1. Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.
My husband Tom and I were both born and raised in Wisconsin. We moved here in 2009 and have nine children, six boys and three girls. We blinked and now have four grandchildren as well. I have an Associates Degree in dental hygiene and Tom is the owner of Peeters Plumbing. I enjoy reading, all kinds of art and spending time with my kids and grandkids, oh and Tom.
2. When did you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?
I actually started in 2016 after some encouragement from Doc. I completed on-ramp and three months of classes then quit, convinced I could do it on my own… and started again in January 2021 with some not so gentle nudging from Patty Hansen. (Thanks Patty!) I am determined to stay on this time. I know what happened from 2016 to 2021. Nothing!
3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
I don’t remember my first actual WOD but I remember thinking I wasn’t going to make it back to my car after the first day of on-ramp on my gelatinous goo for legs.
4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
Being with all the CrossFit ladies and the boost in confidence it’s given me.
5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
Coming back! It can be intimidating when you initially start. After I quit I thought I was relieved. CrossFit is not easy. I realized very quickly all that I had lost (i.e.- strength, mobility, overall well-being).
6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?
I like the dead lift. It reminds me of when my kids were little in full melt down, dead weight mode trying to lift them. Now my kids have kids (Teeheehee). The bar is much more cooperative.
Least favorite- anything with a squat. But as my squat improves, my loathing lessens.
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?
My squat was horrible. I was seriously out of shape. With squats being the fulcrum of so many moves, it made much of CrossFit challenging. My squat (so Mindy says) has improved greatly.
My current goal is to be able to do a REAL push-up. It’s getting there.
8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?
CrossFit is versatile- cardio, mobility, strength, and circuit. I appreciate getting it all. And truth be told, the 8:30 am is magic. That was always my scapegoat. The time was never good for me to work out. Kudos to you 5:50 am men (Crazies!).
9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym?
My confidence and overall health. When I initially started I apologized A LOT for everything and nothing. Doc instituted the Shannell Sorry-O-Meter. Every time I apologized everyone else had to do a burpee. It made me VERY aware and helped fix a bad habit. (Had to put that in there Doc, sorry! That’s one burpee)
10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?
It has definitely made me more aware of what I eat. It’s pretty counter productive to work that hard and blow it with a poor food decision.
11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?
We did a kind of synchronized team WOD a while back. It was fun. Maybe something like:
20 wall balls, 20 burpees, 20 lunges, 20 sit-ups, 200 cal row x 2 synchronized with a partner. If Patrick gets a hold of this though, it will be x 5 or 6, I’m sure. (Just no air squats, please!)
12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?
I feel like I went from 20 to 40 (maybe a little more than 40, wink wink) overnight. I wish I would have stuck it out from 2016 to 2021. It is much harder getting the strength/muscle tone back now. Start young and stay with it.
13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?
Patty Hansen said it in one of our initial classes – Sign up, shut up, show up.
CrossFit is hard work but definitely worth the payoff. It’s a new year.