I can’t help but laugh with today’s featured member. She’s quite the character and always keeps me on my toes in unexpected ways.
You’ll find her in our super solid momWOD class where she is always putting in her best effort and supporting her crew. She comes to events, works on her skills, sets goals and then gets them done.
I’m really proud of all of her progress in such a short time, and I know that 2018 will be big year for her. It’s my pleasure to introduce:
What’s your name?
Describe your first work out here at Crossfit High Voltage:
Oh man. I don’t remember! But what I DO recall is I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did. And that I got through it.
Before joining High Voltage, when did you know something had to change?
I had been wanting to get back to ballet class for years but I wasn’t fit enough. I knew my 3 year old would be starting school soon and I knew that it would free me up to really have a consistent workout regime. Monica Karell was talking to me and Jennifer Castro Nelson about Crossfit and I was impressed she had such a such a great relationship with her workout regime. So I asked more questions. Jennifer was the one we were trying to convince to go and she was hesitating so I finally said “JEN ILL GO if you go!” And now I am actually depressed if I miss a day of it its so a part of my life And my sense of wellness.
Describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience so far.
TODAY! I finally did toe unders. I had been doing the prep forever (it really kills my hands) but finally today I felt like I could attempt it. It was thrilling to finally do it and feel why its a great exercise.
Outside of High Voltage, what kind of work do you do? Give yourself a plug!
I was a dancer choreographer now I mostly choreograph and sometimes direct, shows, music videos, musicals on occasion. I have always taught yoga and pilates on the side when work was slow and I was taught to teach pilates by one of the master teachers who worked with Joe Pilates, Kathleen Stanford Grant. She taught me how to teach before people knew what Pilates WAS! I was in the first certifying class out here in Los Angeles in the 90’s. I am Starting up a pilates/yoga class I call KILL THE CORE. Come!
How has getting in shape changed your professional life?
CONFIDENCE. I feel WAY better walking into a room.
Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join High Voltage.
I just didn’t like the way I felt or looked and I could no longer use the excuse “well I just had a kid”. She was almost 3 and I needed to get moving. My baby weight came off very naturally without dieting but I was loose! Something I had never experienced before baby. What has been most impacted is my dancing. I feel stronger and more capable than I have in years. I finally had the confidence to go back to BALLET class. This says a lot since most of the class is under 20 years old.
When have you used CrossFit outside of the box?
Who is your most idolized fellow community member?
Honestly – I have never seen ANYONE work out like Dan Crawley. The only words that comes to mind are HE IS THE BEAST WHO SLAYS. I’m not blowing smoke. There is also a woman in MomWOD whose name I cant remember! BETH? She is quiet soft spoken and STRONG AF. I love her energy and am inspired by her constantly. Monica and Jen BOTH inspire me for different reasons. I cold go on and on about my MomWOD. They are ALL KILLERS. And I love them all.
What is your one year or next CrossFit goal?
I just want to be able to DO everything. Theres so much I have been modifying. So my goal this year is to not have to modify ANYTHING anymore. I don’t care about the weight or if I do less reps. My FIRST goal right now is to be ABLE to do.
What is your favorite & least favorite movement or WOD?
I cant remember what its called bc I hate it so much. In those rings. Holding body weight up. Hurts so bad I almost cried. Only did it once. It’s the only one I took no pleasure from. Also rope climbing. Achhhhhh. OUCH!
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I don’t think of anything as cheating really. I eat everything but I’m measured about amounts. My favorite food that isn’t particularly dietetic is tempura. Sushi also feels like its a special indulgence to me because its so rich and I love it. Another fave of mine that is considered cheating by most is hamburgers and ONION RINGS. I can live without coffee. I basically don’t drink alcohol much at all anymore to avoid the empty calories but I could not live without onion rings.
If you had to describe CFHV in one sentence:
CFHV is the most affordable supportive challenging and consistent way for a mom to stay in shape and to gain the confidence we need to take ourselves back into the work place or to take ourselves into the world outside of our families.