Molly and the women of 818's 2012 Tough Mudder team!
When did you first start CrossFitting?: Aug 2011
When did you first start training at CF 818?: Aug 2011
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: My 1st introduction to fitness was surviving the wrestling matches with my older brother and sister. This tidbit also explains a lot about my interpersonal skills. When not fighting for my life, I primarily surfed the couch growing up. Determined to get off said couch, I joined the Track team in high school. A couple years in and I had to stop due to back pain, after a chiropractor told me I had the spine of a 50 yr old construction worker, due to bulging discs. Since then I have taken up a medley of intermural activities such as skiing (later replaced by boarding), soccer, volleyball, softball and crew. My back has a trend of acting up within 2 years of taking on a new sport, so I’ve had to keep my activity portfolio diverse.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD...what was it, and how did it feel? Both CrossFit and the Paleo lifestyle were first brought to my attention by our very own Tyler Selvage. The more he talked about it, the more it began to click. I started having little epiphanies - ‘wow, meat and veggies, that makes sense’, ‘short and intense workouts, I like that’, ‘a gym that’s a community vs a meat market - alright let’s try this out!’ To an untrained, innocent eye, the first WOD I decided to try out didn’t look like much on the board. Afterwards, a panting, sweating, limb-shaking mess on the floor, I was totally humbled. And addicted. This was the challenge I’d been seeking and I wanted more.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?: Body-wise, I tend to stay around the same size, however it is the fat to muscle ratio that varies. Having been cursed with the Sherman-ass, I do feel it is put to good use with CrossFit and now see it more as an (lol, pardon me) asset. I’ve always been highly self-conscious about my body and love that when I went to Hawaii, I didn’t hesitate to strip down to a bikini and soak up the rays. My body is far from perfect, but it’s my body and it works hard. So the friendship with my body has grown in a positive way since CF. What I appreciate most is that the challenge never goes away. As your ability grows and changes, the WOD is scaled to your changing ability. I’ll still lie on the floor panting post-WOD and am thankful for it.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? Honestly, the greatest improvement has been a mental one. CrossFit came into my life when work had long-ago eclipsed everything else. CF forced me to leave work and dedicate some time to myself. After a day of feeling beaten up mentally, I could burn some energy physically and end my day with a calm, more focused mind. It brought me back to me. And it introduced me to my wonderful fiancé Chris Abramian … but that’s a story for another blog :)
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF 818 moments: Whether I’m defrosting from a day at work or defrosting from waking up, the interactions with fellow 818ers always manage to melt away whatever’s caused me to freeze over that day. One of my favorite moments was when I hit my goal of 5-pulls ups. I had originally set the goal with a long struggle in mind, and surprised the hell out of myself one morning when I did 5 pull ups almost a month ahead of schedule. Getting pull-ups was great, but what really impacted me was my ability to set a goal, and then do the unthinkable – ATTAIN IT. It really taught me a lesson about myself, and showed me that I no longer need to fear setting goals and going after what I want! Those 5 pulls ups highlighted within me the confidence and accomplishment I needed to realize I’m not a special brand of failure; I’m an improved, more bad-ass brand of Molly. A special shout-out to Armen for helping me ID and attain this goal. Without the support of him and the people at 818, this important self-discovery would not have been possible.
Any advice for people just getting started? There’s no one fit for everyone; you have to go out and find what works for you. I share my story to demonstrate that improvement is at the fingertips of this pessimist, and is at your fingertips too. This is the workout, the lifestyle, the community which makes sense to me. If you’re looking for a quality investment for yourself and some good people to engage with along the way, then welcome home.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Soccer, hiking, volleyball … anything outside and preferably with a ball and a beer.
Molly & CA - the couple that WODs together stays together!
A. EMOTM for 3 minutes:
..rest 3 minutes..
EMOTM for 3 minutes:
3 cleans (heavier)
..rest 3 minutes..
EMOTM for 3 minutes:
1 clean (even heavier)
B. 2 rounds for time:
30 kb swings (53/35, USA)
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