Amanda earned her spot as a March DAClete of the month for coming in and crushing her workouts. She’s a long-time member of CrossFit New Haven and our District Athletic Club Personal Training programs.
Whether she is completing the daily work out, working one on one with a trainer, or doing some of her own gymnastics work Amanda is the embodiment of a team player and DAClete. She does her work and cheers on those around her.
Learn more about Amanda and why she earned the honor of DAClete this month:
1. How long have you been a member at District Athletic Club? I’ve been hanging around CrossFit New Haven since 2011 when my husband (Coach Sean) joined, but I finally joined CFNH for on-ramp in September, 2017. I started Personal Training in January, 2019.
2. What are some of your fitness goals to accomplish in 2020? I want to learn to connect bar muscle ups and make my first ring muscle up. My goal is to make it to Personal Training 2x/week and CrossFit 1-2x/week. I’d like to keep working on my form to feel more confident with my lifts.
3. What are some of your recent accomplishments of which you’re most proud? I increased my back squat during the CrossFit Total from 125# in June 2019 to 155# in January 2020. I’ve regained a lot of stability and strength in my wrist after breaking it in June 2018 – I can now hold a static handstand for up to 25-30 seconds without pain.
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? Sunday is meal prep day, which is the best way to make sure I’m eating healthy meals for lunch and dinner all week. A cheat meal/day would include a lot of pasta, cheese, and bread, followed by ice cream.
5. If you were to choose a workout for the entire DAC, what would it look like? (It can be anything!)
5 rounds for time
10 pull-ups/muscle ups
10 knee raises/toes to bar
10 m bear crawl/handstand walk
6. How do you spend your time when you’re away from DAC? I’ve been a coach at Glastonbury Gymnastics Club for almost 19 years, so I’ll either be at practice or meets with my girls. Over the summer, I play flute and piccolo in the Glastonbury Town Band, which I’ve done every summer since high school. Or I might be hanging out with Sean and our two cats, Simba and Dublin.
7. What is one fact that other DAC members may not know about you? I’m (relatively) fluent in Spanish – I majored in psychology and Spanish in college and after graduating with my masters in Occupational Therapy, I got a job in Waterbury and use Spanish every day when working with my patients.
8. Do you have any motivational thoughts or suggestions to folks just getting started at the gym? Let the coaches, trainers, etc. know if you need help – that’s what they’re there for. It’s easy to compare yourself to others when you’re getting started (or even a couple of years later), but keep your own goals in mind and compete against yourself to improve.