Happy Tuesday! We are proud to announce Megan Schrader as our most recent addition to the CrossFit 818 coaching staff! Megan has been a member of the 818 family for over two years and has a solid resume of consisting of coaching and competition experience, and some of you may have had one of her classes already. Here's a little bit about her so you can better know who will be running your CrossFit show. Check it out!
When did you first start CrossFitting?:
August 29th, 2012
When did you first start training at CF 818?:
August 29th, 2012
Tell us about your sports and fitness background:
When I was a kid, I did gymnastics until I wanted to compete in team sports and I started playing softball. I was in cheerleading and dance as well, but when I started playing softball year-round, I gave up cheerleading and dance to dedicate myself fully to my team. I dreamed of going to Beijing at the ripe age of 18 to represent Team USA. By the time I was 15, I was traveling all over the country to play in college showcases and gain exposure. But after another year of playing, and many visits to the orthopedics’ office, my doctor said my joints were showing signs of arthritis and all the soft tissue damage I was experiencing would only get worse the more I played, until my only option would be to have surgery to repair the damage. So at 16 I stopped playing softball and went back to dancing and cheerleading for recreational/fitness purposes.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD...what was it, and how did it feel?
When I moved to Glendale after college, CF 818 was (still is) 3 blocks away. I figured why not? I was competitive, athletic, and “fit”. Joke was on me on that last part. I did a private intro with Z and he had me do the “Baseline.” It knocked me on my butt for a solid 10 mins afterwards. My first official WOD was:
2-4-6-8-10-8-6-4-2 Thrusters (115/75)
25-20-15-10-15-20-25 Double unders
I only got 18 reps. Hah! I felt so miserable and didn’t know if I was going to throw up or pass out or curl up in a ball and cry. I remember my coach coming and sitting next to me on the bench, telling me the first week is always really rough, but it gets better. I didn’t believe it. I couldn’t fathom even making it through a week of what felt like hell.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?:
So this requires a little bit of back story…All the way up until my senior year of college I was a pretty fit girl, courtesy of all the sports and activities I did. But I spent a semester abroad in the fall of my senior year in Paris where I ate mostly baguettes, cheese, pastries, and wine (I totally drooled reminiscing just now). Not going to the gym and that diet for 3 months wasn’t very kind to my body. I put on about 20 lbs., which put me right around 165. But I figured, I would be able to work it off once I was home, for the time being I was going to enjoy my experience eating the best the French had to offer. Six months after my return stateside, I had only shed a few pounds and lost maybe 1 inch going to the gym nearly every day. I was pretty disappointed, lost a lot of my self-confidence, and had started to resign myself into thinking “this is as good as it’s going to get.” In my first 3 months of CrossFit, I was back down to my old jean size and was feeling amazing. Fast forward 2 years, I no longer care what size I am, how much I weigh, etc. In fact, I love telling people how much I weigh, because the look of disbelief is priceless (150-155 by the way). I am so amazed of what my body is capable of and the potential it still has to continue improving. I finally feel confident in my own skin and proud of my thick thighs (affectionately named, Thunder and Lightning) and bubbly posterior. And in terms of my health, I haven’t been back to see my orthopedic doctor since I don’t even know when. I’m healthier than I ever have been because CrossFit isn’t just a fitness regime. I’ve learned the impact nutrition has on my fitness and overall health. Any joint pain I experience now is gone after spending some time on a foam roller. I didn’t used to be able to run long distances due to asthma despite how active I was, but now, while I may not enjoy it, I can do it. My inhalers usually expire before I even have to use them.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
If you had told me two years ago that I would be a coach at CF 818 and coaching/training would be my career, I probably would have laughed and said “mhmm…I doubt that.” When I graduated college, I was planning on entering into the fashion industry. While fitness had always been a part of my life, I didn’t see myself making it a career. But the more involved I got in CrossFit, the more I realized my passion for coaching and helping others turn their goals into a reality. As corny as it sounds, CrossFit helped me to figure out who I am and what I want to do with my life. Whodathunkit?
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF 818 moments:
My all time favorite moment(s) is the CF 818 Total. The energy in the gym during the total is unreal. I love witnessing the PR’s everyone makes, the looks of surprise when someone hits a weight they weren’t expecting, the cheering/whooping/yelling, etc. The total truly highlights the awesomeness of our community.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Stick with it, be smart about what you are doing, and clear your mind of “can’t.” Take the time to develop the different components of your fitness that might be deficient and be patient. The process is far more important than the end result.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I enjoy spending time with my family and hanging out with them (we’re weird like that). My brother and I are really close and when we can make it work in our schedules we go on brother-sister dates, usually to see a new movie that just came out and catch up on life over dinner. I also enjoy going to country music concerts, and I am a damn good line dancer. When I can, I love going up to the mountains and snowboarding or to the beach and surfing.
Megan and her family after her first NLI competition!
A. EMOTM 10:
2 split jerks
B. 8 rounds for time:
10 kb swings (70/53, USSR)
10 push press (115/85)
rest 1 minute
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