in by Lindsay
A staple to the 6:30am crew, Barbara K may not be the loudest of the bunch, but boy is she fierce! Her dedicaiton, tenacity and openness to try something unfamiliar is what we love about her. She knows her limits, and how hard she can push herself without sacrificing her form. A coach's dream, if you ask us!
1. When and where did you start CrossFitting?
I did On Ramp at CFNH 4 years ago, and loved learning how to lift weights, as well as the opportunity to revisit my childhood—handstands haven’t been a big part of my life for decades. Thanks to Sahar Usmani-Brown for talking my husband Michel into trying Xfit—those of you who know us realize I couldn’t let him do something so fun without trying it as well.
2. Tell us how your goals and/or motivations have changed in the last year? Since we're almost through with 2017, is there anything you’d like to accomplish before the years end?
It took a while to build up strength and technique to match my aspirations (I’m still working on it), but now I’m trying to just deal with all the stuff that doesn’t come so easily—burpees, box jumps and thrusters, ugh—instead of giving myself a mental pass when they show up in a WOD. (I dream of getting strict pull-ups someday, but TTB are my goal for the year.)
3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?
Slowly chipping away at PRs for squats, jerks and deadlifts this summer—with encouragement from all of those young kids at the gym, and a growing collection of lacrosse balls and rollers at home.
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?
Michel and I cook a lot—heck, I didn’t know how to cook when I married him, and he pulled off dishes like stuffed oxtail and confit de canard, and still does—so I really workout so that I can eat, and not the other way around. Luckily, I like fruits and vegetables...so that kind of balances all the great things I make from that whole hog in our freezer. I am Polish, and we have a smoker after all-
Dream meal: rare hangar steak off the grill with sautéed mushrooms and creamed spinach on the side, homemade sourdough bread and a cheese platter in the best French style, red wine...and a perfect peach. All eaten outdoors on a balmy summer night. How much longer till June?
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: 5 rounds for time
5 heavy deadlifts
10 push ups
15 weighted abmat sit-ups
200 m run
Row, 40cal buy in/buy out
10 burpee box jumps
10 pull ups
6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?
Depending on the day, I’m either a happy and fulfilled—or harried and overworked—physician scientist Professor at Yale. If any of you want the long(er) version, buy me a drink at the Christmas party, and I’ll tell you more before the music gets too loud to talk.
7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you?
I bike more miles than my age, and hope that’s the case for a long time to come.
8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?
Life isn’t about getting to somewhere else; it’s about making the most of where you’re at. So commit to being in the game fully; know that you can do more than you think you’re capable of; and don’t save your best effort for another day.
Oh, and it helps to keep showing up!