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February Female Athlete of the Month - Yuleimy Hernandez

in by Lindsay

Yuleimy is one of those athletes who joins CFNH and it's like she's been a member for years. She just fits so well in our community: she's encouraging, hard-working, humble and she has a genuine passion for this. You'll be sure to find her at CrossFit competitions, cheering on her fellow athletes [or even competing!] We can't wait to watch her continue to grow as an athlete- starting with mastering those dubs, of course!

1.  When and where did you start CrossFitting?
I first started my CrossFit journey on June 5, 2017 (same day as my birthday, haha) at CrossFit New Haven (1175 State).

2.  It's a brand new year, which means setting new goals! What are some of your new goals for 2018?
I have a few goals for 2018, so far. Be able to do double-under, a pull-up and join weightlifting once my hand is fully healed. I've been staying after class for about 20-30mins to work on both DU and do the accessory work that Coach Haggerty put together to help with pull-ups. There was a point November where I pretty much gave up on practicing to get DU, I sprained my ankle and felt like I'd never get them. But that was 2017, we are now in 2018 and I have a different mentality towards them. The frustration is real with DU. If you're on Facebook, The CrossFit Games page posted a video "How do double under make you feel?" and I feel the exact way about them. Huge shout out to WODelicious, fellow athletes and coaches who have given me pointers on how to get the hang of DU. I take all your advice and apply them when practicing. I will get them with time, for sure. Not only with DU but with every workout we deal with. It's great having someone there to push you and remind you to keep going.
Focusing on my nutrition is another goal. I love to eat all the unhealthy things, but then again who doesn't. So it should be an interesting journey. Lastly, is to push myself this year to add more weight, go for one more rep…. every rep counts. I need to challenge myself and push through the barrier of taking long rest in between the workouts.

3.  What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
I'd like to say that I've had a couple accomplishments that I'm really proud of. I participated in my first competition in December - with a sprained hand - AND my team came in third place for scaled division! I was extremely nervous to sign up and till the day of the competition. Even though I knew what the workouts were and that I was capable of doing them, I still felt as if I wasn't "good enough". Everyone reminded that I'd do fine, especially my team members, but most importantly they said to remember to have fun because that's what it's really all about. It was such an amazing experience, I recommend everyone in our gym participate in a competition btw, regardless if it's scaled or RX. The atmosphere was unbelievable, the amount of people from our gym who went out of their way to come out and support us even though it was snowing meant a lot.
Earlier this week, I was able to do a power clean at 90# before that it was 75#. Felt pretty good AND it my first time doing a workout at RX weight, pretty damn proud of myself for that. I didn't get as many reps but I managed to do the best I could.

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?
Before I'd "try" to make healthy choices, eating less carbs and more protein, thought that's how it worked. Now Coach Lindsay has given me my macros and oh man they are hard to stick to when all I really want is two strawberry frosted donuts with sprinkles (my weakness).
Dream cheat day (cause why stick to a one cheat meal)
Breakfast at the pantry, cinnamon pancakes, yum! Clark Street pizza from Da Legna with hot peppers, A LOT of cholula sauce and a glass of Road Jam. Lastly, Milk and Cereal ice cream topped with extra fruity pebbles on a bubblecone from milkcraft, so damn good!

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      Goat
"June-ish"       "Help!"
6 RFT        20 Minute AMRAP 
5 Jumping C2B/ C2B      Buy in: 20m Bear Crawl 
5 DL (95/135)       10 WB (20/14)
5 Box Jumps (24/20)      10 Thrusters (65/45)
5 Burpees       10 DU (attempts)/ 20 Singles
5 RKBS (26/35)

6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
What else is there to do outside the gym? I try to get as much sleep as I can during the week, ya know, so I'm well rested for 5:30 a.m. One the weekends I try to go out and do something fun or catch up on Netflix. Nothing too exciting. 

7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
I LOVE The Lord of the Rings movies! I can watch them every day if I could. It's so amazing all the hard work they put into all the movies, it amazes me every time I watch them. As a Christmas gift to myself, I bought the extended version for all three movies and that was how I spent my weekend. I want to eventually read the books. I also love succulents. When I got them in the mail, I started crying because they made me so happy - don't judge me. Currently have seven on my desk at work, planning on getting more. I might have a problem.

8.  Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
It's never going to get easier, but remember to always continue to push yourself. You're stronger than you think (thank you Coach Aaron for telling me this during my first few months). We all have to start somewhere, don't feel intimidated because you see others going faster/ lifting heavier than you. You'll work your way up at YOUR pace. You definitely will struggle at first, but keep working at it don't give up. Getting to the gym is the first and most important part. Once you're there, fellow athletes will encourage you and Coaches will be there to help you along the way. Don't ever feel like you're asking too many questions, its ok. You got this!


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