What brought you to CrossFit Oshkosh?
Reagan May. Period. It pays off to have friends that are so persistent I’ve always enjoyed working out and being active. I ran cross country and track through middle school and high school and only did strength training when they programmed it for us. During college I tried to do more strength training on my own with my running, but felt I wasn’t getting anywhere. After Reagan asking me a million times (and I don’t think I’m exaggerating) to join or at least check out CrossFit, I came to a Wine and WOD and watched a FNL to see what it was about. It took more convincing from her, but I knew it was inevitable and I would join 🤷🏽♀️ The community atmosphere, the push, the drive; I love it all.
Your first impression of CrossFit Oshkosh?
I came to my first class and left loving it but thinking “Holy shit. I want to be as badass as these people! How will I ever get there?” It was a little intimidating, but you have to learn so quick you can’t compare yourself to anyone else there, it’s you against you. And being a newbie in the class, I was welcomed in immediately. That is such a relief, especially when it comes to physical fitness. To not be made to feel like you are weak or can’t do anything gives you so much more confidence.
What has been your biggest hurdle since starting?
CONFIDENCE! I’m told by many they wouldn’t know I have confidence issues, but I doubt my abilities A LOT. It has been hard for me to mentally prepare for attempting a new PR or going higher in weight for a WOD. The coaches and other members have helped so much in bringing that confidence up, pushing me to new limits, and having faith in me; not letting me give up. I want to thank everyone for all their support and push. You guy are making me fit AF.
What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?
The mix of movements. That I get to do cardio, with strength, and gymnastics movements; it keeps it interesting and always fun (using fun loosely, it’s a love-hate relationship ). It’s pretty cool to see how each movement works to improve other movements. Like building up strength in one area to perform gymnastics movements easier. Ya know, just working out that whole body.
What are your current goals in CrossFit?
My current goals in CrossFit are focusing on sleep and nutrition more. Sleep is a major one and I can tell how exhausted and burnt out I get in a workout if I had a bad night of sleep. So these goals aren’t necessarily CrossFit specific, but I know they’ll translate to my workouts and improvements.
What is something we don’t know about you?
1. I am a Test Engineer and graduated with my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, but was originally going to school for marketing and management before switching. I’m happy I made the switch because my job is pretty baller.
2. I hate pancakes but love waffles. And no, I don’t want to explain how this works or why, just don’t feed me pancakes.
3. I’m terrified of frogs/toads. So if you want to see me cry, bring them by, otherwise please help me steer clear of them!
4. When I hit a PR, especially squatting, I think I have the record for worlds slowest movement. No kidding, ask Ali, I go into ‘snail moving through molasses mode’.