Athlete of the MonthMay

Caitlin Quinn

Career: High School Student

Years at CrossFit Kennett Square: 2

"I think more than anything, CrossFit has taught me that I can do anything, and I can always push myself further."

Favorite WOD: Anything involving handstand walks or dumbbell snatches

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with the bike

Tell us about your sports & fitness background: When I was younger I tried
pretty much every sport. I have been playing field hockey since 3rd grade in the
forward position. I have also been playing lacrosse since 7th grade as a defensive
player, then switched to goalie during my 9th grade season. I also almost got my
black belt in karate.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…
what was it, and how did it feel? My parents have been doing CrossFit for a long
time. I saw them doing CrossFit workouts in the garage during Covid and eventually
started doing them too. I started doing them because I wasn’t doing anything active.
Once CrossFit opened back up I came in for fundamentals and never looked
back. The first WOD that I did at CFKSQ was Cherry Vanilla. I don’t remember a lot
from this WOD except for hating the bike and being thankful when it was over and
thinking that it was really hard.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since
starting CF (before/after)? I have noticed that my arms and legs are visibly
stronger. I have noticed that I am able to get lower and make better passes while playing field hockey and that my legs don’t get as tired in lacrosse. The ball also bounces off much more easily than before doing CrossFit. I can now lift heavy things more easily. Plus, I can lift those heavy things with better form. I think more than anything, CrossFit has taught me that I can do anything, and I can always push myself further.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on
something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I can step outside of my
comfort zone more than before.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFKSQ moments: Friday night lights

Any advice for people just getting started? Don’t feel intimidated by a WOD
because you can do it. Take the sign hanging up in Crossfit into mind at the end of
every workout even if you think you didn’t do that well: “you are stronger than you were yesterday”. Definitely listen to the coaches because they know what they are talking about. And stretch after every WOD, so you don’t hurt yourself.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I play field
hockey and lacrosse. I also enjoy cooking and baking for my friends and family.