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CFO Update Show – January 2017

CFO Update Show – January 2016

This month we sat down and talked to members Mar and Saj, who just recently celebrated their one year anniversary at CrossFit Oshkosh! We love having them as members. Hear what they have to say about their progress in health and fitness since starting at CFO, what being a part of the CrossFit community means to them, and more!#CFOupdateshow

Posted by CrossFit Oshkosh on Thursday, January 12, 2017

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Evelyn Anderson: It Turns Out Figure Skaters Make Great CrossFitters!

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Brief personal history and journey towards beginning your CrossFit journey:

Well, in August of 2015 I moved to Oshkosh from Madison.  I am a nurse working nights on the trauma unit at UWHC, and continue to commute for work.  Additionally, I am in a Family Nurse Practitioner online master’s program based in St. Louis (graduating May 2017 – YAY!).  My boyfriend was living in Oshkosh, and I was spending about half my time here.  We bought a house, I moved up and was able to go part-time at work in order to accommodate the required clinical hours for school.  Since the move, I have felt that I have been split between several places.  With online school, I spend a lot (ok the majority) of my free time studying,  on my own. When you’re an adult/not in college, meeting people/friends in a new place is a bit challenging especially when you work in a different city!  I felt that I needed to find something in Oshkosh to feel like I actually lived here, rather than just visiting.   I had heard about the great community aspect of CrossFit gyms and found that super appealing.  That is the short story!

What brought you to CrossFit Oshkosh?

As stated above, I wanted to find something that connected me to the area. Quite a few of of my close friends do CrossFit and love it.  I had only been to one class before and thought it was intense but also super fun.  I saw a post on Facebook for CrossFit Oshkosh and decided to give it a try!

Your first impression of CrossFit Oshkosh?

My first impression? I was super intimidated.  I had NO idea what all these acronyms meant! I also felt that I had no clue what I was doing. However, soon after I realized how friendly the coaches and other people at the gym are – everyone is super helpful!

What has been your biggest hurdle since starting?

Learning the lifting techniques.  Sometimes it will feel really great and other times it is more akin to a baby deer learning to walk –  super akward – or at least that’s how it feels!

What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?

I think the competitive factor with yourself is incredibly motivating for me.  I am actually a very competitive person, especially with myself.  With the way the workouts are designed, I really like the notable progress made week to week.  I also really enjoy how challenging the workouts are – you feel very accomplished once you’re done! The variety of the workout is also appealing –  changing it up daily and always feeling challenged.

What are your current goals in CrossFit?

A pull-up.  They are my nemesis. I have a wonky shoulder from a previous injury and pull-ups are my least favorite….but that’s what you’re supposed to work on the most, right? Right.

What is something we don’t know about you?

I never took gym class past 7th grade.  Growing up I was a competitive figure skater practicing about 2 hours per day 6 days per week.  In order to train during first hour before school, I was granted a “gym-modification” (not something they do anymore).  So, I got to skate 0600-0800 before school rather than ever having to take gym class. I have coached skating since I was 16, but with school I have taken a break from it – I really miss it!

Also – I love yoga – particularly the hot variety – the hotter the better!

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