1.Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.
I moved to Kansas at the start of high school. I earned my degree in education with an endorsement in special ed which I used to teach at my Alma Mater for 3 years. Nathaniel and I married during that time, and after learning we were expecting our second, I retired to the beautiful chaos of stay-at-home wife and mother. We now have 9 children ages 2 through 12. Good thing our children have excellent appetites because I love baking and cooking. In my “spare time,” I enjoy crocheting, sewing, and crafting along with family walks, bike rides, and games.
2. When do you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?
My sister Sarah had been attending CrossFit on and off for years, and by 2021 I was intrigued enough to want to join. I needed a consistent program to keep me accountable. I no longer had the time or energy to do exercise by myself at home. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a ladies’ onramp being offered. I, however, was not to be dissuaded from my intentions and so sent my very uninterested husband to a No Sweat Intro. He signed the papers that night for the men’s February onramp. I was overjoyed! I knew if he entered the Box I would soon follow. I joined in April of 2021 and have been loving it ever since.
3. Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
My first WOD was Squat Conditioning and Give & Take. I remember being so nervous before that first class especially since Doc was the coach, but really, I had nothing to fear. Looking back, I know I did not push myself.
4. What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
I enjoy being with the other ladies, the coaches, all the laughs, our combined prayers & sacrifices, and our successes. Mindy also likes to wake up the brain with Mindy’s Monday Morning Motivational Mantra and Friday’s Fun Fact. We have had some good discussions from this.
I think the best part of CrossFit is scaling, keeping an open mind as to how you can complete a WOD. Coaches do not kick you out or force you, and others do not talk behind your back if you need to modify. Everyone knows there are strong days and not-so-strong days. It is much better to stay within your limits because you are the only one who knows how you feel.
5. What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
There are many proud moments in CrossFit--watching my husband complete a WOD at Rx, running with him on the last mile of Murph (and keeping up), biking 800m in 1:34…but my proudest moment was achieving 20-inch box jumps. I couldn’t jump when I first started CrossFit because it hurt my back. My back is stronger now and there are coaches who believe you can accomplish more than you think you can (Thanks, Amy!).
6. What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?
As the first AOTM since acquiring the REB/assault bikes, I feel it necessary to say they are murderous, but I think I like it better than rowing. However, I do not appreciate using the REB in almost every WOD!
I like snatches, both dumbbell and barbell, because something clicks for me when I do them.
Burpees will forever be on the dislike list.
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?
When I first started CrossFit, the wallballs made me so dizzy that I had to stop every 3 wallballs to prevent it. I can now accomplish at least 10 in a row with a 12lb wallball.
Currently, I would love to figure out toes-to-bar and to be strong enough to do pull-ups. The timing/kipping is coming with the T2B, but I haven’t been brave enough to extend my legs upward. As for pull-ups, my negatives are slower and stronger but it’s going to be awhile.
8. What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?
CrossFit is more intense and varied than the programs I have done in the past either at home or in a class. I am motivated to keep going in class because there are others still working. There is such a camaraderie among us that you want to go class.
9. What impact has CrossFit Benedictus had on your life, in and out of the gym?
I am stronger and more resilient than before CrossFit. The weights are going up in the workouts, and movements are becoming second nature. When out shopping, I can carry both my 2- and 3-year-olds to the van without feeling weak or that my arms are going to fall off. Unloading groceries isn’t as tiring.
10. Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?
Currently, I am eating to balance my hormones and to support my liver with food and herbs. Nathaniel and I are trying to eat gluten free and we maintain mineral levels with electrolytes.
11. If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?
Not a REBel
Team WOD –Teams of 2 or 3. Partners alternate movements
10 dumbbell snatches
10 box jump overs
10 calorie ERG
10 dumbbell push press
10 pull ups (Rx B T2B/ Rx C hanging knee raises)
Men DB: 40/35/30 Box height: 24/20/16
Women DB: 25/20/15 Box height: 20/16/12
12. What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?
“Self-care is giving the world what’s best in you not what’s left in you.”
Mothers are always going, going, going for their families and others. It’s in a woman’s nature to give, but she must care for herself so she can give cheerfully. I had neglected myself for so long because I didn’t believe I was worth it. Now I care for myself because I will not be worth anything to anyone if I don’t.
13. What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit or who is thinking about giving it a try?
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” –Benjamin Franklin
Exercise keeps your mind and body strong so that you remain durable.
Put aside any preconceived notions. It’s really not what you think it will be.
14. Open Forum:
Thank you to the Carrolls, Thomases, and McDonalds for bringing CrossFit Benedictus to our community and sustaining it. May it continue for our children and grandchildren!
Thank you to the coaches who keep us going strong every day.
Thank you to all the athletes who keep coming to CrossFit so that there is a Box.
Thank you to my sister Sarah for constantly talking about CrossFit and piqueing my interest.
Thank you to my husband Nathaniel who followed my “suggestion” so we could become part such a wonderful place.