Member Spotlight: Angie Griffin!
Hey every body! I am VERY excited and pleased to introduce to you our brand new regular weekly feature: Member Spotlight!
Each week we will feature one of YOU from CFHV and share your story, in your own words, with our whole community. To kick things off, I present to you:
What’s your name?
Describe your first work out here at Crossfit High Voltage:
Wednesday, Jan 20th 2016 and it consisted of a lot of running, lifting, and more running. I thought I was going to die! It took everything I had to finish the WOD but I did it thanks to Coach Katie, Andrea McDaniel, and the momWOD crew. I remember walking to my car while crying (due to complete exhaustion) and thinking, I will never do that again. However, Friday came around and guess where I was at 9:30am? Yep, I attended my second workout at CFHV and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Before joining High Voltage, when did you know something had to change?
Um, I’m a stay at home mom of two amazing kiddos and before kids I was apart of camp gladiator back in Texas. Unfortunately, we had several pregnancy complications so I decided to take a short break (which turned into 6 years) and we also moved to California. Sadly, I made up several excuses about not starting back up and it wasn’t until my neighbor, Andrea McDaniel invited me to try out a CFHV momWOD class when I realized I was in trouble. Walking back to my car after that first WOD made me realize just how far I had let myself go. Like everyone else, I’ve had my fair share of struggles: physically, mentally, and even emotionally and though it’s so easy to let go, I quickly realized I needed some stability and accountability. That’s what CFHV has been for me… balance, self progress, and stability especially when things aren’t always going as planned. I never regret walking through the front door that first day even though I was scared as all get out. This past 1.5 years has been an amazing journey and I have so many more personal goals to accomplish.
Describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience so far:
Let’s see, getting my first rope climb felt pretty amazing and not only did I do it once but I followed it up with 2 more climbs. Determination and confidence make a very powerful combination. I can’t tell you how many times I practiced lowering myself down the rope onto the floor until one day I was done. Somehow I made it to the top of that rope and I squealed in pure joy! It was such a good feeling. I also competed in my first Open crossfit games which completely blew my mind. I can’t tell you how many movements I learned and completed on the fly with weights that I thought were impossible. The momWOD crew can tell you I cried after every single workout for that competition and not because I placed at the bottom but because I actually did it. I gave it my best and ended up accomplishing so much more than I gave myself credit for every day. Seriously, I would walk in those doors every Friday for 5 Fridays in a row feeling certain I wasn’t going to finish and to my surprise, I finished. In a sea of thousands of names but I’m proud my name is on list no matter where is sits.
Outside of High Voltage, what kind of work do you do? Give yourself a plug!
I’m a stay at home Mom
How has getting in shape changed your professional life?
It’s allowed me to be more involved with my kids. Before CFHV there were many days I just didn’t have the energy or strength to keep up with them. Now we’re able to do so much more together and actually we push each other to do more. Both of my kids attend gymnastics every Monday (we refer to it as “family gym day”) and we always encourage each other to hold on longer or to be stronger than we were last week at a given task. My kids and I now share a goal in fitness and that makes me a proud mom.
Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join High Voltage:
I said it before, it’s so incredibly easy to let go of yourself and your needs along the way. I’m totally guilty and was for a long time. So much, that I just put all of my focus towards my family and friend’s needs which allowed me to forget my own desires and needs. And I can’t tell you how many times I thought, “I can manage with less or I can always start tomorrow” not realizing the damage I was doing to myself. I mean it may sound silly because we’re just talking about adding exercise to my weekly schedule but that’s just it. Having that one hour 3 times a week to focus on me, made such a difference. I now have more energy to spend with my family. My health conditions, sleep patterns, mood, and appearance have all improved which means I feel more involved and social. Just having the community support also makes a huge difference in self esteem and confidence. Moving here to California has been a hard adjustment for me because it felt like I left so much behind in Texas (that being family and friends) but joining CFHV made a huge difference physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s the people here… you all have been so accepting and encouraging even with a beginner like me and I can’t thank you enough for being a part of my journey.
When have you used CrossFit outside of the box?
Are you kidding me, I’m a mom so I use it everyday. There’s always someone or something that needs to be held or moved throughout the day. And there’s always a good game of tag to be had at some point during the week. Joking aside, I do feel my day to day workload even if it’s just around the house has been improved since starting CFHV. I don’t wait for my husband’s help as often because I’m stronger than I’ve been in 7 years. I mean it’s not every day that I’m lifting heavy weights like we do in class but there’s a lot to say about technique and form that I actually do use often in my daily routines.
Who is your most idolized fellow community member?
Are you serious? I mean picking just one person seems impossible because I’m truly inspired by so many of the members EVERY SINGLE DAY. I mean not a day goes by where I’m not overwhelmed with pure inspiration from Andrea McDaniel. Her determination, strength, and endurance exceeds my expectations on a daily basis. She has such a passion for crossfit and nutrition. I’m truly honored to workout beside her every week. She shows up every day giving more than a 100% with a smile on her face through the end. And though she’s on her own personal journey she never hesitates to help another member along the way. But honestly it doesn’t stop there because I’m just as memorized and impressed with Jessica Beck, Frank Balbuena, Bryan Felix, Pamela Rivera, Lizzie Coelho, Monica Karell, Arielle Zieja, and all of my momWOD crew members. Everyday each and everyone of us conquers so personal goal along the way whether it’s a first time lift, to learning correct form, or hitting a max rep/weight and that for me, is inspiring.
What is your one year or next CrossFit goal?
Currently, I’m still working on pull ups. It’s a goal I started last year and though I can get one every now and again I want it to be a skill that I can do consistently. Maybe one day I can attempt a muscle up but for now I’m honestly pushing forward with using the correct form, increasing the amount of weight, and improving my endurance. The rest I know will come in time because I’m not giving up again.
What is your favorite & least favorite movement or WOD?
Hands down I cannot form a loving relationship with the bike. It it my least favorite though I will say burpees run a very close second! My favorite WODs are partner WODs because it forces you to step it up. On your own, you can have a tendency to let up and rest a few more seconds but it’s a lot less likely when someone is waiting for you to finish. It’s never a good feeling to let your partner down. It’s accountability!!!
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Honestly, nutrition is my next big focus. I know I cheat way more often than I should but now that I have exercise in my weekly schedule, I think it’s time to figure out the nutrition side.
If you had to describe CFHV in one sentence:
It’s an encouraging group atmosphere that ends up making you stronger as an individual.