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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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