1.Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.
I am the oldest of a family of 5 children. My wonderful parents moved our family to St. Marys when I was 5 years old. I attended the Academy for all of my school career, and graduated from St. Mary’s College in 2018.. I now teach 7th and 8th Grade Girls at the Academy, and absolutely love it! I am very, very fond of singing (and singing loudly, as my family could tell you), and I love to read, and to spend time with my family and friends.
2. When do you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?
I started CrossFitting in the fall of 2016. My parents had already been doing CrossFit for a while, so I had definitely heard about it. I wanted to be in shape, but I realized that, unless I had a set program to stick to, fitness would very probably get pushed to the back burner. So I started CrossFit, and I was instantly hooked! I continue now because of the physical benefits, the challenges presented by the program, and the camaraderie and true friendship to be found at the Box.
3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
I think that my first real WOD after On-Ramp was Randy...I don’t remember my exact thoughts, but I know that I often asked myself during those first few weeks: “Will I always be this sore???”
4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
I really enjoy being able to challenge myself every time I come to the Box, along with the spirit of healthy competition, and the very special bond with the other members of CFB.
5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
My proudest CrossFit moment is capping out on 20.4 with only 5 reps left (those darn 135lb jerks!!).
6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?
My favorite movement is any form of the clean. My least favorite is the overhead squat.
7. Have you had one or two challenging CrossFit goals that you've achieved recently? What are your current goals and how close are you to reaching them?
I have recently been able to do pull-ups in a WOD (in small numbers) and reached a 5RM Push Press that is equivalent to my 1RM Push Jerk when I first started! I am currently shooting for handstand push-ups and toes-to-bar...I am not as close to reaching them as I want to be, but that is what New Year’s resolutions are for! :)
8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?
The only other fitness experience I really had before CrossFit was PE class in school...but I think what makes CrossFit different is the fact that even though it is difficult (sometimes very much so!!) there is something about it which has you coming back for more (if you do CrossFit you know what I’m talking about…if not, maybe you should try it so that you can be in on the secret!).
9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym?
CrossFit has had a considerable impact on my life, both in and out of the gym. In the gym, I find myself pushing to do things that I never would have thought myself capable of 4 years ago. I have also made so many good friends at the Box. Outside the gym, I have found that I am more confident and able to push through the challenges that come my way. I have also gained a little reputation in the Girl’s Dorm for my muscle power, so sometimes I have to help people lift things ;)
10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?
Since starting CrossFit, I have definitely become more aware of what I am putting in my body. I try to follow the Zone Diet as much as possible, and have tried to cut out junk food (although I will admit to a weekly cheat day...or sometimes two!).
11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?
“Up and Down the Ladder”
Power Cleans (light-ish)
And then back down again..
12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?
I am going to get a bit philosophical with this one. Man is a creature composed of body and soul, and is meant to serve God using both these elements of his nature. Just like you need to keep your soul “healthy”, so it is important to take care of your body. The healthier, the more fit you are, the better you can serve God, whether you are a mother caring for little ones, or a father out in the world supporting a family. One of the facets of CrossFit is “functional movement”, meaning that the movements you develop in the program are those you will use in everyday life, and it is in everyday life that you serve the One who made you.
13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?
No matter how sore you are those first few weeks, don’t let that stop you...because the soreness will never completely go away!! See every WOD a means to strengthen both your body and your will, and take advantage of the wonderful spirit of camaraderie found at the gym. If you really invest in it, it is not something you are going to regret.
14. Open Forum:
I would like to thank my parents for getting me to start CrossFit, and for supporting me as I continue on my “fitness journey”. A HUGE thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Carroll for bringing this wonderful program to St. Marys and to Andy McDonald and Joe Thomas for keeping it going. Thank you to all of the Box members for the continual friendship and support...I am always so proud to tell anyone that I am a member of CrossFit Benedictus!