in by Lindsay
If we were to try to list off some of the qualities of the perfect CFNH athlete, they might include:
- Eagerness to learn and develop skills
- Willingness to challenge his/herself
- Uses weakness or failures as a lesson in progress/growth
- Involved in the CFNH community
- Friendly, encouraging and positive
- Gives his/her all to every class
Did you notice that we just described Carla Picard? This is why she's our September Athlete of the Month. It's hard not to love her, from her dorky dance moves to her game-face in her workouts- it's hard to believe it's only been a year that she's been with us. Shout out to Andre (another well-earned AOTM), for convincing Carla to give CrossFit another shot. Now she's stuck with us.
1. When and where did you start CrossFitting?
I completed my on ramp at Crossfit Milford in September 2011 and only completed 2 months after that. Unfortunately my experience hadn’t been the most favorable one and I was left with a bad taste in my mouth for the overall sport. After that I returned to the globo gym world and spent the next 6+ years doing lots of “bro" things. It wasn’t until this past September that I decided to give Crossfit another try. After being immediately welcomed and encouraged by coaches and ahletes alike in my classes, I quickly developed confidence and enthusiasm for the sport, and soon realized that THIS Crossfit gym was where I belonged. A huge thanks to my husband Andre (you know, Picard #2) for getting me here…and all the great coaches and athletes for keeping me here. I can’t believe I just made one year anniversary.
2. We’re coming toward the end of 2018 - what are some of your goals to accomplish before the year end?
Bar muscle ups and strict ring muscle ups are on the top of my list.
3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
The improvements that I have made with my Oly movements for sure. The Weightlifting for Beginners class that I took in May helped me tremendously. I’m happy to see that I’m lifting heavier weight in my strength work, and moving more efficiently when these barbell movements appear in metcons.
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?
My Monday through Friday meal schedule is completely structured, with a limited menu, eating every 3 hours. Some of the eating habits came about when I was training for my first (and last) bodybuilding competition in 2013. I took some of the best practices from that extreme regiment and made them into more sustainable eating habits. Weekends are pretty flexible though, I behave pretty well during the day, but then all bets are off at dinner. Friday and Saturday cheat nights usually consist of pizza (4 out of 5 times from Colony Grill) or a pretzel burger with parmesean truffle fries from either Plan B or Prime 16. Top any of those cheat meals off with a Dairy Queen Oreo blizzard or a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and we’ve got ourselves a perfect night.
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).
Well, give me anything shoulder to overhead for starters lol. Ok here we go..
My Bread and butter WOD:
Let’s call it ‘Crazy 8’s’
18:00 AMRAP of:
8 Push jerks
My GOAT WOD:
Couplet of :
Chest to bar
*10 pistols every time a set is partitioned
6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
In the last few years I’ve really come to enjoy cooking. There’s just something about the event of preparing the meal that I find super relaxing and satisfying, especially when something comes out really good. So I'd say consistently seeking out new recipes and having Andre be my guinea pig in my culinary experimental adventures. Come the weekends, you might find us on one of our latest beer trail adventures.
7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
Although many have seen my corny dance moves, I am actually a formally trained ballroom dancer. I was a ballroom student turned instructor during my grad school years through mid-20’s. Included in my list of 'rug cutting' credentials are: foxtrot, tango, waltz, swing, cha cha, rumba, salsa, mambo, argentine tango, Viennese waltz, samba and merengue. *Another unsolicited fun fact about me: if I could do do it all over, I would be a breakdancer.
8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
As cliché as this sounds, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Just try and stay focused on yourself and strive for any little incremental improvement that you can each time you show up. No matter how long anyone is doing this, we are all works in progress.