1. Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.
I’m a Michigander who came to Saint Marys by way of Phoenix and Cincinnati. I will be married to Michael 20 loong years this August, and I’m mother to 7 boys and 4 girls, ranging in age from 5 months to 18 years. During my infrequent downtime, I love to go for long walks or hide with a cup of tea and a good book.
2. When do you start Cross Fitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?
I started CrossFit in late September 2015. After many years trying various exercise plans, I needed a more varied and challenging workout. I continue now because it would be difficult to settle for anything less at this point.
3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
My first WOD was 44 Magnum with Thrusters and Barbell burpees and KB swings. I remember wondering if I was really CF material after this WOD. It was much different from the “bootcamp” WODs, much more… challenging. The “honeymoon” was definitely over at that point!
4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
The absence of negativity. Every coach and athlete are so uplifting, pushing you to go farther when you think you can’t possibly. I leave every workout proud that I’ve accomplished something that, not too long ago, I wouldn’t have even considered trying.
5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment? ;
There really isn’t one specific moment, but being able to stick with the program until just a couple weeks before my eleventh child was born. I was doing a whole lot of scaling by then, but even so, the body is really amazingly strong during pregnancy.
6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?
My favorite movement is definitely the push-jerk. The first time I tried it, it felt so cool. Like a “real” weight-lifter! My least favorites are burpees, running, and wall balls.
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?
The most challenging CF goal I’ve achieved is getting over my pride and my constant comparing myself to other athletes on the leader board. It seems like it took forever to get over it and just to come and work out, competing against myself. My current goal is to build core muscles to be able to do a T2B and a GHD sit up. I’m not close, but seeing other athletes do them has certainly motivated me
8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?
It’s way more challenging and hurts a lot more as well. It hurts in a good way, though.
9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym?
CrossFit gives me a mental toughness that certainly makes other things easier, and it makes me a happier person and more fun to be around. Just ask my husband and kids!
10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?
I’ve actually been trying to be good about my diet for a while, but now I make sure to get more protein in my diet and do more mindful eating, especially on WOD days.
11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?
“The (Kettle) Bells of Saint Marys”: Farmer-carry two kettle bells up and down Main Street, stopping at a various “stations” (businesses) to perform assigned kettle bell movements (swings, goblet squats, snatches, etc.). The shopkeeper “validates” your score (time / reps) and then you move down the block to the next station. (Michael says it’s like a “pub crawl” but with kettle bells!)
12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?
It is so much easier to fulfill your state in life when you take care of yourself. And if you think you don’t have time for CrossFit, think again. You need to make time to exercise outside the home (because you’re not wrong; there likely isn’t time to exercise amidst all the responsibilities and distractions at home).
13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?
CrossFit has so many benefits you don’t expect. Keep coming back and don’t worry about it looking too hard. You’re stronger than you think.
14. Open Forum:
If your spouse is not a part of CrossFit, do anything you can to get them there. It really works synergistically. There are days where one of us doesn’t want to go, and the other encourages and pushes them out the door. It so great to have a supportive partner. And it’s fun to see the kids show an interest when Mom and Dad are talking about CrossFit together. And it’s great to see my name above his in the results from time to time!