March 2021--Juanita Morgali

1.Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.

I 'm a native of Colorado and I moved to St. Mary's in 1989. My husband and I have raised our 11 children here. Two of our daughters have entered religion, 2 have married and are raising families of their own, 2 teach in SSPX schools, 4 live and work locally, and we have 15 beautiful grand children. Over the last 20 years I have worked in several different capacities for St. Marys Academy & College mostly as a volunteer but also as an employee. Currently, I am responsible for organizing, scheduling and designing flowers for the Assumption Chapel Floral Dept.
I enjoy, traveling, music, beautiful art, movies, floral projects of all kinds, CrossFit, and quiet mornings with a fresh cup of coffee. (not necessarily in that order...)

2. When do you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue
now?

I started CrossFit in Sept. 2018, I had been suffering from chronic physical pain... after watchiing my husbands health and mobility improve dramatically in a short time, and at his gentle urging. I reluctantly signed up to 'give it a try'. It didn't take long to see some significant health benefits. After one month my blood pressures were back to normal without the need for medication, and after another few of months my chronic pain began to subside. I can now get up off the ground (no small feat for someone my age), carry in my own groceries, carry and place heavy floral arrangements up on the altar at church etc... Just simply being able to the things I couldn't do before and are important to me, keeps me coming back.

3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your
first WOD?

I don't remember what the WOD was, but I do remember sitting on the floor, breathing heavily afterwards, and thinking 'Wow, that was hard'... and at the same time feeling happy that I finished.

4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?

I enjoy the challenge of doing hard things, pushing myself, and the seeing the gains that come from putting forth the hard work.

5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?

I think the proudest moment happened during the CrossFit Open, when I first cleaned & split jerked 95lbs.(PR) at the end if a very taxing WOD.


6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?

I really like dead lifts, it's a movement I did well as an adolescent. For me, this movement has a very natural feel. My least favorite is the manmaker, the complex weighted version of a burpee.

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?

Earlier, I reached a 230lb.deadlift PR, and a 185 back squat. My current goals are to recover my cardio endurance after an episode of covid, and I would like to achieve a decent pull-up. Right now on a very good day, I can do banded pull-ups, but still have a lot of work to do with my shoulder, lateral and grip strength.

8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you
might have tried in the past?

I think the difference would be how quickly gains are achieved, and the varied workouts keep it interesting. I find it enjoyable to study the mechanics, diet, recovery, & mobility etc... There's so much to be learned.

9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the
gym?

The most notable impact for me, is the return to a normal, and for the most part, life without chronic pain. (DOM's are temporary healthy pain and don't count)

10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?

I'm diabetic so I'm always trying to watch my carb intake, but with Crossfit I'm more conscientious about when and what kind of nutrients, protein, & fats I take, as well. There is a definite correlation between nutrition and workout performance, you only need to have 1 WOD after a splurge of junkfood to note the difference, and decide 'No way, I'm not doing that again.' and I've introduced a Pre-wod beet juice which helps a lot.

11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?

I'd like to share a team WOD my husband and I set up during a recent rowing challenge and call it

Mom & Dad row 10,000m
Each team member alternates 1000 m rows
until 10,000m are completed.
50 minute cap

12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedica
tion of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?

Advice... Make it part of your schedule. What you do or don't do now will affect the quality of your life later. As an older athlete, and for older athletes, my advise would be to scale weight and increase intensity until you are really comfortable adding weight, allow a little more time for recovery, & persevere, even if it means having to start at the over again and again, because of sickness, injury or when life just happens and you can't get to the box for awhile. Maintaining physical fitness is key to keeping an independent and active lifestyle.


13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?

Come & see... Join us & Enjoy!

Give it your best effort, persevere, and have a positive attitude... you will be surprised at your own growth and progress... and it will flow into many other aspects of your life.

14. Open Forum:

Just a quick Thank you to Mindy, Andy, Joe & Bridget. Your commitment to the box and it's members has done a great deal of good. Probably more than you know...

To all the coaches who dedicate their time, and effort to encourage each of us to learn and excel in the workout, to all the generous ladies who make working out enjoyable, and especially to my husband who encourages me to keep going when things get difficult. A big thank you to all! God bless!
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