Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING CROSSFIT? WHO OR WHAT GOT YOU STARTED?
A: I started in 2012. I’d been interested in Crossfit for a while but hadn’t found a gym close by then saw a sign for Alpine along Ward one day and the rest is history.
Q: TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF: (FAMILY, CAREER, HOBBIES, INTERESTS)
A: I’m married to Jesse and we have two daughters Aletheia (10) and Cadence (6). I work as an engineer in pharmaceuticals and enjoy hiking and biking and all the lovely outdoor things Colorado offers. My creative outlets are singing and sewing – I like to create useful items for family and friends and I love to sing (though I don’t do it much these days outside the car).
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY AT ALPINE CROSSFIT?
A: There are so many great memories but I’m going old school with my first Open in 2013. This was when I really fell in love with all Crossfit offers. I wasn’t planning to sign up because I thought there was no way I could do the Rx weights (there was no scaled open back then) but the owner at the time, Robbie, encouraged me to sign up. That open highlighted all the things I still love the most about Crossfit; the amazing and supportive community (I remember so many people cheering me on as I tried to make a 75 lb snatch) and the triumph of surprising yourself with what you are capable of doing (getting my 95 lb clean and jerk for the first time a couple days before the WOD then completing more reps than I ever thought possible).
Q: WHAT WAS YOUR WORKOUT REGIMEN BEFORE JOINING ALPINE?
A: I have always enjoyed being strong – I was a gymnast in high school and did dance team in college – but had trouble finding a workout that I really enjoyed and could stick with after college. I ran occasionally and tried classes at the fitness center but nothing really stuck. I loved my once a week adult gymnastics class but I wasn’t working out consistently.
Q: HOW HAS CROSSFIT AFFECTED YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?
A: Crossfit has affected my life In the best ways possible – I have gained strength, community, and confidence in my years at Alpine. We have the most amazing community that keeps me coming back day after day and year after year. The community has changed a lot through the years but Alpine always has the most amazing and supportive members. I met my goddess gang ladies at Alpine and they are some of my best friends and I love doing life in and out of the gym with them and the other amazing people at Alpine.
Q: IF YOU COULD WRITE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
A: I don’t know . . . a parody/humor book about parenting maybe . . .
Q: WHAT CATEGORY WOULD YOU BE LEAST EXCITED/MOST EXCITED TO SEE ON JEOPARDY?
A: I am generally terrible at trivia but I think I could manage science and math questions but I’d be in trouble with anything in english or history.
Q: WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST WORKOUT, AND WHAT DID YOU THINK AFTER DOING IT?
A: I do not remember my first workout but after most of my early (very scaled) workouts I remember thinking “I can’t imagine ever being able to do that without scaling everything.” I could do pull-ups but not in the volume needed for the WODs and I was so unfamiliar with weight lifting that anything using the barbell was so challenging! It was an exciting day when my back squat finally hit triple digits!
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE MOVEMENTS/WOD?
A: I really enjoy the challenge that Mary presents – handstand pushups, pull-ups and pistols – it is so tough everytime! My least favorite is probably the thruster & burpee open workout from a few years back.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A NEWBIE JUST GETTING STARTED AT ALPINE CROSSFIT?
A: Two pieces of advice: Find your crew – make some gym friends (bonus points if they become life friends too). Get people that you enjoy being around, that challenge and support you. They will push you to get better and keep you coming back. Don’t get frustrated by the movements you are struggling with; it’s ok to have movements that are not great but if it is a skill you want, commit yourself to working on it consistently and you will get it! My favorite moments in the gym are always celebrating athlete’s first pull ups, muscle ups, double unders, and new PRs.