Octobers AOTM: Sandra & Tyler
Published October 5, 2015
What was your exercise regime before CrossFit?
Before CrossFit my exercise consisted of running, lots of running. I’d log anywhere from 20 to 25 miles a week consistently and played/coached soccer. Running helped me lose weight, become a better thinker and overall regain the discipline in my personal life I’d lost. I never jumped on a machine or picked up a free weight but I realized I probably needed to work on combining cardio with strength and CF seemed like fun. I do a lot less running these days.
How many WODs per week do you attend?
I hit 4 times a week 6PM class consistently. If I’m free on Saturday I like to pop in as well.
Favorite CrossFit exercise?
Favorite aside from running I’d say power cleans because it is the foundation of a lot of the barbell movements so might as well like it and make it pretty.
Least favorite exercise?
I have 2. The snatch and the overhead squat. I’m worried my arms will snap off - I’ve broken my arm twice and dislocated both shoulders before and mentally I freak out when my arms move behind me with that much weight.
What would you tell a newbie getting started that helped you?
Keep in mind why you chose CrossFit. Like anything in life there’s a learning curve but hang in there and just show up – we won’t let you quit. Eventually, probably without you even realizing it the weights get easier to move and you become so powerful and power is awesome.
What would you like to accomplish in the next 3 months?
I’m looking forward to the next few months just in general as my knee gets stronger – it’s still tender despite feeling 100X better post-patellectomy. Specifically though I want to do handstand walks cuz they look like fun. That and work on strict pull-ups so I can bang out a muscle-up.
What is a fun fact about you?
I skipped the 2nd grade - went from directly from 1st to 3rd.