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CFNH Female Athlete of the Month for June - Victoria Bartlett

in by Lindsay

There's been some badass videos of Vicky's snatches circulating on the New Haven Weightlifting Club instagram. Have you seen them? She recently finished the Weightlifting for Beginners program, and we think she's finally realizing just how strong and capable she is! Victoria is a true pleasure to have in class- she asks the right questions, she modifies when necessary, and she's ready and willing to challenge herself when it's appropriate. There was no question that she would be our next Athlete of the Month. 

1.  When and where did you start CrossFitting?
I started at CFNH in September 2017. I had done workout classes sporadically in the past and I had wanted to try CrossFit for a while but I had a hectic travel schedule in my previous job so I never took the plunge. But then when I started med school and found out Audrey was a coach here, I decided it was now or never!

2.  We’re almost halfway through 2018 - what are some of your goals to accomplish this year?
I'd really love to be able to do a pull-up by the end of this year! I have a lot of work to do on my upper body and back strength, but I've been working with Nilma and Josh (who are both amazing!) in PT to get there.

3.  What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
Finishing the Weightlifting for Beginners program was a ton of fun! And I hit a couple of PRs after it, which was really gratifying. The program showed me how important it is to focus on technique, and by doing that improved strength and PRs will follow.

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?
Not really - I try to eat healthy generally but I don't stick to any specific regimens (though I did do Whole30 once - not my favorite experience!). I've been starting to think about putting more structure into my nutrition though because I have noticed it makes such a big difference to how I feel during a workout.

My dream cheat meal consists of anything you can get from Arethusa in New Haven - cheese, ice cream, milkshakes!

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 & butter (I love deadlifts and workouts with shorter distance runs in them):

12 min AMRAP
10 deadlifts
15 box jump up and overs
200m run

Goats (I have a lot of work to do on upper body strength, so I'll feel super accomplished when I can do pull-ups! Wall balls also always kill me, and I still have a ways to go with double unders...):
10 pull-ups
20 wall balls
30 push ups
40 double-unders

6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
I just finished my first year of medical school, so most of my time has been spent studying recently! I also have been doing a fair amount of weekend travel out of New Haven, since my boyfriend travels for work, and in the winters we ski a lot too (which CrossFit has also really helped with!).

7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro a couple of summers ago, which was awesome. I've never thought of myself as super athletic so it felt like a huge achievement, and the views were all breathtaking.

8.  Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
I was pretty intimidated when I started CrossFit - I wasn't a college or even high school athlete and I've never really thought of myself as athletic. But all the coaches and members here are SO amazing and supportive, and you can always scale a workout to your abilities. If you just keep pushing yourself to come regularly, it'll get easier, less scary and more fun! I almost never have those "should I go, or should I just lay in bed" mental battles before coming to CrossFit anymore because it's really so fun. So my biggest suggestions would be to be patient and trust in the process, and don't be afraid to ask for suggestions or tips from the coaches because that's the best way to improve!


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