When did you start doing CrossFit?

June, 2016, the week of my 57th birthday.

Favorite WOD?

The WOD that included the “Bear Complex”.

Least Favorite WOD?

Anything that includes pushing that darn sled.

Favorite Lift?

Clean and Jerk

Least Favorite Lift?

Snatch. Even when I’m doing it right, it feels wrong :/

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I am a Mom of three amazing young adults. I have five grandchildren. I work part-time as an office mgr/bookkeeper for a small construction company. When I’m not working, I’m usually doing chores around my home and yard, or participating in some capacity within events of family life. I have OCD tendencies so I find working in my yard and gardens somewhat therapeutic. My favorite season is summer…the beach is most definitely my happy place!

What were you doing before CrossFit?

I wasn’t doing much in a way of fitness before CrossFit. Finding myself a widow at 53, it was all I could do to muster up the energy to walk on my treadmill. As the years passed, I experienced mental fatigue as well as physical challenges performing household tasks.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

I was physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted, and at the same time energized at levels I had never felt before.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

I set the following goals: master lift techniques along with having incremental weight increases over time on each different type of lift, climb a rope, be able to do a pull up, T2B, double-unders, box jumps and burpees.

Please tell us about achieving those goals?

I feel such a sense of accomplishment having achieved some of my goals. I have been able to increase my lifting weight, I am able to do double-unders, burpees, and just recently achieved a 13″ box jump. (Every inch matters!) My motivation is fueled and inspired by my son, Coach Jon. His commitment to fitness and encouragement keeps me moving.

What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?

Each WOD I complete, every lift I accomplish are all achievements reached toward fitness goals.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

My first classes I remember how welcoming and encouraging everyone was which helped me to push past my self-conscience feeling of age and lack of fitness. I quickly realized CBCF is a unique community of people seeking to achieve individual fitness goals while celebrating each other as their goals are reached, partnerships are formed, and friendships are created.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Central Bucks CrossFit?

Make a personal commitment to fitness and don’t give up. Push past initial feelings of inadequacy/discouragement and keep coming. All movements can be modified and progress is realized over time with consistent performance. Listen to the coaches. Their passion for fitness, education and experience is your best asset to achieve your personal fitness goals. “Trust the Process.”

Something you might not know about me is?

When I make a commitment, I am always a little early or right on time. I hate to be late for anything.