We rarely see Laura without a smile on! She's such a pleasure to have in class, not just because of her positive attitude, but because she truly embodies our community. She roots for fellow athletes, attends events in and outside of the gym, and she works HARD & SMART.
We've truly enjoyed watching Laura get stronger and faster with us at CFNH.
…and we 100% support her life goals! #choosehappiness
1. When and where did you start CrossFitting? I started Crossfitting at Crossfit Incredible in Menlo Park, CA. I took a 6 week on-ramp because I was training to backpack & summit Mt. Whitney (14,505 ft) over 8 days with a group of teens with Type 1 diabetes. I was the medical provider & oldest person on the trip and I didn't want to slow the kids down! I was really out of shape at the time, so I knew I needed to drastically change my lifestyle in order to do it! I did not think I would continue with CrossFit, but I felt like it was a great way to relieve stress and meet new people, so I stuck with it!
2. What are some of your goals to accomplish in 2019? Fitness goals include strict pull ups and double unders. Life goals include HAPPINESS
3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you're most proud? My endurance has been off the hook! I am not great at cardio, but for me, I am KILLING IT! I was also pretty excited when I was able to back squat over 200 pounds!
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? I try to eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and legumes, as well as some lean meats or fish once a day. “Cheat days” or as I like to call them “treat yoself” days involve Arethusa ice cream because it is SO DELICIOUS.
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 WOD (AMRAP 10 min):
5 push ups
10 ring rows
20 wall balls
25 ab mat situps
60# sandbag squats to failure
Rest 1-2 min
6. How do you spend your time when you're away from CFNH? For work, I am a pediatric endocrinologist who primarily does research. Our group works on all sorts of research related to new technology for type 1 diabetes management. To see how well these devices manage diabetes, we test them out at trampoline parks, ropes courses, on hikes, at museums, at the Escape Room, etc. I am also a member of T1International's Connecticut chapter, which is a diabetes advocacy group with the goal of creating and passing legislation to improve access to insulin for those with and without health insurance. Otherwise, I snuggle with my 2 pups – Rocky & Izzy.
7. What is one fact that other CFNHers may not know about you? I used to be a Zumba instructor for kids!! I got my Zumba license and volunteered at a middle school with the goal of providing new strategies to help kids stay healthy, active, and have fun!!! Sometimes the kids would take turns making up dances & teaching the class their Zumba dance moves, too!
8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at CFNH? Try not to be hard on yourself when you start. The workouts are new, they are HARD, and you should be proud of yourself for showing up! Even if you are not the best at something, recognize your own amazing achievements, even when they are baby steps! Cheer others on when you are struggling – it's a good way to refocus your energy & help others along, too!