Posted: 05-Mar-2017

1. What brought you to CrossFit Rise in the first place?

I've watched the CrossFit Games for years and have looked up numerous boxes to possibly try, but I've always assumed I lacked the necessary fitness level to even try the workouts. It's an intimidating sport, and I just didn't feel comfortable walking into a box on my own and giving it a go. But then, Jessica and Justin came in to our work and gave a great lunch presentation about CrossFit Rise. With the promise of scaled workouts and several co-workers to go with me, I decided to give it a try. That was six weeks ago, and I now consistently come three times a week.

2. What was your first impression? How has that changed?

My first impression when I walked into the gym that first day, as I watched the performance class crank out the WOD, was probably nausea. That first class was beyond intense and incredibly difficult. However, Justin scaled some of the exercises for my fitness level, and the fact that I could complete the full workout was motivating enough to keep me coming back.  I definitely feel like I have more confidence, now, in what my body is capable of doing. My progress may be slow, but I can see it, and that feels really awesome.

3. What was your first “bright spot” (something you did really well from the start)?

My first bright spot? Honestly, completing that first workout was a definite bright spot. I had zero confidence that I would make it through an hour of CrossFit but I did it!

4. What was your biggest challenge?

What hasn't been a challenge? Knees- to-elbows. Pretty sure these are my arch nemesis. I would love to be able to hold on for a full set and get my knees all the way up eventually. Wall walks, overhead lunges, anything core/balance related...

5. What are you working on now?

Building the necessary core strength for all those movements that are challenging.

6. We know you're still relatively new, but do you have a favorite Rise memory?

I guess it's not so much a favorite memory, but, overall experience wise, I love how many new people I've met. I feel like every time I come in to the gym I'm meeting someone new. Beyond that, the upcoming Open has produced an atmosphere of competitiveness and camaraderie, and I love how infectious it all is!