Everyone, welcome Coach Annie to the mix! She will be officially coaching several classes a week and we're glad to have her on board as CF 818 Coach.
When did you first start CrossFitting?:
September 2007, but it was on my own in a "globo gym". I was a "legit" Crossfitter October 2008
When did you first start training at CF 818?:
The First Day it opened. I am an OG at CF 818
Tell us about your sports and fitness background:
I have been very active my whole life. Since I was young I was always involved in a sporting activity I was a dancer, gymnast and played every sport I possibly could. In fact in 9th grade I had a choice to be a cheerleader or go out for the basketball team. I remember seeing the conditioning the basketball girls were doing which far exceeded anything the cheerleaders were; so I knew what my choice had to be. I also ran track, played volleyball, and tennis. I went on to play tennis at the college level too. While in college, I began to teach aerobics classes and personal train clients and I fell in love with fitness. If I wasn't at school I was at the gym. It was and still is my home away from home and a huge part of the Mello's life!
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD...what was it, and how did it feel?
I was first introduced to CrossFit by my husband, he called me and wanted me to come to "this gym" and do a "baseline" workout. He explained what it entailed and my reaction was "that's it?" Well the joke was definitely on me! The workout took me around 5 minutes and I immediately felt like I was in basketball "hell week" and I was hooked! It was exactly what I was looking for and missing in my training! My first official WOD was an AMRAP 20: 10 Turkish Getups, 25 squats, 400 meter run. I felt great, the people were so nice and welcoming, and it really pushed me in a way I had not experienced in a long time.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?:
My whole life has been transformed from CrossFit. I thought I was in great shape when I walked through the CF doors, I also thought that my body was "as good as it was going to get", boy was I wrong! I have accomplished things in Crossfit that I never imagined and this has carried over into my personal life as well. I never imagined I could do a pullup, let alone 55 in a row. I can Overhead Squat my body weight, I can mentally push through situations in my life because I know what I have accomplished at the box! I have set goals and not only hit them but far exceeded them. I believe in myself and my capabilities through CrossFit. I am proud to be "fit" not skinny! I can workout with just a sports bra and feel great! I associate food as fuel, not as calories, a diet, etc... It has empowered me to coach a gym of over 200 members and help them reach their goals; getting them on the path to be the best they can be!
What sort of change in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
I have completely transformed my body, and I am capable of doing exercises and movements that I never in my life imagined I would be doing!
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF 818 moments:
Going to the 2010 Regionals for the CrossFit Games. It was so great to work hand in hand with 6 other great individuals who pushed you, cheered you on, and took you to new levels that you did not know you were capable of going. It was also fun to train for something important again. I feel like after high school and college it is really hard to find an activity where you can feel that way again.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Do NOT compare yourself to others! Go into this process with an open mind and really challenge yourself. Get involved, it is called "CrossFit Community" for a reason. Last, utilize the coaches it is what we are here for and this will be the KEY to making CrossFit have a lasting impression!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I love cooking, baking, dancing, hiking. One of my favorite things to do is right my daily blog (www.fitchicla.com). I also love to help empower people; giving people tools they need to take their health and wellness to the next level!
5 rounds for time:
15 Overhead Squats (95/65)
Posted by Zareh.