourself – do not be afraid to put yourself out there. Everyone started somewhere – and you never know whom you will inspire just by showing up and

honestly doing the very best you can every day. You owe it to YOURSELF to commit to your health. Relax and have fun! Do not take yourself too seriously.

 

What is your current routine? If you have one.

 

Daily routine? Up and at ‘em by 4:00 am most days (Mon-Fri) to be at the gym by 5:00 am. At my desk at work by 7:30, off work by 5:00, home and dinner by 7:00 – walk the dogs, get ready for the next day, kids/husband time depending on what’s going on and usually in bed by 8:30 or 9:00 most nights. Weekends it’s a free-for-all: whatever needs my attention most is what I try to take care of. Some weekends I let myself ignore the never-ending list of things to do and just hang out.

 

In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of exercise and why did you choose CrossFit over another method?

 

By far, for me, the biggest benefit of exercise is psychological. There is something therapeutic about taking your pain, your anguish, your worries- the stress of whatever you are dealing with - and pushing it all out of your mind through physical activity. When my Mom died this past fall, I was inconsolable- I was in a dangerously depressed state and, to some extent, I still am. I was her ‘person’, having cared for her for the last 25 years. I am that person that has to DO SOMETHING – talking will only take me so far. I came back to class a week after she passed, because I needed to physically push the grief out of my body. Crossfit has been my mechanism to deal with the grief.

 

I plan to be around for a very long time. I am having fun, living my life, and there is still so much more I want to see and do. I have adult children whom I hope someday will become parents – and I want to run and play with my grandchildren. My oldest daughter has developmental and physical disabilities, so there is the need to be there for her – mentally and physically – for as long as possible. I want to do all this as an active, healthy person. I am proud of my age, but I am especially proud I can do a lot of physical stuff many people younger than I cannot.

 

I chose CrossFit because I like the feeling of having my ass kicked (lol)…but really: I was introduced to it while serving in the military – around 2005. I enjoyed it instantly because it has a little bit of everything – stamina, strength, coordination, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, accuracy, endurance – and because it fit my personality: loud and in your face. Any other fitness routines I’ve tried have never been that complete, so I felt like I had to do multiple workouts to get the same benefit. They also got boring real fast. Once I retired, I just sat behind the desk – tried to run some 5ks and half-marathons – but never really enjoyed it. A friend of mine brought me to CrossFit Unrivaled when they were in the ‘old gym’. Jackie ran the class that day, and she was so supportive and inviting – but I just wasn’t ready. Six years and 55lbs later, I knew I had to do something, so I immediately looked up CrossFit Unrivaled and jumped on the introductory class they were holding. Fourteen months later, I am still here and having a ball.

 

What kind of results have you seen ?

 

I’ve noticed I get sick less. While I still struggle with the weight because I LOVE TO EAT and my nutrition is crap, I feel like I have more energy and have more mental stamina. I am more at ease, and my husband says I laugh more. I think it’s because of the positive vibes from the gym and the endorphins from the workouts. Most of my change has come from a psychological perspective: confidence, determination, not giving up. I’ve achieved more in class than I ever dreamed I could, and I can’t wait to see what I do next.

 

How has being a member of CrossFit Unrivaled helped you on your fitness journey?

 

CrossFit Unrivaled has to be the most down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is place I have ever been besides my time in uniform. I have learned to have more faith and confidence in myself – not only in the gym, but also in my daily life. I have learned SO MUCH about fitness and nutrition – and I have taken some of that back to my family – so while they are not in the gym with me, they have stepped up their game for their own physical fitness and diets. While I have not met many of my goals with regard to weight, I know I will get there – getting healthier and stronger along the way, and having fun doing it.

 

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