"I no longer feel that being thin is a sign of being “fit”. I feel that being STRONG is being fit."
Hometown: Croydon, Pennsylvania then moved to Oxford, Pennsylvania as a teen
Occupation: I have been a Registered Nurse for almost 25 years!
When did you first start training at CFKSQ? February 2018
Favorite WOD: I love deadlifts!
Least Favorite WOD: I do not love running, box jumps or overhead squats!
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: Not much to tell really. In middle school I played softball and in high school I played volleyball until I dislocated my shoulder. Let’s just say I did not get the athletic genes in the family, those went to “Big John Rozich” and my 2 younger sisters :) I joined a gym around 2010 and just dabbled with machines but mostly did cardio. My husband, Brian, got me into lifting weights which I absolutely love. I have also done a few 5K’s and a 15K.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? My brother John kept trying for a couple of years to get me to go so I finally decided to take the plunge and have been doing it ever since.
Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel? I don’t remember what the WOD was but I do remember being nervous before (which I still get, it’s that 3-2-1 countdown lol) but after it I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. It felt good! and it still does!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? I am not the thinnest that I have ever been but I feel the best that I have ever felt. I am the strongest I have ever been. I also feel confident in my skin. I no longer feel that being thin is a sign of being “fit”. I feel that being STRONG is being fit. Working with Jared on my nutrition has helped immensely. I have also found that I can do more than I think I can thanks to the nudging of the coaches, (oh that Lauren), because they know I need that push and sometimes I think they have more confidence in me than I have in myself.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I actually look forward to working out and seeing how far I can push myself. I have so much more energy as well. I also have incorporated the nutrition aspect into my life and have been more aware of what I am putting into my body.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFKSQ moments: Shortly after I started crossfit the open began. I went and watched and I just remember how supportive everyone was of each other. The next year I did my first open and it was awesome! Even during regular classes when people come up behind me when there is a running WOD and say “great job, you got this”, you just don’t see that anywhere else. Oh and then there is my equipment manager, Christina, who gets my square ready because I am usually getting there right when class starts! There really is a sense of community like no other.
Any advice for people just getting started? It sounds cliche but if I can do it anyone can do it. It can be tailored/scaled/modified to fit whatever level of athlete you are. No one judges you. You go in and do your best. It’s as simple as that.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I love spending time with my husband and 2 kids, Taylore and Coltin. Whether it be sitting on our back deck or visiting AC! My husband and I also register for one Spartan sprint race per year which I love doing with him.