December Female Athlete of the Month

1.  How did you get your start at CFNH?

I started back at Crossfit at CFNH in February of 2015, I had attended other CrossFits and CFNH in the past as well but never committed to it.  In February of last year, I found myself in a rut.  After hearing a few Crossfitters at work, Derek Gartner and Mike DeFonzo talk about their workouts etc. I found myself nervously walking into the gym inquiring about a membership again.  It was comforting to see the same faces I had years before.  I jumped right in and started working out, definitely rusty on some movements but the coaches were great and encouraging.

2.  How has your approach and perspective on your workouts and motivations changed since you started CrossFitting?  What are some of your goals through the end of the year?

I love the challenge of Crossfit.  Unlike when I run, when I’m in the middle of a workout, I don’t think about anything else other than what’s in front of me.  Pullups, I would love to be able to fly through my pullups like Nadia and Tanya just to name a few.  I need to tighten up my diet, I eat ok but with all these Christmas beverages who can say no?

3.  What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud?

I don’t know that there is one specific accomplishment- there is still a lot I need to improve on, I can do a few double unders in a row, which is more than I could do when I first started.

4.  Do you follow any specific daily or weekly diet regimen to fuel your Athlete of the Month-level CrossFit performance?  What does your dream cheat meal/day look like?

I have no diet, I go through phases of good eating.  I participated in the Paleo challenge, I put a good effort in.  I learned that there is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into a good diet and it definitely pays off, I noticed a difference in the workouts. Unfortunately, I am not consistent and a regular cheat meal for me is charcoal chicken as encouraged by fellow employees.  Wine too if I’m being perfectly honest.

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).

I don’t have a particular workout in mind but my bread and butter would be anything with running, dead lifts, squats I think I do well with.  I completely eat it when it comes to any type of overhead upper body, specifically pull ups.

6.  How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH?

I am either working, class or home with my husband, Dave and two amazing kids, David and Charlotte. I may squeeze in a casino trip at least monthly for a mental break.   I love singing karaoke (I never said I was good) it comes with a certain freedom and we enjoy going to the movies.

7.  What is one fact people may not know about you?

I am from Long Island NY and served overseas in Iraq, 04’-05’ with the Army National Guard, where I met my awesome, supportive husband.  I am a Detective with the New Haven Police Department for 4 years and have been with the Department for almost 10 years.

8.  Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH?

I honestly think the coaches and the people make this gym what it is. Everyone is super friendly and encouraging. If you are new definitely see it through you will be motivated and pushed in the friendliest competitive nature.  If something seems hard take a second, look around the room everyone is doing what you’re doing to their best ability, push harder and keep your head up- you will feel amazing afterward.

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