Member Spotlight: Andrea McDaniel

Today’s spotlight shines with perfect timing. Why? Because the 2018 CF Games Open just ended, and today’s member is at the very top of our Women’s RX division!

Long before she was dominating the Open, she was involved in athletics and nutrition at a high level. She’s a staple at our momWOD class, and manages to stay consistent even while raising two young boys and traveling frequently for work.

It’s only onward and upward for her, and rumor has it she will be taking the infamous “Trial by Fire” before the week is over. Today, your 2018 CFHV Open champion:

What’s your name?

Andrea McDaniel

Describe your first work out here at Crossfit High Voltage:

I don’t remember exactly what it was I just remember it lasting only about 10 min because toddler was crying. Everyone was so sweet though and reassured me that it gets better.

Before joining High Voltage, when did you know something had to change?

I had been doing Crossfit for ~4 years before joining CFHV. I had just moved to La Crescenta and had my 2nd child and wanted to get back into it mostly for the community aspect.

Describe your most memorable CrossFit Experience so far.

Something that happened recently stands out to me. I had been out of town for the 1st part of the open. Came back in town the Thursday 18.3 was released. However, I couldn’t get it done that weekend as I was battling a hard core respiratory infection. Woke up Monday still unsure if I should even do it. Decided to go in and just do what I could to get a score. Ended up going a lot further than I expected. The coolest part is the support I had. It was after momWOD and so many people stuck around to cheer me on. It was a warm welcome back after being gone for a bit. Also #nopantsparty #18.5

Outside of High Voltage, what kind of work do you do? Give yourself a plug!

I am a functional medicine dietitian. I own my own business called My True Health. I work with individuals and athletes all over the country.

How has getting in shape changed your professional life?

As a dietitian and personal trainer, I am often a walking billboard, just human nature. But, I don’t believe you can judge a book by it’s cover as being healthy or in shape on the inside doesn’t always translate on the outside 🙂 I do try to be a good role model when it comes to my choices that may effect my health and fitness.

Tell us about an area of your life most impacted by your decision to join High Voltage.

Probably a sense of community. Living away from family, being fairly new to the area, and having a traveling hubby, many days that one hour workout is my only time with adults during the day. Our momWOD crew is one amazing group of individuals, many of us are in or have been in the same situation of raising littles, so it’s really nice to have a place to come together and support each other… oh and at the same time get a good workout (sorry Bryan 😉

When have you used CrossFit outside of the box?

Hmm that’s kind of a weird question: I guess with moving, carrying kids, carrying 5 bags of groceries in, stuff like that. I picked up a shed at Home Depot the other day and was helping the workers get it into my car, and they said “dang you could work here.” Not sure how to take that, but I guess they thought I was strong enough to lift heavy boxes into cars.

Who is your most idolized fellow community member?

I try not to idolize anyone else, but I do see some amazing qualities in my fellow community members that inspire me to better every day.

What is your one year or next CrossFit goal?

As the open comes to an end, I am definitely motivated to set some goals. For the past year in Crossfit, it has just been about consistency, just getting there. But, I’d really like to make some big progress over the next year. I especially want to work on my strength, Olympic lifts, and improving skills like muscles ups (I like to be able to string them together).

What is your favorite & least favorite movement or WOD?

Favorite: handstand walks, pull-ups, box jumps; Least: I guess I would say the snatch because it’s my weakest movement, but hopefully it will change over the year (see goals above 😉

What is your favorite cheat meal?

I don’t really think of any meals as cheat meals, but a not so healthy food that I enjoy is ice cream.

If you had to describe CFHV in one sentence:

A place to come together as a community to work on our health and fitness goals in an enjoyable way.