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April Female Athlete of the Month - Lauren Lepage

in by Lindsay

Curious what hard work and dedication looks like? Check out Lauren's progress over the last year. She's come so far with her strength, mechanics, endurance. In the last 12 months, Lauren has sought and taken advice from coaches, challenged herself with weight, and dove right into tough, unfamiliar workouts. Want to know what makes her even more badass? Check out our instagram page, for footage of Lauren's first bar muscle up. Talk about hard work paying off!

1.  When and where did you start CrossFitting?
I started CrossFit at CrossFit New Haven April 2017. I hadn't worked out consistently in years. After stopping organized sports, I hadn't been able to stay committed to any fitness regime. Even when I signed up for On-Ramp, I told myself I only had to stick it out until the end of that program. When On-Ramp finished, I realized I had worked out more than I had in the last 6 months and maybe I'd found a program that actually worked for me.

2.  We’re a few months into 2018- What are some of your new goals for 2018?
The open really pointed out a lot of places for improvement and motivated me to set new goals. A few of those include: ring muscle ups, HSPUs without an ab mat, 5 strict pull ups, back squat 200 lb, push myself to do more RX+ workouts when I can, and continue to build endurance. I'd also like to start the weightlifting program.

3.  What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
Power cleaning 160lb in the Open! Mentally and physically I didn't think I could come anywhere near this weight. My first PC was at 95 and I was planning on tapping out around 135 TOPS. I hit 155 and I told my judge I was done and she encouraged me to add the "lucky" 2.5's with 15 seconds left. I wouldn't have gone for this on my own and made me realize mental toughness is just as important as physical ability and to constantly push myself (still working on this). Also, my recent bar muscle up didn't hurt.

4.  Do you adhere to any form of daily/weekly diet regimen to power your workouts?  What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?

Diet is tough. Hahah can I stop there? It's a work in progress...
Dream Cheat Meal - Give me all the Pad Thai!!!!!

5. Design 2 WODs:  1 that is your bread & butter, filled with your movement strengths; 1 that is all goats (movement weaknesses you feel you need to improve).

Bread and butter
For time
20 mins 75/105
5 power snatches
15 burpee box jump up and overs
10 power snatches
15 burpee box jump up and overs
15 power snatches
15 burpee box jump up and overs
20 power snatches
15 burpee box jump up and overs
25 power snatches
15 burpee box jump up and overs

8 minutes
8 cals on AB 
8 Pull ups
8 Renegade Rows 20/15

6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
Hiking, winery hopping, trying new restaurants, petting puppies, and most recently I've gotten into listening to true crime and conspiracy theory podcasts.

7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
I am doing my first solo backpacking trip at the end of May to Vietnam! Cheesy to say, but it's kinda my "Eat, Pray, Love" moment. I'd been feeling really restless and felt like I hadn't pushed myself outside of my comfort zone in a long time. Nothing will do that quite like southeast Asia!

8.  Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
Just show up and stick with it! If you want to succeed, you have to put in work even on the days you don't feel like it. Also, CFNH is so much more than a gym, and really a community. If you want it, it's there for you and you should take advantage of it. You'll end up meeting some amazing people who'll push you to give your best and hold you accountable


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