I grew up in Houston, live in Friendswood, but spend most of my time in Alvin.
President of the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce
Family (spouse/ children)?
My husband and I have three boys – 16, 17 and 24.
What is your athletic background?
I played sports through junior high and part of high school. I’ve never been
exceptionally great at any sport, but I enjoy the community of being part of a team.
How long have you been doing CrossFit and where did you start?
I started CrossFit 101 in January of 2016 at Alvin CrossFit
What did you know about CrossFit before you came in?
I didn’t know much. I thought everyone who did it was borderline crazy. I got the
impression it was almost an extreme sport.
Which class time(s) do you attend and how many times a week did you come when you started AND about how many times a week now?
I usually go to an afternoon class – 4:30 or 5:30, depending on what’s going on at work. I like attending at a consistent time because I have built relationships with the other “CrossFitters”. They encourage me through the hour and we have lots of fun together. It’s like a team. I planned to attend three classes a week, but have ended up averaging 4 to 5 times a week since I started CrossFit. Every day is different, and I don’t like to miss any of the fun.
What did you think after your first workout and/or after your first week?
I knew I was hooked after my first workout. I spent two weeks in the 101 class learning most of the common movements and working on form, and I watched the workouts and couldn’t wait to jump in. Some of the movements were intimidating, but Coach Lou and Coach Fergs had a modification for everything that I wasn’t ready to do – and those modifications have helped grow my strength and ability towards to full movement.
How does CrossFit compare to any other training you’ve done?
It’s the most interesting and intense. It’s a thoughtful combination through the week, but because it’s different every day, I never get bored working out.
Why did you start?
Several reasons – I wanted to lose weight, feel better and improve simple mobility. I always feel better when I exercise, so I wanted to choose something that would motivate me to push further than just pounding the pavement on a run. I had done that and it left me with sore joints.
Why do you keep coming back?
Dedicated Coaches. Varied workouts. Amazing people. Coach Fergs has been patient with me asking the same question a million times and so kindly corrects bad form that could cause injury. He’s always pushing when he sees us lagging below our abilities. It’s amazing having others in the group (that I now call friends) cheer me along. It’s so cool that we have a board to log our time and scores, but I always feel like my competition is my ‘past self’.
What are your biggest accomplishment(s) or what are you most proud of? Go ahead, brag a little!
Weight loss? Since I began CrossFit (7 months ago), I’ve lost 37 pounds. I made a decision not to take measurements or really keep up with my weight on a daily basis though. It’s not a sprint, it’s a life-long goal. I remember Coach Shannon talking about why we do certain exercises. We squat and lift because we’ll be squatting and lifting until the day we die (hopefully). While I still have a long way to go to meet my goals (roughly based on weight and body fat percentage), I have come so far in regards to strength, endurance and the shape and tone of my body. All my clothes are too big, but I haven’t taken the time to restock my wardrobe. I’d rather be CrossFitting than shopping! I’ve dropped from 18 to 14 in most sizes.
Lifting accomplishments? I haven't done a great job keeping up with where I started on lifting, but I had a hard time with just the bar because I didn't have the right form. Having Coach teach me how to lift things has allowed me to become stronger and lift safely. Lifting isn't just at the Box, it's all the time. CrossFit has made me a more productive adult. I have more energy, mobility and strength in all the things that I do in my life.
Benchmark workouts you’ve done well at or improved upon? It’s hard to compare my times from the Benchmarks because while I’ve improved the times, I’ve also decreased my modifications. Coach Fergs has done a great job of modifying each workout for me to complete and still feel like I’ve worked out. As I get stronger, he’s taught me how to decrease my modifications and increase weight. For example, “Helen” is 3 rounds – 400 meter run, kettle bell swings and pull ups. My first go at it was February 22 and I used a 26 lb kettlebell and did jumping pull ups. On July 13, I used a 35 lb kettlebell and have graduated to banded pull ups instead of jumping (and I improved my time from 15:25 to 14:40) I was also able to do the full Memorial Day MURPH workout with modifications.
What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
It’s really hard to narrow it down to one movement. I love, love doing box jumps, atomic sit ups and wall-walks. They are my favorites because I didn’t think I would ever be able to do them. Now I’ve got a few more movements that I want to tackle – double unders, RX Pull ups and hand stand push ups.
What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Funny, but probably the same as my favorites! CrossFit is crazy like that. After a WOD, I’m flat on the ground trying to recover because everything in me is tired, but I get up and I’m ready to do it again.
What are your strengths and weaknesses in CrossFit?
One of the strengths that I’ve developed is better endurance. A couple weaknesses that I have are speed, and form on my lifting.
Have you changed your diet since starting CrossFit?
I have changed quite a bit of what I eat. I cut out most sugar, fried food and unhealthy starches. Once you invest this much time and energy into your health, you want to connect the dots for better all-around fitness. I remember Coach Fergs saying that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. It’s true! I’ve also found that small cheats also affect my work outs enough that I’m not that interested in the bad stuff.
What is your guilty pleasure/ favorite cheat meal?
Pizza and ice cream.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
Eggs. Eggs with spinach, eggs with all kinds of veggies, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, boiled eggs, avocado and eggs.
What do you enjoy doing away from the box or tell us something else about yourself?
My husband and I stay really busy with our family, work and church. My favorite thing to do when I have down time (or need to decompress from “busy”) is to clean and organize my house. It has this super calming effect on me. I also love music. It’s either always blasting on the speakers, through my earbuds or in my head. A special treat is live music!
Any advice for new members?
Leave your pride at the door. Work hard to reach your goals and celebrate your gains. Enjoy the company of the other athletes – it’s definitely one of my favorite parts of the day.